Curriculum

Mayo Clinic's Vascular/Interventional Imaging Fellowship provides an opportunity for clinical radiology and research training at the fellowship level. Fellows progress from participation in existing research programs within the department to formulation of an original program of investigation. The specific timetable for this progression depends on a fellow's prior experience.

Clinical training

Rotation Length
Angiography 6 months
MRI/Vascular CT (Imatron Ultrafast CT) 1 month
Nonvascular Interventional 3 to 4 months
Electives 1 to 2 months

Call frequency

The fellowship call schedule is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Research training

Extensive research opportunities and facilities are available through Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects with the consulting staff. This includes opportunities for clinical studies and laboratory-based projects.

Trainees are assigned an adviser from the department, as determined by the fellowship committee. This assignment is based on the fellow's research interest. The adviser may be changed during the fellowship, at the option of the committee.

Individual research projects require advocacy and supervision by a staff member of the Department of Radiology (usually, but not always the adviser). In general, written plans for individual projects are submitted to the department research committee for assistance.

A program objective is that most research projects will yield results that are suitable for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed literature. Research projects are also presented to the department at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship.

Conferences

As part of this program, fellows are expected to:

  • Attend departmental meetings and conferences
  • Develop and make presentations at departmental conferences
  • Attend conferences at research facilities
  • Prepare papers for presentation at research conferences

Teaching opportunities

Fellows have the opportunity to teach students from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and visiting students from other medical schools through daily clinical work and formal didactic lectures.

Career development

Fellows meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss their career goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. After successfully completing a radiology fellowship program, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

Evaluation

To confirm that fellows acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, performance is monitored carefully throughout the Vascular/Interventional Imaging Fellowship. Trainees are evaluated formally by supervising faculty members after each clinical rotation. In addition, fellows evaluate the faculty to ensure that their educational needs are being met.

March 08, 2017