Interventional Radiology residents working together in the operating room at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Graduate medical education in radiology at Mayo Clinic

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The one- or two-year Interventional Radiology Independent Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, provides clinical training in a dynamic department where faculty members are passionate and recognized for teaching. As a resident, you will learn interventional radiology working side by side with outstanding interventional radiologists and allied health staff.

In addition to Mayo Clinic's favorable faculty ratio and solid academic instruction, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and tremendous educational resources, many unique aspects of the program are designed to prepare you for a career in academic interventional radiology or private practice.

Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, is a destination medical center. The interventional radiology division offers high-level care with a strong presence in interventional oncology and transplant interventions. As a nationally recognized cancer center, interventional oncology is a growing part of our practice with a high volume of ablations and intra-arterial therapies performed for the treatment of tumors. The division works closely with vascular surgery collaborating on complex vascular cases. Mayo Clinic is also a referral center for venous thrombotic disease (acute and chronic) and women’s interventions.

The Interventional Radiology Division has four dedicated physician assistants, a service nurse, and one nursing team lead. All three angio suites are state-of-the-art with access to a CT scanner for CT-guided procedures. An active outpatient interventional radiology clinic with dedicated outpatient clinic space is present, allowing pre-procedural assessment of patients as well as longitudinal care following procedures. A 22-bay holding room is used for pre- and post-procedural care.

Rahmi Oklu, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Minimally Invasive Therapeutics Lab. The recipient of extensive National Institutes of Health funding, the lab is pioneering novel biomaterials to treat a variety of diseases. Some areas of focus include drug delivery and capture, embolic materials, venous thrombosis, and catheter technology. This offers extensive research opportunities as an interventional radiology resident.

For those interested in gaining teaching experience, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine opened a medical school on the Phoenix/Scottsdale campus in 2017, and there are numerous opportunities for you to assist with medical education programming.

Video: The Arizona Experience


Video: The Arizona Experience


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) examination offered by the American Board of Radiology. Since the IR/DR certificate recognizes competency in both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology, certificate holders can practice both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.

Program history

The American Board of Medical Specialties approved the American Board of Radiology request for a primary certification of interventional radiology in September 2014. 

The Interventional Radiology Independent Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, was approved in 2018. We anticipate that one or two trainees will complete this program annually.

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