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Physician Assistant Fellowship, Neurosurgery (Arizona)


Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon in operating room

Program description

Mayo Clinic's Neurosurgery Physician Assistant Fellowship in Arizona is an intensive and comprehensive 12-month didactic and clinical program in neurological surgery for the physician assistant (PA) that provides you with the knowledge and skill set necessary to care for the neurosurgical patient. The program is similar to a neurosurgery residency, but is more limited both in training time and depth of content.

The direction of the training parallels the responsibilities placed on the majority of physician extenders presently working in neurosurgery. Your training takes place under the direct supervision of neurosurgical physician assistants and neurosurgeons who are program faculty.

Program goals

As a neurosurgery physician assistant fellow, program goals are for you to:

  • Broaden your knowledge of the neurosurgical specialties and subspecialties with exposure to cerebrovascular, spine, pain, interventional neuroradiology, neuro-oncology, and functional, stereotactic, pediatric and skull base neurosurgery
  • Acquire excellent clinical judgment
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine practices to develop differential diagnosis and treatment plans
  • Develop clinical skills centering on the evaluation, treatment and management of patients with neurosurgical complaints
  • Become proficient in examination techniques and in identifying neurosurgical emergencies
  • Obtain an understanding of the techniques and interpretation of the ancillary aids to the diagnosis of neurological diseases
  • Become proficient in both verbal and written communication skills
  • Reinforce modalities regarding the neurosurgical disease process in your practice
  • Perfect your surgical skills that encompass, but are not limited to, sterile prep, suturing and surgical first assisting under the supervision of highly trained staff
  • Appreciate the humanistic side of the practice of medicine and the commitment to work with the patient and family in a compassionate and humane manner
  • Experience training that produces a highly motivated well-rounded practitioner who will contribute to the field of neurosurgery and to society as a whole
  • Develop an attitude of team effort, where each member of the team is equally important in attaining satisfactory patient outcomes
  • Improve your skills in the areas of stress management, time management, and interpersonal relationships with staff, colleagues and patients
  • Recognize that being a good communicator is a core clinical skill and that effective provider-patient communication can foster both patient and provider satisfaction, and improved clinical outcomes


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this fellowship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes 10-hour days, five days a week. You take shared neurosurgery call eight times a month on average, including overnight call and at least one weekend each month.

The fellowship also includes four weeks of research.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one student to the Neurosurgery Physician Assistant Fellowship. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.