Mayo Radiology

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  1. 90oPulse

    90oPulse Junior Member
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    Does anyone have any inside information on the Mayo radiology program?

    Taking a look at their site I found:

    "The Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester performed more than one million exams in 2004. This is the largest volume of any single academic radiology department in the country. The department has 21 MR scanners including two 3-Tesla magnets and one full time dedicated research magnet. Additionally, there are 18 CT scanners including one 64 detector scanner. Seven more 64 detector scanners will be added during 2005. The department's equipment also includes 43 ultrasound machines and seven interventional suites. The nuclear radiology practice includes 23 nuclear medicine cameras, two PET CT and one PET scanner. The department employees more than 1,100 individuals including 130 staff radiologists. The staff to resident ratio is 2.4:1."

    This is pretty amazing! When we talk about which programs are traditionally considered the best, we always say MGH, MIR, Penn, UCSF, and Hopkins. With stats like these I'm surprised Mayo isn't ever mentioned. What is the reason for that? Is the program focused too much on clinical experience and too little on research? Does the location knock it down a few marks?
     
  2. Docxter

    Docxter Senior Member
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    No one doubts the volume at Mayo. It's a big medical center and it's radiology department is proportionally big. It is a great program. But it is a private practice and run as such. The other programs have a more "educational" academic balance with more focus on resident teaching and of course more of a research focus.
     
  3. trouta

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    Yes Mayo is a private hospital but it tries to run more like an academic institution in terms of education. Residents typically work one on one with faculty members and get a lot of education in that setting. Like any other academic institution there are noon conferences and interdepartmental conferences.

    As far as research, there is quite a bit going on at Mayo but it is probably more slanted toward clinical projects rather than basic science research, but they are in the process of putting in a new imaging sciences building.

    As far as why it isnt recognized, lack of an association with a university and LOCATION probably have a lot to do with that (its really cold in Rochester and there is no beach which turns some people off).
     

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