Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology fellow and faculty member working together in the lab at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, exposes fellows to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors.

The intensive training program is designed to prepare each fellow for a career in an academic or large private referral center. Trainees review all Mayo Clinic consultation cases seen by members of the bone and soft tissue team, approximately 5,000 cases per year.

In-house ancillary studies are utilized extensively and include immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and electron microscopy. The bone and soft tissue pathology service supports a large multidisciplinary practice, including surgery, oncology, radiation therapy, radiology and nuclear medicine.

Fellows are responsible for reviewing all clinical material and radiological studies. Clinicopathological research is strongly encouraged and extensive diagnostic resources, including immunohistochemistry (IHC), fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), are available to trainees.


The Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic began in 2009. Since that time, more than seven physicians have completed training. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete this program annually. This subspecialty fellowship builds on Mayo Clinic's Surgical Pathology Fellowship, which began in 1919.

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