The Mayo School of Health Sciences' Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology Internship Program is designed to be completed in 6-8 months.
By program completion, you will have:
- Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities assisting physicians during multiple examinations of the circulatory, alimentary, and skeletal systems through angiographic/ radiographic evaluation in the following categories: neurologic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, peripheral, and thoracic.
- Operated angiographic equipment and instrumentation, as a radiologic technologist, to a level of competency in the following categories: digital imaging, data acquisition, post processing, digital subtraction techniques, image archiving, quality control, display setup, 3D reconstruction, automatic pressure injection, catheters, guide wires, needles, and implantable devices.
- Enhanced their patient care skills as a radiologic technologist relating to the interventional suite/ department in the following categories: patient education, informed consent, assessment and monitoring, lab values, contrast administration, medications, IV therapy, asepsis and sterile technique, emergency care, and cardiac life support.
- Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities in assisting physicians during interventional procedures of all of the aforementioned body systems to include stent placement, angioplasty, dilatations, drainage procedures, mechanical thrombectomy, thrombolysis, brachytherapy, sclerotherapy, ablation, embolization, biopsy, vertebro/kyphoplasty, central venous access, foreign body retrieval, and distal protection device placement.
- Studied anatomy & physiology, pathology, indications and contraindications for procedures, patient positioning, intra-vascular access methods, intra-procedural patient management, complications, and ultrasound guidance to the echelon of an entry level vascular-interventional technologist.
Upon completion, you will have obtained a comprehensive exposure, under direct program faculty supervision, in the management of various disease entities, including but not limited to:
- Acute ischemic stroke syndrome
- Acute brain hemorrhage (subarachnoid hemorrhage and intra-parenchymal hemorrhage)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Seizures and status epilepticus
- Vascular malformation
- Atheroslerotic disease
- Hepatic malignancies
- Abscess/ sinus formation
- Uterine fibroids
- Pulmonary embolus
- Subclavian steal syndrome
- Vascular spasm
Your didactic experiences will include:
- Fundamental Pharmacology. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture series provided by the program director to learn and discuss basic pharmacological patient provisions in the Interventional Radiology department. This series is a combined, short review of information conjoined with fundamental indications/contraindications. (8 hour max)
- Fundamental Indications/Contraindications. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture series provided by the program director to learn and discuss basic indications and contraindications for interventional procedures. This is a combined, short review of information conjoined with fundamental pharmacology (eight-hour max).
- Case Study. You are encouraged, but not expected, to review interventional radiology cases with the Medical Advisor and/or department attending in order to gain a more complete introduction to the science.
You also will attend a 16-hour radiography training course and gain experience with patients in clinical practice settings.
As a Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology intern, you will:
- Rotate on the hospital service under the guidance of program faculty, supervising technologists, physicians (attending), resident doctors, and radiology nurses.
- Receive orientation on the first day to review the structure of the services, daily workflow, and patient care.
- Be paired with a clinical instructor on the first day with which they will spend a minimum of 3 months time training under direct supervision.
- Have the opportunity to concentrate on procedures that are aligned with pending educational interests and/or necessities after successful completion of the beginning 12 weeks of the program.
- Scrub and circulate interventional cases, performing radiologic technologist responsibilities, practicing proper aseptic and sterile technique.
- Experience a more progressive and independent clinical education which will be managed accordingly by the program's faculty.
- Have continual access to the program's faculty for questions regarding procedural and patient care issues.
Clinical rotations are scheduled in several areas at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic hospital. No off-site rotations are required as part of the program curriculum.
Grading or Evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:
- Written examination
- Demonstration of skills
- Self-assessment exercises
- Faculty reviews
Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.
Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.