Fellowships

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Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, offers a range of fellowships in neurology and neurology-related areas. These are available to graduates of the Adult Neurology Residency as well as other qualified applicants.

Behavioral Neurology

Mayo Clinic offers a one-year Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, which can be extended for a second year. The fellowship allows you to observe patients with various kinds of dementia, memory disorders, aphasia, apraxia and neglect. These patients may have degenerative diseases, infarctions, demyelinating disorders and seizure disorders.

Fellows also receive instruction in interpretation of neuropsychological evaluations and may elect rotations in speech pathology, neuroimaging and psychiatry.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Mayo Clinic offers a two-year, full-time postdoctoral program for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. The Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship prepares doctoral-level neuropsychologists for board certification through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and for careers in multidisciplinary medical or academic settings.

The training model focuses on outpatient medical neuropsychology evaluations in adults of all ages. A broad range of training opportunities are available in neurodegenerative disease, cerebrovascular disease, motor neuron disease, autoimmune and rheumatologic syndromes, organ transplantation, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, and other subspecialties. Additional clinical training opportunities and nonpsychology electives are available.

Research and didactic experiences in clinical neuropsychology and neuroscience are fundamental components to the fellowship experience.

Clinical Neurophysiology, Electromyography

The one-year Clinical Neurophysiology, Electromyography Fellowship prepares you to establish and supervise an electromyography laboratory in an academic center or integrated group practice. Training emphasis is on EMG, including single-fiber EMG, nerve conduction techniques, evoked potentials, surgical monitoring and related clinical disorders.

Training in electroencephalography, evoked potential studies, autonomic studies, neurophysiological assessment of movement disorders and quantitative sensory testing is also available. The program is structured to allow close coordination of outpatient evaluation and management with the performance and interpretation of neurophysiological procedures.

Fellows who meet the requirements, including a broad experience in clinical neurophysiology, are eligible to take the subspecialty certification examination in clinical neurophysiology given by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Clinical Neurophysiology, Electroencephalography

The Clinical Neurophysiology, Electroencephalography Fellowship prepares fellows for both an academic career and clinical practice by providing experience in teaching, research and clinical studies.

After completing training, fellows have the knowledge and experience necessary to establish and supervise a clinical neurophysiology laboratory in a teaching institution or an integrated group practice.

The one-year Clinical Neurophysiology, Electroencephalography Fellowship is a dedicated program that encompasses the study of electroencephalography (EEG) and epilepsy. Fellows may elect to take an additional year of fellowship training in adult or pediatric epilepsy.

Neurocritical Care

Mayo Clinic has a two-year Neurocritical Care Fellowship with many distinctive features, including:

  • The management of patients with acute neurological disorders in Mayo Clinic's dedicated Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
  • Recognition and management of clinical neurological signs of secondary deterioration in acute neurological illness
  • Initial management of catastrophic neurological illnesses in the emergency department being admitted to the ICU
  • Management of acute hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
  • Comprehensive critical care exposure in different ICU environments, such as medical ICU, trauma, cardiovascular surgical ICU and transplant ICU
  • Clinical research related to neurocritical care
  • Teaching in end-of-life care and family communication
  • Comprehensive teaching in neuroimaging of critical neurological illness

There is some flexibility for electives and rotations within the two-year fellowship, so the program can be tailored to your clinical and research interests as well as your long-term career goals.

Vascular Neurology

The one-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, provides training in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of stroke and all types of cerebrovascular disorders. The fellowship is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in academic neurology or in a group or private practice.

Throughout the fellowship, trainees are exposed to patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic cerebrovascular diseases. Patients are referred directly to the Department of Neurology by Mayo Clinic physicians and the emergency medicine specialists of Mayo Clinic Hospital's acute stroke service, as well as physicians at other health care facilities.

Other fellowships available to neurology residents

Pain Medicine

Mayo Clinic's Pain Medicine Fellowship provides comprehensive training in acute, chronic and interventional pain management. Fellows acquire the medical knowledge and technical skills necessary to independently practice pain medicine in a safe and effective manner through a multidisciplinary education process.

As members of the Mayo Clinic Department of Pain Medicine, a multispecialty department, fellows work with physicians who are board certified in pain medicine and have expertise in anesthesia, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or neurology.

The fundamental educational experience involves outpatient assessment of chronic pain. Emphasis is placed on learning to perform appropriate evaluations and formulate multimodal treatment plans. Fellows gain experience with all aspects of pain therapies, including medication management, physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, behavioral therapies and interventional treatments.

Palliative Medicine

For those interested in compassionately helping patients face end-of-life issues and conditions involving chronic pain, Mayo Clinic's one-year Palliative Medicine Fellowship provides comprehensive training to care for patients with life-limiting diseases. The fellowship is run through the Department of Family Medicine.

The overriding goal of the fellowship is to train physicians in the principles of palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization: "The active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, other symptoms, and psychological, social and spiritual problems, is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families."