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Mayo Clinic's Cross-Sectional Imaging Fellowship provides an opportunity for radiology clinical and research training at the fellowship level. You 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 your prior experience.

During this fellowship, you receive advanced training in all aspects of body imaging in both outpatient and hospital radiology settings.

Clinical training

You gain significant hands-on experience in ultrasonography, CT and MRI. High patient volumes and one-on-one staff contact make this an attractive learning experience.

Rotation schedule

Rotation Length
Ultrasonography 4 months
Computed tomography 3 months
Magnetic resonance imaging 4 months
Elective 1 month

Elective time can be used for additional training in ultrasonography, CT and MRI for research purposes.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the Cross-Sectional Imaging Fellowship.

For example, you:

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

Research training

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.

Extensive research opportunities and facilities are available through Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology. You are assigned an adviser from the department, as determined by the fellowship committee. This assignment is based on your 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 yield results that are suitable for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed literature. Research projects with the goal of submission for publication and presentation at the end of the fellowship are required.

Career development

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 a radiology fellowship, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

Call frequency

Your call schedule varies by individual rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach residents, Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through daily clinical work and formal didactic lectures.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Cross-Sectional Imaging Fellowship. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member quarterly. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

  • June 16, 2016
  • ART950964