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Physician Assistant Fellowship, Neurosurgery (Arizona)


Neurosurgery Physician Assistant Fellowship director, Orland K. Boucher, P.A.-C., reviewing with students a newly fabricated 3D model of the circle of Willis in the Precision Neurotherapeutics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

The Neurosurgery Physician Assistant Fellowship includes a competency-based curriculum with didactic and practical modules based on the medical model.

During the program, learning experiences allow you to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of neuroanatomy and physiology
  • Become proficient in taking a detailed history and performing a neurological exam
  • Develop and implement treatment plans
  • Manage critical care patients
  • Master first-assist techniques
  • Perform procedures under supervision
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Counsel on preventive health care

Neurosurgical clinical topics

Your fellowship training gives you exposure to these areas:

  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Neurosurgical oncology
  • Neurosurgical critical care
  • Pain management
  • Surgery of the peripheral nervous system
  • Spinal surgery
  • Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are routinely assessed and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.