Renal Pathology Fellowship (Minnesota)
Mayo Clinic offers a one-year Renal Pathology Fellowship that provides outstanding nephropathology training in all aspects of clinical practice, research and education. In this program, fellows have exposure to a broad spectrum of native and transplant kidney biopsy material. Mayo Clinic has a large renal biopsy service, with a yearly volume of approximately 6,000 kidney biopsies, 1,400 of which are transplant biopsies. The renal biopsy service includes patient biopsies from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as well as tissue sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories and processed in the Renal Biopsy Laboratory.
This fellowship combines diagnostic training with opportunities for basic science and clinicopathologic research projects. There are extensive opportunities for interactions with clinical colleagues, including:
- Working conferences where material from patients are reviewed and discussed
- Teaching conferences in which pathology is explained to clinicians and clinical trainees
- Research meetings
- Clinical conferences
Renal pathology fellows also have exposure to clinical and laboratory areas related to renal pathology, with rotations in the clinical immunology and tissue typing laboratories, as well as attendance at teaching lectures and journal clubs in conjunction with the Nephrology Fellowship. There are options for elective rotations in other areas within the Division of Anatomic Pathology, including urologic pathology and transplant pathology.
Mayo Clinic's renal biopsy practice is supported by a specialty laboratory that deals only with renal biopsy specimens, encompassing the processing and staining of the specimens for light microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy. Fellows also gain technical experience in Mayo Clinic's electron microscopy core facility.
This fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The Renal Pathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., will commence July of 2013, with its first fellow. Going forward, it is anticipated that one fellow will complete this program annually.