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impressions of the PD, APDs, other faculty/attendings
impressions of the residents
culture of the program, pressure on residents to read quickly
exposure to procedures, how do readouts work, moonlighting available etc.
hospital characteristics: size, trauma, pediatric exposure, community/academic/mixed etc.
types/number of spots available, ESIR available
Minnesota - Rochester
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) Program
Diagnostic Radiology NIH funding FY 2018: $14 million (#12 rank)
Aunt Minnie Best Radiologist Training Program 2019 semifinalist
Hospital: U.S. News 2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor Roll
I'm a current resident at Mayo. I'll just start off by saying that this is a phenomenal program. If you can tolerate the snow you'll get rewarded by an outstanding education with basically unlimited resources. All of our residents passed the core exam this year (which had a 16% national fail rate). The majority of the faculty I've worked with have been awesome and love to teach. The program is not "resident driven" as there are now over 200 radiologists working for Mayo. However, when you're going through rotations you can pretty much go through cases as slow or as fast as you want as there is no lack of volume. There are only 2-3 fellows per specialty so you are not really competing with fellows for cases. If a super complicated case pops up, which there are tons of at Mayo, you're encouraged to take the case instead of having to let a fellow or a more senior resident swoop it from under you. Mayo is a major referral center for the midwest, but there are also tons of patients from other states and even continents. You'll get to see see crazy stuff on a daily basis that you'd probably only see a couple times per year, or never see, at most other programs.
There are over 30 MRI scanners, and each scanner has a specific use so there is tons of volume. For example, there are dedicated MSK MRI scanners that are only used for MSK. I can't really think of many other places where you would get a significant amount of exposure to MRI during residency, but who knows I may be wrong.
I know you're all wondering...yes we wear suits. HOWEVER, when I got here I was surprised to learn that you end up wearing scrubs about 50-60% of the time so it's actually not too bad. lolz, since when is wearing a suit 40-50% of the time not that bad?
Two ESIR spots per year.
As far as call, you start about once every two weeks starting first year. 1st year is contrast coverage and these scans are read by staff until 10pm....the staff will encourage you to try and read out these scans first, and then will go through them with you in real time. After 1st year, all call is independent with no staff overnight (a huge plus). 2nd year call is plain films and ultrasound, and then it escalates further in 3rd and 4th year. Staff will read out the cases in the morning when they get there, but whatever you say overnight GOES. We also have 10 dedicated locums shifts per year in 3rd/4th year where we can go and work for different private practices (yes, we get paid).
10 days per year for conferences. The program will cover all of the costs associated with the conference, including food and travel.
daily noon didactics, as well as resident directed case conferences twice per week in the afternoon.
Overall, the program provides very rich learning environment with friendly people, tons of research opportunities at your disposal, and arguably the most complex cases in the country. Rochester is small, but I've learned to like it, and the twin cities are only ~1 hr away if you want to have access to the mall of america, all major sports, arenas, etc. I'd say the biggest con so far has been the lack of restaurants in town. If you don't mind going to the twin cities every once in a while for dinner, it's not a huge deal. Rochester may also be a bit small if you're from a major city, but it's also a good thing because everything is close and the hospital is pretty much in the center of the town.
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