The clinical portion of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona provides you with extensive surgical and diagnostic training. You gain hands-on experience diagnosing and managing patients who have a variety of benign and malignant gynecologic diseases.
Additional opportunities include:
At Mayo Clinic, surgical pathologists and operating teams work closely together, facilitated by the proximity of the pathology laboratory and the operating suites. Many specimens are promptly evaluated via frozen section techniques. You can review the gross and microscopic pathology of a surgical case while the patient is in the operating room.
The faculty members have excellent relationships with other departments, including general surgery, colorectal surgery, neurology, gastroenterology and urology. This enhances the clinical care of gynecological patients and broadens your medical and surgical exposure.
Your call schedule is different for each rotation, but will be no more than every fourth night and fourth weekend.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship. You attend these didactic sessions:
- Advanced Gynecological Surgery Fellowship Conference. This conference provides didactic training in gynecological operative procedures and medical gynecology.
- Research conferences. These conferences focus on current, ongoing research projects, along with brainstorming research topics.
- Tumor Board. This multidisciplinary conference discusses patients with gynecologic malignancy to optimize their perioperative management.
- Cadaver Lab. This annual conference gives you an opportunity to perform laparoscopic pelvic and abdominal anatomy dissection.
Additionally, classes in research design, statistics, and pelvic anatomy, are offered during the fellowship.
During the fellowship, you prepare several case study presentations. You present the pertinent information of an interesting case, conduct an in-depth discussion of your case and create a current bibliography.
Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. The hands-on clinical experiences in this fellowship, combined with our highly trained laboratory and statistical support teams, create an environment that is well-suited to scientific investigation.
You will conduct clinical research projects during the fellowship with assistance and support from the faculty. This research is expected to result in presentation at national meetings along with submission to peer-reviewed journals. As part of your research experience, you may also have the opportunity to participate in laboratory-based research and collaborate with academicians at Arizona State University.
You have the opportunity to teach residents, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students and visiting students from other medical schools at the patient's bedside and through formal didactic lectures.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.