Fellows rotate through cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and have the option of extended rotations in the following:
- Peripheral vascular CT
- Chest CT
- Body MRI
- Nuclear medicine
- Stress testing
Other areas may be included in clinical rotations, depending on your interests.
Fellows may also rotate through Mayo Clinic's dedicated 3-D post-processing laboratory. The lab performs 3-D rendering and structured measurements for cardiac, vascular, musculoskeletal and neuro CT and MRI applications.
Electives in cardiology and vascular medicine also are available.
Your call schedule will vary by individual rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Cardiac Imaging Fellowship. For example, as a fellow in this program, you will:
- Attend departmental meetings and conferences
- Develop and make presentations at departmental conferences
- Prepare papers for presentation at research conferences
In addition, the Division of Cardiac Radiology has weekly clinical teaching conferences specifically for the cardiac imaging fellows, including clinical case reviews and didactic physics lectures.
Fellows are encouraged to actively participate in research projects. There are also opportunities for fellows to use Mayo Clinic's extensive research resources, including the Opus Imaging Research Building. This facility has dedicated research MRI scanners, including high field strength scanners, dual source CT scanners, animal laboratories and other resources for advanced, multimodality imaging research.
You will have the opportunity to teach radiology residents, cardiology fellows, Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through daily clinical work and formal didactic lectures.
You will meet periodically with 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. Thus, when you successfully complete a radiology fellowship, job opportunities may be available at Mayo Clinic.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.