This one-year fellowship involves clinical training four days a week and research one day a week. The clinical portion of your training includes participating in operative cases, one day a week of clinic, weekly spine and neurosurgical conferences, and daily rounds on the neurosurgical wards.
You are integrated into the multidisciplinary approach to patient care of spinal disorders and their complex reconstructive needs.
For the elective portion of the training, one day a week is dedicated to research. Projects can involve clinical or basic science of your choosing, with faculty approval. You are expected to submit your research to a national spine or neurosurgical meeting or peer-reviewed publication. When the research is accepted for presentation, Mayo Clinic policy allows you to present your work at a national meeting.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship educational experience.
There are two one-hour neurosurgical conferences and two one-hour pain medicine conferences each week at Mayo Clinic in Florida. You are required to attend these conferences, as well as daily learning exercises that include:
- Preoperative conferences
- Interactive discussion
- Role modeling by faculty
- Self-directed inquiry learning
- Oral case presentation and discussion
- Peer-group discussion
- Journal club
- Teaching rounds
- Morbidity and mortality conferences
There are multiple departmental and subspecialty conferences held daily throughout Mayo Clinic that are open to neurosurgical fellows.
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 you then meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.