The focus of the fellowship is to develop clinical expertise in regional anesthesia and acute pain management. Fellows will perform a wide variety of both upper and lower extremity peripheral nerve blocks using single injection and continuous catheter techniques. The fellowship focuses on both conventional, landmark-based approaches and ultrasound guided techniques. You also will have the opportunity to perform paravertebral blocks, as well as thoracic and lumbar epidural catheters.
In addition to the technical aspects learned from performing regional blocks, you will become proficient in the perioperative management of patients undergoing regional anesthesia including preoperative evaluation, procedure-related sedation, intraoperative management, and postoperative care. Fellows will also learn to identify and manage inadequate or failed blocks using multiple analgesic and anesthetic modalities.
In addition to the education gained during clinical and research activities, you will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of the biological and clinical science of regional anesthesia through a variety of educational endeavors.
- Cadaveric dissection
- Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
- Ultrasound skills training
- Neurophysiology Lecture Series
- Weekly didactics
- Resident education sessions
- National meetings
Optional Resident Didactic Education
Didactic training is an integral part of Mayo Clinic's Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Program. You will participate in:
- Clinical Case Conferences
- Core Curriculum Lectures
- Introductory Lecture Series
- Journal Clubs
- Key Word Phrase Mini-lectures
- Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
- Oral Board Reviews
- Formal practice oral examinations
- Subspecialty Mini-lectures
- Written Board Reviews
You will be asked to participate in research activities during your fellowship training. They are encouraged to publish a manuscript related to work completed during their fellowship. Scholarly activity is encouraged, including journal club presentations and presentation of research at National meetings. The Department of Anesthesiology is staffed with many experienced investigators who are willing to serve as mentors from project development through manuscript submission.
To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation; and then meet accordingly with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.