Curriculum

Clinical training

Clinical rotations during the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship are spent with members of Mayo Clinic's adult lower extremity reconstruction faculty. You work one-on-one with faculty members to deliver patient care. Individualized instruction, patterned to your interests and needs, develop as a natural extension of this daily interaction. The rotations result in a rapid progression of responsibilities.

Educational activities, conferences and clinical research projects derive from these day-to-day interactions with patients and faculty members. You develop skills based on the challenges posed by busy, complex and diverse individual clinical practices.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. You are encouraged to take full advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Tuesday morning adult reconstructive case conference (fellow is responsible for organizing and presenting cases)
  • Tuesday night lecture series
  • Monday morning Orthopedic Grand Rounds

Research training

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding, enhanced by carefully monitored patient registries and close cooperation with the basic science laboratories, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, and medical illustrators. During your fellowship, you are encouraged to complete at least one patient-related research project.

You have the opportunity to pursue clinical research projects during time blocks when they are free of any clinical assignments. This typically happens during the second or third academic quarter for those interested in maximizing the extensive clinical research opportunities available within the department.

Call frequency

There is no call during the Adult Lower Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.

Moonlighting

You may moonlight with program director's approval. Moonlighting should not interfere with the required learning and must not violate the work-hour rules of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or visa regulations.

Teaching opportunities

Teaching opportunities may be available when a medical student or junior resident is assigned to certain orthopedic services, as well as during conferences.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Adult Lower Extremity 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. Each quarter, the faculty members complete a performance evaluation form in MedHub, Medical Education Management system. This form is shared with you at the end of the quarter.

In addition, you evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met. Your core competencies and milestones are evaluated by the Clinical Competency Committee semiannually in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements. The program director also meets with each fellow semiannually to discuss progress during the year and address any concerns that may arise.