Program Description

The one-year Orthopedic Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic provides a unique opportunity to train physicians in an increasing area of need: The treatment of orthopedic infections. Graduates of this program will be proficient in the diagnosis, management and prevention of all types of musculoskeletal infections.

There are very few centers in the U.S. or internationally that have such accumulated expertise in orthopedic infections as Mayo Clinic. This clinical practice is under the guidance of experienced faculty that are focused on orthopedic infectious diseases.

Orthopedic infections are a growing problem because of an expanding aging population, with increasing number of prosthetic joints being placed. By 2030, it's estimated that the number of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) implantations done in the U.S. each year will increase from approximately 600,000 to 4,000,000. Assuming a risk of infections of 1 to 5% in all prosthetic joints, we expect to see the number of THA and TKA infections increase proportionately.

At Mayo Clinic, you will learn to understand and effectively treat musculoskeletal infections. Improved knowledge of diagnosis, manangement and prevention of orthopedic implant infections, osteomyelitis, and diabetic foot infections will potentially translate to increased use of this new information in pateints and better outcomes.

Data from Mayo Clinic's Infectious Diseases team shows that in the last decade there have been increasing numbers of patients that have orthopedic-related infections and there is an increasing demand for this specialty.

Program History

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship began in 1961, and since that time, more than 80 physicians have completed this training. Since its inception, the program has evolved to include several specialty rotations — including transplant medicine, intensive care, orthopedics, and travel and tropical medicine — and a robust research component.

In 2008, Infectious Diseases added a new fellowship program – Orthopedic Infectious Diseases – to address a growing demand from patients for this specialty care.

It is anticipated that one fellow will complete training in this program annually. Read more about Mayo's history and the progression of our transplantation program.

Transplant Medicine

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