Program description

Neurological intensive care is one of the newest and fastest-growing specialties in medicine. Critical care neurology brings together specially trained physicians and nurses and advanced technology equipment, with a focus on monitoring and treating life-threatening neurological diseases to improve patient outcomes.

Mayo Clinic's accredited two-year Neurocritical Care Fellowship has many distinctive features:

  • The management of patients with acute neurological disorders in the dedicated Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Recognition and management of clinical neurological signs of secondary deterioration in acute neurological illness
  • The management of the first (golden) hour of catastrophic neurological illnesses in the Emergency Department
  • The management of acute hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
  • Comprehensive consultative practice in the trauma ICU, medical ICU, cardiovascular ICU and several transplant units
  • Clinical research related to critical care neurology
  • Teaching in end-of-life care and family communication
  • Comprehensive teaching in neuroimaging of critical neurological illness


The Neurocritical Care Fellowship is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS).


When you complete the fellowship, you will be eligible to sit for the UCNS neurocritical care subspecialty certification examination.

Program history

The Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, was established in 2000. Several fellows have completed training in this program. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete this program annually.

July 24, 2015