Program overview

Duration: 8 months
Class size: 2 students each year
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

The internship is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of postgraduate radiography students. You receive technological training in thoracic, visceral, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, neurologic, and peripheral diagnosis and intervention for vascular and nonvascular systems.

The internship prepares you for a career in vascular interventional radiography by providing a high-quality curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, a diverse patient population and a favorable faculty-to-student ratio, all in an environment supporting the service values of Mayo Clinic. 

To apply to the internship, you must have completed an accredited radiology program, be a certified radiographer through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and Florida Department of Health, and be Basic Life Support (BLS) certified or expect to be prior to the beginning of their internship.

Applicants have a strong competitive advantage if they:

  • Can demonstrate a relatively strong background in math and science
  • Had at least a 3.0 GPA in college courses
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the field of vascular interventional radiography

Applicants are not selected based on grades alone. Letters of reference and interviews also are required.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) vascular-interventional (VI) registry, which provides graduates with nationally recognized credentials to practice vascular interventional radiology. Individual states may have other requirements.

How to apply

  1. Application materials. To apply to the program, submit:
    • Official transcripts demonstrating all college credits earned, including credits and grades from your most recent quarter or semester. High school transcripts are not required.
    • Three completed reference forms, one from each of the categories listed below. These are submitted electronically through the online application. Keep in mind the following as you choose your references:
      • Work reference. Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of radiography. References may include employers, teachers or supervisors.
      • Educational reference. Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the field of radiography. References may include former or present teachers or professors.
      • Personal reference. Choose a person familiar with your personal qualifications and your potential for success in the field of radiography. References may include former or present teachers, employers, club and society leaders, or members of the clergy.

    Transcripts may be sent directly to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences from the school and must include an embossed seal. If they are sent to you first, include the transcripts with your application in their original, unopened envelopes.

    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

  2. Online application. Complete the online Application for Admission. After you create an account or log in, select Application for Admission. (Disregard the standardized testing and licensing and registration sections.)
  3. Interviews. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews can be conducted via webcam depending on your state of permanent residence or personal choice. Interviews are held in August each year.
  4. Acceptance. Appointment letters are mailed in late August to early September. If you receive an appointment letter, your reply is expected within two weeks. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the physical examination and background check.

Curriculum

By program completion, you will have:

  • Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities assisting physicians during multiple examinations of the circulatory, alimentary and skeletal systems through angiographic and radiographic evaluation in these categories: neurologic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, peripheral and thoracic
  • Operated angiographic equipment and instrumentation as a radiologic technologist to a level of competency in these categories: digital imaging, data acquisition, post-processing, digital subtraction techniques, image archiving, quality control, display setup, 3-D reconstruction, automatic pressure injection, catheters, guide wires, needles and implantable devices
  • Enhanced your patient care skills as a radiologic technologist relating to the interventional suite or department in these categories: patient education, informed consent, assessment and monitoring, lab values, contrast administration, medications, IV therapy, asepsis and sterile technique, emergency care, and cardiac life support
  • Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities in assisting physicians during interventional procedures of all of the aforementioned body systems to include stent placement, angioplasty, dilatations, drainage procedures, mechanical thrombectomy, thrombolysis, brachytherapy, sclerotherapy, ablation, embolization, biopsy, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, central venous access, foreign-body retrieval, and distal protection device placement
  • Studied anatomy and physiology, pathology, indications and contraindications for procedures, patient positioning, intravascular access methods, intraprocedural patient management, complications, and ultrasound guidance to the echelon of an entry-level vascular-interventional technologist

Upon completion, you will have obtained comprehensive exposure, under direct program faculty supervision, in the management of various disease entities, including but not limited to:

  • Acute ischemic stroke syndrome
  • Acute brain hemorrhage (subarachnoid hemorrhage and intraparenchymal hemorrhage)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Seizures and status epilepticus
  • Vascular malformation
  • Atherosclerotic disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Hepatic malignancies
  • Abscess and sinus formation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Nephropathy
  • Vascular spasm
  • Vasculitis

Your didactic experiences include:

  • Fundamental pharmacology. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss basic pharmacological patient provisions in the Interventional Radiology section. Medications discussed include analgesics, IV sedatives, anticoagulants, thrombolytic, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, contrast and emergency response medications. This lecture is a combined, short review of information conjoined with fundamental indications and contraindications.
  • Equipment and instrumentation. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss interventional radiology equipment and instrumentation devices:
    • Digital imaging (image characteristics, data acquisition, subtraction technique, archiving, quality control, 3-D reconstruction)
    • Automatic pressure injectors (parts, function, operation)
    • Procedural supplies (catheters, sheaths, guide wires, angioplasty balloons, closure devices, atherectomy and mechanical thrombectomy devices)
    • Implantable devices (caval filters, both permanent and removable)
    • Central venous catheters
    • Embolic materials
    • Stents and stent grafts
  • Patient care. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss patient care provisions in the Interventional Radiology section. Course content includes:
    • Patient communication
    • Patient education
    • Informed consent
    • Patient assessment and monitoring (normal and abnormal values; implications)
    • Vital signs
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Access assessment
    • Peripheral pulses
    • Anatomical location
    • Lab values
    • Contrast administration
    • Indications and contraindications
    • Asepsis and sterile technique (sterile technique, sterile fields, patient preparation, maintenance of sterile fields, surgical scrub technique, infection control, standard precautions)
    • Emergency care (contrast reactions and complications, hemodynamic responses, nephrotoxicity, CNS reactions, treatment and medication)
    • Cardiac life support (BLS, defibrillation)

    You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Pathology
    • Indications for procedure
    • Contraindications for procedure
    • Patient positioning
    • Access method
    • Ultrasound guidance
    • Patient management
    • Intravascular pressure measurements
    • Contrast administration
    • Equipment
    • Exposure technique
    • Image enhancement
    • Closure devices
    • Complications in the aforementioned categories
      • Thoracic abdominal
      • Genitourinary and gastrointestinal nonvascular
      • Peripheral
      • Venous access
      • Dialysis management
  • Case study. You are encouraged, but not expected, to review interventional radiology cases with the medical adviser or department attending (or both) in order to gain a more complete introduction to the science.

As a vascular interventional radiologic technology intern, you: 

  • Rotate on the hospital service under the guidance of program faculty, supervising technologists, attending physicians, resident physicians and radiology nurses
  • Receive orientation on the first day to review the structure of the services, daily work flow and patient care
  • Have the opportunity to concentrate on procedures that are aligned with pending educational interests and/or necessities after successful completion of the first 12 weeks of the program
  • Scrub and circulate interventional cases, perform radiologic technologist responsibilities, and practice proper aseptic and sterile technique
  • Experience a more progressive and independent clinical education that will be managed accordingly by the program's faculty
  • Have continual access to the program's faculty for questions regarding procedural and patient care issues

Clinical rotations are scheduled in several areas at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic hospital. No off-site rotations are required as part of the program curriculum.

Hours

The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus a maximum of five on-call training weekends. 

Tuition and financial aid

There is no tuition or fees for the Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology Internship.

Surgical scrubs are provided, though you must abide by the Department of Radiology dress and decorum policy for entering the building. The purchase of department-specific colored uniforms may be required.

You are responsible for providing your own living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment during the internship if it does not conflict with educational time.