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Mayo Clinic's Thoracic Imaging Fellowship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for radiology clinical and research training at the fellowship level. You will 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.

Rotation schedule

Rotation Length
Outpatient chest radiology 3 months
Thoracic computed tomography 3 months
Hospital/inpatient chest radiology 1 to 3 months
Research 3+ months
Electives 1 to 2 months
Pulmonary medicine hospital rounds 1 to 3 weeks
Thoracic surgery 1 week
Pathology 1 week

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Thoracic Imaging Fellowship Program.

For example, you will:

  • 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 will be assigned an advisor from the department, as determined by the fellowship committee. This assignment will be based on your research interest. 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 will 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.


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 call schedule will vary by individual rotation. 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.

  • Aug 28, 2012
  • ART019619