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Gastroenterology Fellowship (Minnesota)

Director's Welcome

Laura Raffals, M.D.


Thank you for your interest in Mayo Clinic's Gastroenterology Fellowship. The goal of this fellowship is to train clinicians and physician-scientists whose combination of excellence, innovation and compassion will make them leaders in our field.

Mayo Clinic's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as No. 1 in the country since 1990. No other institution has provided as many American Gastroenterological Association presidents and Julius Friedenwald Medal winners.

At Mayo, you work closely with world-renowned physicians and clinical investigators whose interests and expertise embrace all major areas of digestive diseases. Our division is committed to providing the most innovative treatments to our patients and translating our research discoveries to improve patient care. The fellowship curriculum both ensures that you are well-trained in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology and allows you to tailor your training to your specific interests.

As a fellow, you rotate through all our subspecialty clinics, including IBD, celiac, esophagus, pancreas, motility, hepatobiliary and neoplasia. You also rotate through numerous inpatient experiences: GI and hepatobiliary consults, liver transplant service, nutrition and a primary GI inpatient service. Our endoscopy training includes all standard GI procedures as well as dedicated training in complex endoscopy.

Our program offers two distinct tracks: a 3-year Clinical Scholar Track and a 3.5-year National Institutes of Health-Sponsored Track. Both tracks allow you to complete a master's degree or certificate program in clinical and translational science. Both tracks also offer a dedicated research block of 12 and 24 months respectively and can be tailored to your interests and career goals.

We hold an annual division-wide research retreat showcasing our third year fellows' research accomplishments. Our research retreat incorporates small group and individualized guidance to help you find the ideal mentor and the resources necessary to develop your research program. Our approach to developing your research programs has successfully launched many of our graduates' careers as they make meaningful contributions to the field.

The fellowship's most recent graduating class averaged 16 peer-reviewed manuscripts during their fellowship training, including numerous publications in The Lancet, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Mayo's Gastroenterology Fellowship offers you the opportunity to realize your highest professional aspirations even as you advance patient care and medical science. We encourage you to explore our website and to contact us if you have any questions about our fellowship.

Laura Raffals, M.D.
Gastroenterology Fellowship Director