Clinical training

The clinical portion of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides you with extensive surgical and diagnostic training. You will gain hands-on experience diagnosing and managing patients who have a variety of benign and malignant gynecologic diseases.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Research

At Mayo Clinic, surgical pathologists and operating teams work closely together, facilitated by the proximity of the pathology laboratory and the operating suites. Many specimens are promptly evaluated via frozen section techniques. You can review the gross and microscopic pathology of a surgical case while the patient is in the operating room.

The faculty members have excellent relationships with other departments, including general surgery, colorectal surgery, neurology, gastroenterology and urology. This enhances the clinical care of gynecological patients and broadens your medical and surgical exposure.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship. You will attend these didactic sessions:

  • Advanced Gynecological Surgery Fellowship Conference. This conference provides didactic training in gynecological operative procedures and medical gynecology.
  • Research conferences. These conferences bring together clinicians and basic scientists to foster pelvic floor research.

Classes in research design, statistics, pelvic anatomy, urodynamics and computer use are offered during the fellowship.

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. The hands-on clinical experiences in this fellowship, combined with our highly trained laboratory and statistical support teams, create an environment that is well-suited to scientific investigation.

You will conduct clinical research projects during the fellowship with assistance and support from the faculty. This research is expected to result in manuscripts suitable for presentation and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

As part of your research experience, you may also have the opportunity to participate in laboratory-based research and collaborate with academicians at other institutions.

Call frequency

Your call schedule will vary by individual rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and complies with ACGME's duty hour requirements.

Off-site rotations

During the fellowship, you may have the opportunity to rotate to other Mayo Clinic sites to enhance your training. Mayo Clinic funds the authorized additional costs of your travel, housing, auto rental and licensure fees.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of the fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty and your educational program to ensure that the program is meeting your needs.

Career development

Fellows meet periodically with faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss career goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. Thus, when you successfully complete the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

Case studies

During the fellowship, you prepare several case study presentations. You present the pertinent information of an interesting case, conduct an in-depth discussion of that case and create a current bibliography.

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach residents, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students and visiting students from other medical schools at the patient's bedside and through formal didactic lectures.

Cardiac life support certification

Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for all Mayo Clinic residents and fellows. ACLS courses are held during the last week of June, just before the academic year begins. The ACLS course also is offered evenings every three months during the year to facilitate recertification.

April 19, 2013