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Advanced Radiology Fellowships (Arizona)

Advanced Radiology Fellowships, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Mayo Clinic Arizona has funding for nine 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% 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% of your time in that area.

Each fellow applies to the fellowship based on the fellowship track in which they are primarily interested (one or two major interests). The specific areas of possible focus are listed below (these are major or minor areas):

  1. Body MR: All facets of abdominal, pelvic, and vascular MR.
  2. Body CT: Includes training in CT-guided procedures and 3D-CT lab.
  3. GI: Training in virtual colonography and barium examinations.
  4. Ultrasound: Includes experience with all types of diagnostic and interventional ultrasound examinations (e.g., targeted visceral biopsy; liver biopsy; renal biopsy; head and neck FNA (thyroid/lymph node/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 different other types of procedure skills training as desired (e.g., laser vein ablation; CT-guided biopsies and interventions in the deep neck/chest/abdomen/pelvis; spine interventions, including vertebroplasty and angiography)
  6. Musculoskeletal: All facets of MSK imaging and intervention, including dedicated time spent with our neuroradiologists learning spine imaging/intervention.
  7. Neuroradiology: All facets of neuroradiology (we cannot provide training in Neuroradiology that leads to CAQ 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 (digital radiographs, US, MR, 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/MR and thoracic radiographs/CT/MR/biopsies.

Based on these potential areas of rotation, a variety of fellowship tracks can be created. The following are examples of fellowship tracks that have been developed:

  1. Musculoskeletal Imaging: Major in musculoskeletal; with 0-2 elective minors.
  2. Body MR: Major in body MR; with 0-2 elective minors.
  3. Ultrasound: Major in ultrasound; with 0-2 elective minors.
  4. Abdominal Imaging: Major in body MR; with minors in body CT, GI, and ultrasound.
  5. Breast Imaging: Major in breast imaging; with 0-2 elective minors.
  6. Women's Imaging: Major in breast imaging with minor in body MR 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 will be 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 will get academic time to work on projects, conferences, and presentations. You will also be 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.

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

Orientation 1 week
Vacation 3 weeks
Trips/Interviews 2 weeks
After Hours Work 5 weeks
Academic Time 5 weeks
Post Call/Other 3 weeks
Clinical Work 33 weeks
TOTAL 52 weeks

This is not to say that these activities are all done in week-long 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% of your clinical time. Any elective has to involve at least five weeks (25 days) of clinical work in that area.

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