The full two-year fellowship is divided between the junior (12 months) and senior training (12 months). During the first year of training (junior), you are integrated into the multidisciplinary approach of patient care of cerebrovascular disorders and their complex needs. Basic angiography skills and the basics of neurointervention are the focus of this year. If your background is neurosurgery, you are also expected to complete a one-week microvascular training course during the year. A radiation safety course is also required during this year.
For the second year of training (senior), you focus in the acquisition of advanced microsurgicals (if applicable) and neurointervention skills. You are also be co-responsible for supervision of the first-year fellow and in charge of fellowship program conferences.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Mayo educational experience.
There are various conferences each week you are required to attend when on clinical services. These may include the following:
- Preoperative conferences
- Oral case presentation and discussion
- Peer-group discussion
- Journal club
- Teaching rounds
- M&M conferences
There are multiple departmental and/or subspecialty conferences held daily throughout the Mayo Clinic, which are open to all residents and fellows.
You will have opportunities to pursue clinical or basic science research projects with one or more mentors. This group includes staff neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiologists and basic scientists.
It is required that all fellows submit or publish one manuscript per year. When these are accepted for presentation, there is a policy which allows fellows to present their work at national meetings.
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 with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.