The one-year fellowship is divided between the core training (6 months) and elective (6 months).
During the clinical portion of your training, you will participate in two rotations, one in which you will serve as the second on service with the neurosurgery resident. In the second rotation, you will be the first on service without a Mayo neurosurgery resident. During this time you will be intergrated into the multidisciplinary approach to patient care of peripheral nerve disorders and their complex reconstructive needs.
For the elective portion of the training, you can do on two additional 3-month rotations, additional rotations with the program director, rotations with other neurosurgery staff or orthopedics services or in a peripheral nerve basic laboratory.
You will also be expected to complete a one-week microvascular training course during the year.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the Mayo neurosurgery resident educational experience.
There are five one-hour conferences each week at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. You are required to attend when on clinical services. These include:
- Core curriculum and didactic lectures
- Preoperative conferences
- Anatomy lab dissection
- EMG lab
- Interactive discussion
- Role modeling by faculty
- Self-directed inquiry learning
- Oral case presentation and discussion
- Peer-group discussion
- Journal club
- Teaching rounds
- M&M conferences
There are multiple depasrtmental and/or subspecialty conferences held daily throughout the Mayo Clinic which are open to neurosurgical residents.
You will have opportunities to pursue clinical or basic science research projects with one or more mentors. This group includes staff neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, neurologists, radiologists and basic scientists.
It is required that all fellows submit or publish one manuscript per year. When these are accepted for presentation, there is a policy which allows fellows to present their work at national meetings.
Neurosurgery Regenerative Laboratory
This group engages in advanced research in regenerative neuroscience from the molecular to cell biological and integrative levels. Specific topics under investigation include: molecular analysis of receptors and signal transduction mechanisms; axon guidance, target recognition and regeneration; formation and plasticity of synapses; control of neural cell fate; development of neural networks; and mechanisms controlling vascular development and regeneration. The lab offers an integrated approach to training in modern neurobiology, utilizing molecular, biochemical and cell biological techniques as well as advanced optical imaging. Members of the lab have the opportunity to work closely with the Spinal Cord Injury Research team at Mayo.
Multidisciplinary Neural Regeneration Laboratory
This laboratory effort focuses on developing synthetic polymeric scaffolds and controlled delivery of bioactive molecules for peripheral nerve and spinal cord repair and regeneration. This NIH funded research endeavor combines strong collaborative efforts of neurosurgeons, neuroscientists, orthopedists, tissue engineers and cellular neurobiologists, and polymer chemists. The goal of this project is to introduce and commercialize biodegradable conduits for clinical use.