The Neuroradiology Fellowship provides an opportunity for state-of-the-art radiology clinical and research training at the fellowship level. The clinical rotations are high in volume and include purely procedural, purely diagnostic, and mixed procedural and diagnostic rotations.
Approximate clinical rotation lengths are:
|MRI, including brain, head and neck, and spine; fMRI; MRS
|CT and radiography, including brain, head and neck, and spine
|Spine intervention, including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, which include pain management procedures
|Cerebral angiography, including diagnostic and interventional procedures
|Nuclear radiology, including PET
A strength of the Neuroradiology Fellowship is the reading room one-on-one learning, with case-by-case real-time feedback from supervising staff neuroradiologists. In addition, you receive education in other venues, including a dedicated neuroradiology fellow lecture series, residency lecture series, multidisciplinary clinical conferences, visiting professorships, journal clubs and research seminars.
You are able to learn by educating radiology residents and medical students, both at the workstation and formal teaching conferences.
Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You are encouraged to participate in research projects with the consulting staff. This includes opportunities for clinical studies and laboratory-based projects.
You progress from participating in existing research programs within the department to formulating an original program of investigation. The specific timetable for this progression depends on your prior experience.
Extensive research opportunities and facilities are available through Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology. You are assigned an adviser from the department based on your research interest. The adviser may be changed during the fellowship.
Individual research projects require advocacy and supervision by a staff member of the Department of Radiology — usually the adviser, but not always. In general, written plans for individual projects are submitted to the department research committee for assistance.
A program objective is that the primary research project yields results that are suitable for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed literature. Fellows receive dedicated research days. They also receive financial support for travel, lodging, meals and registration fees for meetings at which they present and for one non-presentation (attendance) trip.
Your call schedule varies by individual rotation. Typical frequency in recent years has been one in five weeks. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
You have the opportunity to teach radiology residents, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students and visiting students from other medical schools through daily clinical work and formal didactic lectures.
You meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss your career goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs, so when you successfully complete the Neuroradiology Fellowship, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Neuroradiology Fellowship. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.