Advanced Radiology Fellowships Overview (Arizona)

Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, has funding for four one-year advanced radiology fellowship positions each year.

We have multiple potential fellowship tracks and expect each fellow to specialize in one major area. In some instances, you can elect to major in two areas.

The academic year is divided into 13 four-week blocks. You must spend at least seven blocks concentrated in one subject area. This is considered your major area of study. So as not to dilute the educational experience in a major, we do encourage fellows to spend more than seven blocks in their major area of study; most fellows see the value in this and, indeed, do more than seven blocks. The remainder of the year can be spent in up to two elective areas. Electives must be a minimum of 25 days of clinical work in that area.

You apply to the fellowship based on the fellowship track in which you are primarily interested (one or two major interests).

The specific areas (major or minor areas) of possible focus are:

  1. Body MRI. All facets of abdominal, pelvic and vascular MRI.
  2. Body CT. Includes training in CT-guided procedures and 3-D CT lab.
  3. Gastroenterology. Training in virtual colonography and barium examinations.
  4. Ultrasound. Includes experience with all types of diagnostic and interventional ultrasound (US) examinations, such as 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, pseudoaneurysm thrombin therapy, and others. You can choose to emphasize or de-emphasize interventional procedures as desired.
  5. Image-guided procedures. Usually combined with interventional ultrasound experience, this area offers additional experience in as many other types of procedural skills training as desired, such as laser vein ablation; CT-guided biopsies and interventions in the deep neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis; and spine interventions, including vertebroplasty and angiography.
  6. Musculoskeletal. All facets of musculoskeletal imaging and intervention, including dedicated time spent with our neuroradiologists learning spine imaging and interventions as well as time spent at Phoenix Children's Hospital in musculoskeletal imaging.
  7. Breast. All facets of breast imaging, including 2-D and 3-D (tomosynthesis) digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, molecular breast imaging (MBI), contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) and image-guided procedures (2-D and 3-D stereotactic biopsy), US- and MRI-guided biopsy, radioactive seed localizations and sentinel lymph node injections.
  8. 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.
  9. Cardiothoracic. Cardiac CT and MRI and thoracic radiographs, CT, MRI, and biopsies.

Based on these potential areas of rotation, a variety of fellowship tracks can be created. These are examples of fellowship tracks that trainees have chosen:

  1. Musculoskeletal imaging. Major in musculoskeletal with zero to two elective minors.
  2. Body MRI. Major in body MRI with zero to two elective minors.
  3. Ultrasound. Major in ultrasound with zero to two elective minors.
  4. Abdominal imaging. Major in body MRI with minors in body CT, gastroenterology and ultrasound.
  5. Breast imaging. Major in breast imaging with zero to two elective minors.
  6. Women's imaging. Major in breast imaging with minors in body MRI and ultrasound.
  7. Oncologic imaging. Major in PET/CT and body MRI with zero to two elective minors.
  8. Procedural imaging. Major in ultrasound and image-guided procedures with zero to two elective minors.
  9. Cardiothoracic imaging. Major in cardiothoracic imaging with zero to two minors.

During the application and interview process, you are asked to broadly outline how you would optimally structure your fellowship. Applicants are selected on the basis of their major interest(s), but it is important for the selection committee to understand if the applicant is interested in minor concentrations. The exact mix of fellows varies every year based on the their interests.

You get academic time to work on projects, conferences and presentations. You also are funded for up to five days for trip attendance at a national conference and may be eligible for additional trip funding for one additional conference if presenting data. All fellows receive three weeks of vacation.

Advanced Radiology Fellowships in Arizona

Visit each fellowship's website for details and contact information:

This is a sample of how fellows in our program typically segment their time:

Topic Length
Orientation 1 week
Vacation 3 weeks
Trips and interviews 2 weeks
After-hours work 6 weeks
Academic time 3 weeks
Post-call and other 4 weeks
Clinical work 33 weeks
Total 52 weeks

This is not to say that these activities are all done in weeklong increments — for example, you may choose to take individual vacation days. Based on feedback from our fellows, the after-hours work they do is of great practical value, since most end up in practices (both academic and private) that require them to have maintained skills in other areas besides their "major."

April 07, 2017