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Clinical Training

Our program is designed to provide you with exposure to a wide spectrum of procedures from resident level to advanced complex operations designed for advanced trainee competent in complicated HPB and upper GI surgery.

The program is, in large part is HBP in focus but also involves gastric and some esophageal surgery, major oncologic-type abdominal procedures, and some colon and rectal surgery. While this is not primarily a laparoscopic fellowship, there will be considerable laparoscopy involved in your clinical training. Fellows are fully responsible for patient management on clinical rotations. Mayo Clinic, Rochester complies with ACGME guidelines for duty hours.

Research Training

We recommend that you focus on one specific aspect of research during the fellowship, whether clinical or laboratory. You will be assigned with one of the consultants (staff surgeons) who is involved in your field of interest and this person will also serves as your primary mentor.  Research related courses given by the Mayo Graduate School are available to assist with development of clinical research skills.

Our goal is that you develop a special area of research emphasis during the fellowship.  Moreover, we also expect additional academic pursuits, such as writing book chapters, review articles, clinical papers, and a basic research paper. To date, commitments to clinical and laboratory research have been nearly equal since 1994.

Didactic Training

From an educational standpoint, you will participate in limited, but not heavily oriented educational opportunities. There are several laboratory-based seminars throughout the year, such as a basic stapling seminar, basic laparoscopy seminar, advanced stapling seminar, and an advanced laparoscopy seminar, and you will participate as one of the faculty in these courses. We recommend that you give one educational seminar throughout the year based on your research interests.

Administrative Activities

We recommend that you participate in some of the administrative duties of an academic surgeon, such as being on an education committee with participation in selection of incoming residents.

The Education Committee meets on a monthly basis to evaluate performance of residents. You also will participate as an active member of the Surgical Research Committee involved in some of the problems and duties of a department in running its research opportunities.


To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation; and then meet accordingly with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

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