Curriculum

Clinical training

The Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship provides a broad exposure to common and unusual problems in the field of adult reconstruction and guides you to develop the clinical skills necessary to evaluate and manage inpatients and outpatients with these problems. Through patient care experiences and educational conferences, the training program helps you to rapidly expand your knowledge base in the field of adult reconstruction.

During the fellowship, you work one-to-one with faculty to provide patient care in ambulatory and inpatient settings. The favorable faculty ratio, large and diverse patient population, and state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities combine to create an ideal educational setting. The "Mayo Clinic way" of graduate medical education ensures that you receive the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy, hands-on fellowship program.

In the outpatient clinic, you follow a group of patients over the duration of your training program to gain an understanding of the long-term course of diseases. Clinical activities are designed to provide the maximum educational value to trainees.

Call frequency

The fellowship call schedule varies for each rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is permitted for licensed residents and fellows beyond the PGY-1 level. Moonlighting activities must be approved by the program director.

Research training

Participation in clinical research is an important part of this training program. You are expected to participate in clinical research projects with a faculty mentor. A clinical research center provides facilities, equipment and research nurse assistants to support your research projects.

There are opportunities to collaborate with basic scientists in the research centers, or with researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The information generated during the training year will form the basis for presentations at national meetings and publications. Time is allocated for analyzing data, preparing presentations and writing manuscripts.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small-discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instructions are all an integral part of the fellowship.

Conferences

The fellowship maintains an active schedule of teaching conferences relevant to adult reconstructive surgery. The goal of these conferences is to help fellows develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function as effective adult reconstruction consultants in a clinical academic setting.

During a series of these conferences, faculty members provide a didactic review of important topics in adult reconstruction. Regular conferences provide teaching in the format of case discussions and literature reviews, and include orthopedic topic review and journal reviews such as the Journal of Arthroplasty, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and The Bone & Joint Journal.

There are clinic-wide conferences such as the core competency lecture series, Grand Rounds and clinical-pathologic conferences. Other Mayo Clinic divisions and training programs also have active conference schedules that include topics of interest.

Teaching opportunities

You receive assistance in developing your teaching skills and ability to give effective oral presentations. You participate in both formal (didactic lectures) and informal (bedside) teaching of colleagues, including internal medicine, family medicine, orthopedic and general surgery residents, medical students and nursing staff.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, individual performance is monitored carefully during the Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members on a regular basis and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.