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Application Process


There is one position available on a competitive basis each year in the Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Fellowship.


Post-graduate fellowship

To be eligible for the Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Fellowship, applicants should be residents or postgraduates in good standing. Preference is given to those who have shown an academic interest in neurovascular, cerebrovascular, skull base diseases, and brain tumors. 

Before beginning a CAST-accredited neurological surgery subspecialty fellowship, each candidate needs to satisfactorily complete an ACGME-accredited residency training program in neurological surgery.

Enfolded fellowship

Qualified candidates who pursue an enfolded CAST-accredited fellowship during their residency should have fellowship training at the appropriate senior level of residency allowable.

Prior to beginning their fellowship, you must have broad exposure to the full spectrum of neurosurgery with sufficient senior-level clinical experience to warrant a focused experience to build upon your already acquired skills. Any fellow should already have the technical expertise and intellectual maturity to understand and apply the material available in subspecialty training (Milestone Level 4). With that goal in mind, the term "senior level" has been defined by the SNS to occur after the successful completion of the chief resident year.

The "senior resident level" requirement for participation in all enfolded CAST-accredited fellowships (other than neurocritical care and neuroendovascular surgery) will be after the completion of their chief resident year, ideally during PGY-7 and certainly not before PGY-6.

It is anticipated that the standard length of fellowships will be 12 months duration. Since all fellowship applications will be reviewed formally, an application at variance from the considered standard must provide convincing evidence of its ability to satisfy the educational needs defined by the CAST.

Also see general admissions requirements for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

How to apply

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted 18 months preceding the program start date. The academic year begins July 1.

You must apply through the Recruit website, a third-party application service. No matching services are used.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission.
  2. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials. In addition to the standard application materials, this program requires three letters of recommendation. We require that one be from the program director of your previous program.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, for an interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted throughout the academic year.
  4. Appointments are made through the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

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