Clinical Chemistry fellow in the lab

Graduate medical education in laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic offers a two-year Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rochester, Minnesota.

Clinical chemistry applies chemical, molecular, and cellular techniques to the understanding and the evaluation of human health and disease. The results of these measurements and observations are relevant to the causes and extent of diseases as well as response to therapy in clinical laboratory tests. These data are converted into patient- and disease-related information at the laboratory-clinician interface.

Unique program opportunities include:

  • Structured learning opportunities covering the breadth of clinical chemistry specialties, methods, and pathophysiologies.
  • Diverse experiences in translational and clinical research, as well as quality improvement projects.
  • Work in one of the largest reference laboratories in the nation, which provides ample experience communicating with providers, helping to guide test selection, and interpreting test results.
  • Hands-on participation in the development and introduction of sophisticated new tests for immediate patient care and diagnostic application.
  • Function as an "acting lab director" during the second year of fellowship. Fellows handle daily technical and management aspects of the lab while working in close contact with the laboratory supervisor and laboratory directors.
Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral fellow works in the lab 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.

Maria Alice Willrich, Ph.D.

Director's welcome

My goal is to help fellows use the vast resources of Mayo Clinic to tailor their training to meet their individual career goals. Our core faculty are very engaged in education, research, and preparing our fellows for successful careers in clinical chemistry.


The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC).


After completing the first year of the two-year program, you are eligible and encouraged to take the board certification exam offered by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC).

Program history

The Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota began in 1976. Since that time, more than 90 fellows have completed training. We anticipate that two trainees will complete this program annually.

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