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Curriculum

The Neuroradiology Fellowship provides an opportunity for radiology clinical and research training at the fellowship level. The clinical rotations are high in volume and include purely procedural, purely diagnostic, and mixed procedural and diagnostic rotations.

Rotation schedule

Approximate clinical rotation lengths are:

Rotation Length
MRI, including brain, head and neck, and spine 18 weeks
CT and radiography, including brain, head and neck, and spine 9 weeks
Spine intervention, including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures 4 weeks
Myelography 4 weeks
Cerebral angiography, including diagnostic and interventional procedures 10 weeks
Nuclear radiology and PET 2 weeks
Elective 5 weeks

Didactic training

A strength of the Neuroradiology Fellowship is the reading room one-on-one learning, with case-by-case real-time feedback from supervising staff neuroradiologists. In addition, you receive education in other venues, including a dedicated neuroradiology fellow lecture series, residency lecture series, multidisciplinary clinical conferences, visiting professorships, journal clubs and research seminars.

You are able to learn by educating radiology residents and medical students, both at the workstation and formal teaching 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.

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.

Extensive research opportunities and facilities are available through Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology. You are assigned an adviser from the department 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 the primary research project yields results that are suitable for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed literature.

Call frequency

Your call schedule varies by individual rotation. Typical frequency in recent years has been one in five weeks. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach radiology 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 Neuroradiology Fellowship, 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 is monitored carefully during the course of the Neuroradiology 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.

  • July 17, 2015
  • ART755442