During the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship, you receive advanced training in all aspects of musculoskeletal radiology in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including experience with MRI, computerized tomography (CT) and interventional procedures.
The fellowship rotations are variable and can be modified to meet individual interests and career goals. Required rotations include:
- Routine radiographic interpretation
- Musculoskeletal MRI
- Musculoskeletal CT
- Musculoskeletal interventional procedures
- Orthopedic surgery (rotation in Department of Orthopedic Surgery)
- Spine imaging and interventions
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship.
- Orthopedic tumor conference — weekly
- MR-arthroscopic correlation and ortho-radiology correlation (nonarthroscopic cases) conferences — alternating Tuesdays
- Journal club — weekly
- Sarcoma conference
- Sports medicine conference
Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. The Musculoskeletal Imaging Section in the Department of Radiology is actively involved in clinical research, and fellows are expected to participate in one or more clinical research projects with the consulting staff.
Fellows are expected to prepare one manuscript for publication and presentation at a national meeting and are given up to one month of academic time to fulfill this expectation. Mayo Clinic funds the presentation of the research. Additionally, fellows are required to prepare and present occasional didactic lectures.
You have the opportunity to teach Mayo radiology residents as well as visiting residents and students through daily clinical work.
To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member after completing each clinical rotation, and you then meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.