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Curriculum

Clinical training

The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship is a program covering all aspects of endoscopy including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, conventional laparoscopy, and robotically assisted laparoscopic procedures for benign and malignant conditions. The curriculum will include training in endoscopic urology and general surgery as it relates to gynecology.

Training includes:

  • Use of the Simulation Center
  • Use of robotic technology
  • Research
  • Conferences and collaborative efforts with all three Mayo Clinic sites

Sample rotation schedule

Year One
Month Rotation
JUL CLIN
AUG CLIN
SEP CLIN
OCT CLIN
NOV CLIN
DEC CLIN
JAN RES
FEB RES
MAR CLIN
APR CLIN
MAY CLIN
JUN CLIN
Year Two
Month Rotation
JUL CLIN
AUG RES
SEP RES
OCT CLIN
NOV CLIN
DEC CLIN
JAN CLIN
FEB CLIN
MAR CLIN
APR CLIN
MAY CLIN
JUN CLIN

CLIN: Clinical rotation in the outpatient and inpatient setting to include OR time

RES: Research

Fellows may opt to combine the last two months of year one and the first two months of year two, totaling four consecutive months for research. Another two months may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Didactic training

Fellows participate in a variety of on-site and tri-site lectures and conferences including a weekly general oncology tumor board and a biweekly gynecologic oncology tumor board.

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are abundant. As such, this fellowship is supplemented by two dedicated research faculty members. Depending on the level of interest, research opportunities can be included as a rotation within the duration of the program. The research may be either laboratory-based or clinical. Publication of the work is recommended but not required. In addition to the research component, it is required fellows complete a formal course in statistics unless previously completed in another educational setting. It is also suggested that the fellow be exposed to training in the use of medical literature databases, including Medline and the Cochrane Library.

Call frequency

Fellows take an average of one week on call every five weeks.

Teaching opportunities

Fellows have the opportunity to teach residents, Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools at the patient's bedside and through formal didactic lectures.

Conferences

Fellows are expected to present at the AAGL conference at least once during the fellowship. Additional presentation opportunities are encouraged.

Evaluation

To ensure you acquire adequate knowledge and develop technical skills, performance is monitored carefully during the course of the fellowship. Fellows are evaluated formally by the supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, fellows also evaluate the faculty as well as the educational program to ensure that the fellowship is meeting expectations and needs.

  • Feb 5, 2013
  • ART404951