Senior medical students interested in a neurosurgical residency at Mayo Clinic are encouraged to apply for an externship rotation, usually one-month long, through Mayo Medical School. The externship gives one an opportunity to become familiar with neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic and allows the neurosurgery faculty the opportunity to get to know you.
Progressive resident responsibility in all subspecialty areas is the major educational priority of the Department of Neurosurgery. So as to not compromise the resident experience, especially at the senior and chief resident levels, no subspecialty fellowships are offered at Mayo Clinic. Accordingly, there is no dilution of surgical cases - all are available to the neurosurgical residents.