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, individuals can elect to major in two areas. A major in an area generally requires that you spend at least 50 percent of your clinical time in that area.

You have the opportunity for minor concentration electives in up to two minor areas. A minor in an area requires that you devote at least 15 percent of your time to that area.

Each fellow applies to the fellowship based on the fellowship track in which he or she is 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 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.
  7. Neuroradiology. All facets of neuroradiology (though we cannot provide training in neuroradiology that leads to a certificate of added qualification). This area is typically chosen as a major only in conjunction with another major, or is chosen as a minor.
  8. Breast. All facets of breast imaging, including digital radiographs, ultrasound, MRI and procedures.
  9. PET/CT. Teaches how to interpret, set up and administer a successful PET/CT laboratory, including understanding billing and coding issues.
  10. 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 have been developed:

  1. Musculoskeletal imaging. Major in musculoskeletal with 0-2 elective minors.
  2. Body MRI. Major in body MRI with 0-2 elective minors.
  3. Ultrasound. Major in ultrasound with 0-2 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 0-2 elective minors.
  6. Women's imaging. Major in breast imaging with minors in body MRI and ultrasound.
  7. Oncologic imaging. Major in PET/CT with 0-2 elective minors.
  8. Procedural imaging. Majors in ultrasound and image-guided procedures with 0-2 elective minors.
  9. Cardiothoracic imaging. Major in cardiothoracic imaging with 0-2 minors.

During the application and interview process, candidates are asked to broadly outline how they would optimally structure their 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 applicants' interests.

Each fellow gets 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 5 weeks
Academic time 5 weeks
Post-call and other 3 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."

In the program, a fellow must do at least 16 weeks (80 days) of work in one subject area and most typically do more than this concentrated in one area. We consider 16 weeks of clinical work to fulfill the requirement that your major should occupy at least 50 percent of your clinical time. Any elective has to involve at least five weeks (25 days) of clinical work in that area.

March 10, 2016