Clinical rotations during the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship are spent with members of Mayo Clinic's adult lower extremity reconstruction faculty. Fellows work one-on-one with faculty members to deliver patient care. Individualized instruction, patterned to each fellow's interests and needs, develops as a natural extension of this daily interaction. The rotations result in a rapid progression of responsibilities.
Educational activities, conferences and clinical research projects derive from these day-to-day interactions with patients and faculty members. Fellows develop skills based on the challenges posed by busy, complex and diverse individual clinical practices.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. You are encouraged to take full advantage of the following opportunities:
- Tuesday morning adult reconstructive case conference (fellow is responsible for organizing and presenting cases)
- Tuesday night lecture series
- Monday morning Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. During your fellowship, you are encouraged to complete at least one patient-related research project.
Fellows have the opportunity to pursue clinical research projects during time blocks when they are free of any clinical assignments. This typically happens during the second or third academic quarter for those interested in maximizing the extensive clinical research opportunities available within the department.
There is no call during the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.
Teaching opportunities may be available when a medical student or junior resident is assigned to certain orthopedic services.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. Each quarter, the consultants choose two core competency forms to complete for you, along with an evaluation form. These are shared with you at the end of the quarter and then filed away permanently.
The program director also meets with each fellow semiannually to discuss progress during the year and address any concerns that may arise.