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Application Process

Abdominal transplant surgery fellows and faculty in a meeting room


Each year, one position is available on a competitive basis in the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. A second position is available on a competitive basis in the new Abdominal Transplant and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Fellowship each year. An additional research position is also available on a competitive basis. For specific questions about this unique three-year track, please email


Qualified applicants for the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship should have completed training in surgery from an accredited U.S. residency (or foreign equivalent) program.

The objective of the fellowship is to develop proficiency in the surgical and medical management of patients with end-stage organ diseases amenable to transplantation.

Also see Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education general admissions requirements.

How to apply

You must apply through SF Match, a third-party application service.

Applications for each academic year, which begins at the end of July, should be completed by Feb. 7. Application registration begins Jan. 10. However, we will entertain additional applications as interview spots allow.

  1. To apply to the program, visit the SF Match website. In addition to the three letters of recommendation required as part of the standard application materials, you are encouraged to submit one or more additional letters of recommendation from previous residency or fellowship program directors.

  2. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are typically conducted in March, April, and May each year.

Note: You may apply to only one categorical residency or fellowship program. However, you may apply to the same categorical residency or fellowship program at more than one Mayo Clinic campus. For example, you may apply to the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and to the same fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Also see general application process details for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs.

General information for interested applicants

The Mayo Clinic Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship seeks applicants with these qualities and interests:

  • Enjoyment of clinical practice and patient care. Fellows work hard and learn through patient-centered care.
  • Ability to flourish in a large group.
  • An educational self-starter. Fellows take an assertive role in their education. The curriculum is expansive. Many topics are covered in didactics, but personal learning time is imperative. Our curriculum encourages critical thinking and self-directed learning.
  • Desire to be involved in academic research or scholarly activities. Mayo Clinic offers tremendous resources for scholarly pursuit. We encourage all our fellows to maximize these opportunities during their training.
  • A commitment to working as part of the bigger Mayo Clinic family. Fellows interact closely with one another and collaborate with staff, fellows, and residents across many disciplines. Applicants with excellent teamwork skills are a good match for the Mayo Clinic environment.