Adult reconstructive upper extremity surgeons in the operating room at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic

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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.

Highlights of this program include:

  • Several rotations on different orthopedic surgery services
  • 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
  • Balanced exposure to both shoulder and elbow problems and adjustments to the rotation schedule for each fellow based on their anticipated needs and previous background and training
  • Fellows actively participate in preoperative consultations, surgical procedures, and postoperative management
  • 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.

Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Upper Extremity (Shoulder and Elbow) fellows in a meeting at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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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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