Curriculum

Clinical training

At Mayo Clinic, the 12-month academic year for your clinical training in the Advanced Radiology Fellowship is divided into 13 four-week blocks. While we do expect fellows to spend a large majority of their time in their chosen field, each fellowship track (with the exception of the Combined Radiology Track) does allow some opportunity for elective time to be spent outside of your major area of study.

Generally, this elective time is limited to two or three four-week blocks in these areas:

Elective opportunities

RotationBlock minimum*
*Minimum number of four-week blocks required to participate in this elective area

Note: Please refer to each fellowship track for a more detailed description of elective opportunities, as they differ.
Body CT 1 block
Abdominal Radiology MRI 2 blocks
Breast 2 blocks
Cardiothoracic 1 block
Diagnostic ultrasound 1 block
Musculoskeletal 2 blocks
Neuroradiology 2 blocks
PET/CT and nuclear medicine 2 blocks
Ultrasound-guided procedures 2 blocks

Rotation descriptions

Body CT

Includes training in CT colonography, liver donor evaluation, dual-energy technique, and other advanced CT techniques.

Abdominal Radiology MRI

Abdominal, pelvic, and vascular MRI are covered.

Breast

Encompasses all areas of breast imaging, including screening and diagnostic 2-D and 3-D digital mammography, diagnostic ultrasound (US), MRI, molecular breast imaging (MBI), and contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM). Image-guided procedures include 2-D and 3-D stereotactic biopsy, US- and MRI-guided biopsy, radioactive seed localizations, and sentinel lymph node injections.

Cardiothoracic

Routine and high-resolution CT imaging of the chest, thoracic radiography, as well as cardiac CT and MRI are included.

Diagnostic ultrasound

Includes all types of diagnostic ultrasound evaluations.

Musculoskeletal

All facets of musculoskeletal imaging and intervention.

Neuroradiology

All areas of head, neck, and spine imaging as well as fluoroscopically guided lumbar spine interventions.

PET/CT and nuclear medicine

Teaches how to interpret, set up, and administer a successful PET/CT laboratory, including understanding billing and coding issues. Depending on individual interests, training may include PET/MRI and traditional nuclear medicine studies.

Ultrasound-guided procedures

Covers targeted visceral biopsy, liver biopsy, renal biopsy, head and neck fine-needle aspiration (thyroid, lymph node, and parotid), soft tissue tumor biopsy, liver and renal ablation procedures, saline infusion sonohysterograms, radiotherapy marker placements, and pseudoaneurysm thrombin therapy, among others.

Call frequency

Beginning in July 2019, overnight call shifts will be covered by our radiology residents and fellows will not have overnight responsibilities. Fellows do, however, participate in general radiology call on weekend days as these responsibilities are important in maintaining the general skills attained in general radiology residency.

General call is often rated as a valuable part of the fellowship by past fellows who have graduated. Once you are selected for an interview, details related to expected call responsibilities will be provided. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Conferences

As part of this fellowship, you participate in recurring conferences specific to your chosen areas of study. For a listing of specific conferences, visit the webpage of each core radiology fellowship tract. Generally speaking, each division of radiology participates in a multidisciplinary conference at least once every four weeks and many divisions have weekly conferences in which you actively participate.

Research training

We ask that each fellow be involved in some facet of research. You are given a minimum of 10 days for research to fulfill this expectation. For fellows actively involved in research, additional research time may be awarded at the discretion of the division. The department will fund presentation of this research at national or regional meetings.

Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals is also encouraged.

National conferences

For those highly motivated in academics, this might include speaking at a national society meeting or becoming first or second author for a peer-reviewed journal article. Or you may choose to participate in a poster presentation, electronic exhibit, or case review.

Each fellow is given up to five days of funding for attendance at a national society conference. Additional funding may be available for fellows presenting data at a conference.

Teaching opportunities

Opportunities are available for you to teach radiology and nonradiology residents and medical students rotating through their chosen areas of study. You also educate fellows, residents, and attending staff from other departments through frequent and routine daily interactions.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Advanced Radiology Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members on a quarterly basis and meet with the program director to review these evaluations.

In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.