Clinical training

The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship trains physicians in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery, including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, conventional laparoscopy, and robotically assisted laparoscopic procedures for benign and malignant conditions as well as pelvic reconstruction.

Traditional "open" surgery and vaginal surgery are also important components of the fellowship training. The curriculum includes training in endoscopic urology and general surgery as it relates to gynecology.

Training includes:

  • Use of the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
  • Use of robotic technology
  • Research
  • Conferences and collaborative efforts with all Mayo Clinic campuses

Rotation schedule

This is a sample rotation schedule. Clinical rotations are in the outpatient and inpatient settings, including operating room time. Colorectal surgery and radiology rotations are two weeks each.

Year 1
Month Rotation
July Clinical
August Clinical
September Clinical
October Clinical
November Clinical
December Clinical
January Research
February Research
March Clinical
April Gynecology and colorectal surgery
May Clinical
June Clinical
Year 2
Month Rotation
July Clinical
August Research
September Research
October Clinical
November Clinical
December Clinical
January Clinical
February Clinical
March Clinical
April Gynecology and colorectal surgery
May Gynecology and radiology
June Clinical

Currently, each fellow's research time is divided into two half days a week. A fellow may opt to have continuous protected time for research spanning the last two months of year one and the first two months of year two, totaling four consecutive months for research. Another two months may be added on a case-by-case basis.

Didactic training

Fellows participate in a variety of on-site and three-campus lectures and conferences, including a weekly general oncology tumor board and a biweekly gynecologic oncology tumor board.

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are abundant. As such, this fellowship is supplemented by two dedicated basic science research faculty members.

Fellows have weekly protected time for research. Depending on the level of interest, fellows can request up to a six-month block of dedicated research time. Research may be either laboratory-based or clinical. Publication of the work is recommended but not required. However, if the appropriate requirements are met, Mayo Clinic will reimburse travel expenses for fellows to present at national conferences.

In addition to the research component, it is required that fellows complete a formal graduate level course in statistics unless previously completed in another graduate educational setting. The fellow is expected to be facile in the use of medical literature databases, including Medline and the Cochrane Library.

Call frequency

Fellows take an average of one call day each week and one call weekend every month.

Teaching opportunities

Fellows have the opportunity to teach residents, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students and visiting students from other medical schools at patients' bedsides and through formal didactic lectures.

Fellows also present at continuity CME courses sponsored by Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center in Florida.


Fellows are required to present at the AAGL conference at least once during the fellowship. Attendance at the yearly AAGL conference is required and reimbursed. Additional presentation opportunities are encouraged and reimbursed if trip requirements are met.


To ensure you acquire adequate knowledge and develop technical skills, performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship. AAGL case logs are also monitored to ensure that requirements for AAGL certification are met.

Fellows are evaluated formally by the supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, fellows also evaluate the faculty and the educational program to ensure that their expectations and needs are being met.

May 26, 2016