Mayo Clinic's neurological clinical material is rich and varied, offering you the opportunity to see both common and unusual neurological, and neurosurgical problems.
The clinical component of the fellowship involves evaluation and management of patients with all forms of cerebrovascular disorders, performing and interpreting non-invasive cerebrovascular studies and participating in clinical treatment trials.
Your clinical training would include rotations in the outpatient Cerebrovascular Clinic in the Department of Neurology, and on the inpatient Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease hospital service. The inpatient experience includes the opportunity to care for patients with cerebrovascular diseases in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit, including those with acute ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage.
Because Mayo is the primary cerebrovascular disease and stroke care provider for a large geographical area, the hospital practice includes local patients with common and uncommon cerebrovascular disorders. In addition, as a tertiary referral center, national and international patients are referred for all types of cerebrovascular disorders.
In the outpatient Cerebrovascular Clinic rotation, as a stroke fellow, you will have the opportunity to evaluate patients new to Mayo Clinic referred directly to Neurology, and also consultations referred from other Mayo health care providers. Patients seen in the Clinic present with a wide range of cerebrovascular disorders. Common diagnoses include asymptomatic carotid occlusive disease, transient ischemic attack, cerebral infarction of all types and mechanisms, intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations, vasculitis and a variety of other cerebrovascular disorders.
Your training will include cerebrovascular conferences and other clinical conferences in the Department of Neurology. These include:
- Weekly Neurology Department Grand Rounds
- Weekly hospital-based case conference
- Weekly rotating subspecialty conference
- Semi-weekly cerebrovascular therapeutics conference
The Cerebrovascular Division participates in each of these rotating conferences. The evidence based medicine program, case conferences, visiting faculty conferences, and all didactic courses are open to both residency program members and fellows in all subspecialties.
The research component of the fellowship includes the use of clinical epidemiological techniques and population databases to develop research protocols, the organization and completion of at least one clinical research project, and formal training in medical research methodologies. You will work with mentors among the vascular neurology faculty as you decide on your research project(s), develop data collection forms, collect data, analyze the data, and submit abstracts and manuscripts. Additional skills you will acquire include:
- Writing research grants
- Handling clinical research data in a computerized format
- Editing and validating data sets
- Analyzing and reporting results
There is a formal Clinical and Patient Oriented Research Training Program in the Mayo Graduate School . You may take courses of their choosing within this program to enhance their skills in all aspects of clinical research.
Dedicated research time will be available during your one- or two-year fellowship.