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Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship (Florida)

Program description

This premier, one-year spine surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of only a few of its kind in the country. The Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship offers trainees the rare opportunity to specialize in a growing area of neurosurgery. Mayo Clinic has established a large national and international referral base for complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Program goals

  • Develop clinical competence in the evaluation, diagnostic work-up and therapy of diseases of the spine
  • Learn about nonoperative rehabilitation and psychosocial management of patients with spine disorders
  • Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
  • Develop a program of regularly reading the neurosurgical medical literature in general and spine surgery literature in particular

Fellows are in charge of daily hospital rounds, as well as managing outpatient and surgical care. In this program, fellows learn the surgical techniques used to treat various spinal conditions, including:

  • Minimally invasive discectomy
  • Minimally invasive cervical foraminotomy
  • Minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Complex surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity
  • Open cervical, thoracic and lumbar fusion and non-fusion procedures
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar deformity correction
  • Occipitocervical and C1-2 fusion techniques
  • Application of navigated image guidance to spinal cases

As part of a systems-based practice, training in the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship provides opportunities to:

  • Become knowledgeable about the systems, organizations and practices involved with patient care
  • Learn how to best access resources and use diverse systems and practices as part of a team approach to the comprehensive care and evaluation of patients
  • Understand the appropriate reasons for obtaining a study
  • Learn about the resources and the costs of spinal surgery procedures
  • Become knowledgeable about practice guidelines and practice parameters
  • Learn billing, coding and documentation procedures

During this training program, you have access to all aspects of spinal treatment in addition to occasional cranial surgical procedures.

Program history

The Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship accepted its first fellow in July 2013 and will accept one fellow a year going forward.

  • Sep 9, 2013
  • ART731066