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During the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, you will have the following responsibilities:

Spine Trauma

Spine trauma call is shared with the Department of Neurosurgery with each department responsible for call on alternating weeks. During the weeks assigned to orthopedics, you will alternate pager call from home on week days and weekends. You will be responsible for the evaluation of emergency patients who require a spine surgery consultation. You will also work to coordinate staff coverage and formulate overall care plans.

  • Pager call from home averaging every third or fourth night on call
  • Evaluation of emergency patients to be admitted, after initial assessment by orthopedic and neurosurgery senior residents
  • Coordination of overall plan of care and participates in surgery on trauma patients.

Spine Conferences

During the Spine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, you will coordinate the weekly spine conference, and attend spine conferences in each department. Your duties will also include the coordination of the monthly Spine Journal Club and maintain our digital teaching files.

Clinical Responsibilities

Your rotations may vary somewhat depending upon your background and educational needs. Typically each rotation is three months long, and fellows usually rotate with four orthopedic surgeons during the one year time period. Case distribution is determined by staff, and you will not have to take regular orthopedic trauma call.


You will be responsible for at least one clinical research project that is to be completed before the fellowship ends. Additional clinical or basic science research opportunities are readily available. You may apply to continue training for an additional year to complete projects and acquire additional research skills. During the fellowship, you will have one day every other week to devote to research.

Inpatient Spine Consultation

You will evaluate all consultation requests when you are on spine call and coordinate further consultation with staff members.

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