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Curriculum

The Ultrasound and Image-Guided Procedures Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Arizona maximizes your radiology learning experience by giving you ample opportunities for elective experiences in many areas, while maintaining emphasis on all aspects of ultrasound imaging and image-guided intervention. The radiologist who has expertise in ultrasound and image-guided procedures is invaluable for many private and academic practices, and these skills give the individual a competitive advantage in securing the most highly-sought practice opportunities.

Clinical Training
You will gain supervised experience in the application, performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound for a variety of diseases, as well as hands-on training in using ultrasound and CT for guided biopsies and interventions. These procedures include liver and renal parenchymal and targeted biopsies and ablations, thyroid and lymph node biopsies and ablations, drainage procedures, lung/pancreas/retroperitoneal CT-guided biopsies, chest-tube insertion, intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasound, vertebroplasty, varicose-vein laser ablation, and bone and soft-tissue mass biopsy. It should be noted that this fellowship does not lead to eligibility for CAQ in Interventional Radiology given its focus on primarily non-vascular interventions.

Possible Elective Rotations
You will have the ability to tailor your fellowship and spend up to 50% of your clinical time in elective areas, should you desire. These elective areas include Vascular Intervention, Body MRI, Cardiothoracic Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, PET/CT, Neuroradiology and Breast Imaging.

Didactic Training
Clinical conferences, seminars and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship.
You will participate in weekly radiology case conferences and formal lecture presentations. In addition, you will present at these conferences on a rotating basis with the consultant staff.

Complete audiovisual facilities, including computerized slide capabilities, are available to help you prepare your educational presentations.

The department will fund registration and travel expenses for attendance at one domestic radiology meeting of your choosing, with approval from the program director.

Research Training
Your research opportunities at Mayo are outstanding. You will be given approximately 20% academic time to facilitate your research efforts. You are encouraged to participate in research projects with the consulting staff. These research projects are primarily clinical-based projects. During the fellowship, you will be encouraged to participate in the development of a manuscript suitable for presentation. Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals is also encouraged.

Case Studies
During your training you will be encouraged to prepare case study presentations as part of the weekly faculty conference. In those case studies, you will present the pertinent information of an interesting case and conduct an in-depth discussion.

Teaching Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to teach other radiology trainees and staff, as well as residents and staff from other departments who rotate through and interact with the Radiology Department.

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
You will be responsible for a total of five weeks of call during the fellowship. Call is well-supervised and all previous fellows have commented that the call experience proved to be one of the best aspects of the fellowship, since it provides a supervised transition to independent practice. Mayo Clinic follows the related recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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