Curriculum

Clinical training

During the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship, you receive advanced training in all aspects of musculoskeletal radiology in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including experience with MRI, computerized tomography (CT) and interventional procedures.

Rotation schedule

The fellowship rotations are variable and can be modified to meet individual interests and career goals. Required rotations include:

  • Routine radiographic interpretation
  • Musculoskeletal MRI
  • Musculoskeletal CT
  • Musculoskeletal US
  • Musculoskeletal interventional procedures
  • Orthopedic surgery (rotation in Department of Orthopedic Surgery)
  • Spine imaging and interventions
  • Research

Electives include:

  • Spine
  • Body MRI

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship.

Activities include:

  • Orthopedic tumor conference — weekly
  • MR-arthroscopic correlation and ortho-radiology correlation (nonarthroscopic cases) conferences — alternating Tuesdays
  • Journal club — weekly
  • Sarcoma conference
  • Sports medicine conference

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. The Musculoskeletal Imaging Section in the Department of Radiology is actively involved in clinical research, and fellows are expected to participate in one or more clinical research projects with the consulting staff.

Fellows are expected to prepare one manuscript for publication and presentation at a national meeting and are given up to one month of academic time to fulfill this expectation. Mayo Clinic funds the presentation of the research. Additionally, you are required to prepare and present occasional didactic lectures.

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach Mayo Clinic's medical students and radiology residents as well as visiting medical students and through daily clinical work.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored throughout the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members on a regular 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.