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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers the 54-week Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The fellowship is designed to significantly advance your preparation as a provider of patient and client care services in the clinical practice area of dysphagia.

The Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship includes activities that promote your continued integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry consistent with the fellowship's mission and philosophy. As a fellow, you must be a licensed occupational therapist. You will receive a stipend and benefit package including medical, vision and dental insurance, paid time off, and continuing education.

Fellowship components include:

  • Independent patient care
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • A research project
  • Teaching responsibilities
  • Planned didactic and laboratory coursework designed to provide a basis for advanced clinical practice

Program goals

  • Support the mission, vision, and values of Mayo Clinic to inspire hope and contribute to optimal patient health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research
  • Promote Mayo Clinic's reputation as an industry leader of excellence in clinical practice and become a nationally recognized provider for post-professional clinical training within the area of dysphagia occupational therapy
  • Prepare fellows to be highly skilled critical thinkers who embrace lifelong learning and are grounded in the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Develop skilled dysphagia occupational therapy practitioners who are able to provide an unparalleled patient experience at Mayo Clinic, the most trusted partner in health care
  • Provide an avenue for occupational therapists to achieve Specialty Certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing or Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation through the American Board of Occupational Therapy


The Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship in Rochester, Minnesota, is approved by the Fellowship Program Committee through the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc. until 2028.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

You will spend the majority of your time at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, as well as rotate through Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. You will be eligible to apply for the Specialty Certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing or work towards a Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation through the American Occupational Therapy Association.


You will work 44 to 50 hours a week. Schedules may vary from week to week and include:

  • Mentored clinical time
  • Didactics
  • Research
  • Learning and development opportunities such as teaching surgical observation and journal clubs

Independent learning and assignments may occur outside of this time frame.

Class size

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits two students each year to its Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.