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Graduate medical education in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic

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The Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Lower Extremity (Hip and Knee) Fellowship is a one-year program located at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. The subspecialty training is designed to provide you with extensive exposure to the evaluation and management of both primary and complex hip and knee problems.

The primary goal of the fellowship is to prepare you for a career as a well-trained hip-and-knee reconstructive surgeon, either in an academic setting or scholarly subspecialist in private practice.

During the fellowship, you will experience superior hands-on training alongside dedicated and enthusiastic faculty in a mentorship model.

The program includes 12 months of clinical work on four to six consultants’ services; each rotation is six weeks to three months in length. While on these services, you work one-on-one with a member of our adult lower extremity reconstructive faculty to perform preoperative consultations, participate actively in surgical procedures, and are directly involved in postoperative patient management.

In addition to clinical training, you will be an active leader in specialty-specific education including case conferences, journal clubs, and technical cadaver lab experiences. 

You will also have ample opportunity for development and completion of clinical research projects.

Overall, the fellowship is designed to provide flexibility in setting you on a path to achieve your career aspirations.


Mayo Clinic's Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Lower Extremity (Hip and Knee) Fellowship in Florida is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). However, this allows opportunities for graduated autonomy and participation as fully licensed surgical staff.


Nationally, there is currently no certificate of added qualification (CAQ) or subspecialty certification offered for adult lower extremity reconstruction.

Program history

Mayo Clinic's Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Lower Extremity (Hip and Knee) Fellowship program in Florida began in 1999. Since that time, more than 20 physicians have completed training. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete training in the program annually.

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