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Mayo Clinic's Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship provides an opportunity for clinical radiology and research training at the advanced fellowship level. You progress from participating in existing research programs within the department to formulating 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 musculoskeletal imaging in both outpatient and hospital radiology settings.

Rotation schedule
Rotation Length
Musculoskeletal radiographs (outpatient) 3 months
Musculoskeletal MRI 3 months
Musculoskeletal ultrasound 1 month
Musculoskeletal CT 2 months
Spine intervention 1 month
Musculoskeletal elective 2 months

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the Musculoskeletal 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, which 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 a research 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 the adviser, but not always. 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 publication in peer-reviewed literature. Research projects with the goal of submission for publication and presentation at the end of the fellowship are required.

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.

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 the Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.


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

  • June 17, 2015
  • ART173669