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Overview

The Abdominal and Body Radiology Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, covers all facets of abdominal, pelvic and vascular MRI.

The robust curriculum includes special emphasis on diseases of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems as well as comprehensive exposures to MRI that cannot be mastered in radiology residency training. As a fellow, you will work closely with abdominal imaging experts and gain the skills necessary for a successful career in private and academic radiology practice.

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Program highlights include:

  • Balanced curriculum covering fundamentals as well as advanced imaging methods.
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. The fellowship offers ample experience with 3.0T and 1.5T MRI scanners and PET/MRI integrated with a 3.0T MRI.
  • Up to eight weeks of elective rotations in areas outside of body MRI
  • Opportunities to be involved in nationally acclaimed clinical research endeavors

Accreditation

The Abdominal and Body Radiology MRI Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, is a non-ACGME accredited program.

Certification

Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on their American Board of Radiology Certification Exam.

Program history

Mayo Clinic's first Advanced Radiology fellowship began in the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona in 2000 and we have trained over 110 fellows since. The Advanced Radiology Fellowship transitioned to three individual programs including Abdominal and Body Radiology MRI, Musculoskeletal Radiology, and Breast Imaging fellowships in 2021. We currently accept two Abdominal and Body Radiology MRI fellows each year. We also have a strong residency program of 16 residents (four per class) and are careful not to dilute fellow or resident training by accommodating too many learners on any given rotation.

What is the patient population like?

The majority of patients come from Arizona, surrounding states, and the Midwest. Our patient population is an adult population with with diverse pathology including oncology and complex non-maligant conditions (e.g., transplant, cirrhosis, cholangitis, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, perianal fistula, pelvic floor disorder, endometriosis, urolithiasis, polycystic kidney and liver disease, urolithiasis, and inflammatory/infectious disease). Often, patients are referred to Mayo Clinic for evaluation by renowned experts, bringing complex cases from outside institutions to higher levels of care. Mayo Clinic in Arizona is also one of the largest organ transplant programs (e.g., liver, kidney, pancreas, bone marrow) in the United States. This patient population with diverse pathology makes our fellows proficient at handling complex clinical decisions.

Ethnic diversity among patients is widely abundant, and underserved populations are encountered at Mayo Clinic facilities.

How much autonomy will I have?

The intent of our abdominal and body radiology MRI fellowship is to produce proficient, competent, and independent radiologists. As a fellow, you are responsible for all aspects of abdominal MRI exams, including protocols, monitoring of exam, interpretation, dictation, reporting, and consulting as a subspecialist with referring services and recommending additional studies as appropriate.

You will have graduated responsibility and act under the direct supervision of abdominal MRI staff. As you progress to an expected level, increasing responsibility will be assigned. Because the fellowship is only one year, we work hard to develop your skills so that you can be confident as an independent abdominal radiologist.

What is the work-life balance like?

Our fellowship is designed to provide fellows a solid education in abdominal radiology MRI that prepares them to thrive in both academic or private practice settings. Fortunately, these academic rigors still afford fellows and their families the opportunity to enjoy activities outside of the workplace within the large Phoenix metropolitan area.

Phoenix currently ranks among the nation’s top 5 most populated cities, with 4.5 million people in the Phoenix metro area in 2020. The city offers numerous entertainment and cultural opportunities, including access to professional sporting events, theater, arts, museums, zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and various leisure activities such as shopping, golf, trail hiking, and fine dining. On average, we see about 300 sunny days per year in Phoenix.

Many of our fellows have spouses, significant others, or children, and the program provides enough flexibility to allow them to train while still enjoying their families. We are a growing, medium-sized radiology department. Fellows and residents often find themselves more than just colleagues — they are close friends, frequently interacting outside the work environment and report overall satisfaction with the work-life balance.

What is the dress code?

The dress and decorum policy at Mayo Clinic provides the standards to maintain and convey Mayo Clinic’s focus on professionalism, quality, excellence and safety. Professional dress and decorum are among the most visible ways we demonstrate mutual respect and putting the needs of patients first. The policy allows for flexibility. Suits are not required, but “business attire” (i.e., a tie) is recommended. Fellows wear scrubs and a white coat on appropriate hospital inpatient and on call services.

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