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The Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is designed to expose you to a large volume and a variety of reconstructive and traumatic surgical problems in the shoulder and the elbow, as well as teaching, research, and leadership opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing an academic career.

The fellowship includes several rotations on different orthopedic surgery services. Our faculty includes six faculty members with different practice profiles, including open and arthroscopic reconstructive shoulder procedures, open and arthroscopic reconstructive elbow procedures, sport-related injuries, tendon transfers, scapulothoracic surgery and acute shoulder and elbow trauma. We provide a balanced exposure to both shoulder and elbow problems and adjust the rotation schedule for each fellow based on their anticipated needs and previous background and training.

As a fellow, you participate actively in preoperative consultations, surgical procedures, and postoperative management. Also, you have access to additional training through teaching conferences and journal clubs, on-site courses and our anatomy laboratory. Mayo Clinic on-site courses include a winter review course, an annual "Teach the Teachers" elbow course, and a biennial course on tendon transfers. Research is a prominent part of our program, enhanced by our carefully monitored patient registries and close cooperation with the basic science laboratories, division of statistics, and medical illustrators.

The Mayo Clinic Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is officially recognized by American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). The matching process is completed through the services of San Francisco Match.


The Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 1972, and since that time, close to 80 physicians have completed training. Many of our graduates have become nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field and have developed vibrant shoulder and elbow practices. It is anticipated that two fellows will complete training in this program annually.

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