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Curriculum

Mayo Clinic's Mammography/Women's Imaging fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity to develop expertise in all aspects of breast imaging and intervention as well as female pelvic imaging. Fellows work closely with staff consultant. Opportunities exist for involvement in current research programs or formulation of original investigations.

Clinical Training

Breast Imaging and Intervention Training Additional Women's Imaging (to be chosen from the list below)
  • Screening and diagnostic mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Image-guided procedures: Stereotactic, US, MRI
  • Training in quality control and assurance.

6 months

  • Multidisciplinary Clinical training – 1 month
    (1 week in each area: breast pathology, breast surgery, breast clinic, breast oncology)
  • Body MRI – includes pelvic MRI – 0 to 3 months
  • Body US – includes pelvic US (OB US possible by special arrangement) – 0 to 3 months
  • Body CT – includes pelvic CT – 0 to 3 months
  • Additional time in breast imaging and intervention – 0 to 3 months
  • Dedicated research time, if appropriate project (optional) – 1 to 2 months
  • Elective time – 0 to 1 month

6 months total

Didactic Training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Mammography/ Women's Imaging Fellowship Program. For example, you will:

  • Attend departmental meetings and multi-disciplinary conferences.
  • Develop and make presentations at conferences
  • Attend research conferences
  • 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 will be assigned an advisor from the department, as determined by the fellowship committee. The advisor may be changed during the fellowship, at the option of the committee.

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

A program objective is that most research projects will yield results, which 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 may 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. Thus, when you successfully complete a radiology fellowship program, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

Evaluation
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.

Call Frequency
Your exact call schedule will vary. You will take cross-sectional call with staff supervision. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Teaching Opportunities
You will 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.

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