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Didactic Training

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellows in an operating room at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship. You have protected time for:

  • Tri-site Advanced Gynecological Surgery Fellowship Conference. Fellows and faculty from each Mayo campus (Florida, Rochester, and Arizona) meet weekly to learn from each other. Sessions include lecture-based, surgical video review, and case presentations. Didactics cover surgical topics (e.g. MIGS in pregnancy) as well as medical topics (e.g. complex contraception).
  • Research conferences. These conferences focus on current, ongoing research projects, along with brainstorming research for the fellows. Faculty help fellows stay on target for submission deadlines and troubleshoot as needed.
  • Endometriosis Board. This multidisciplinary conference discusses patients with deep infiltrating endometriosis and complex disease to optimize perioperative management.
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain Conference. This multidisciplinary conference addresses patients with complex chronic pelvic pain disorders with various subspecialists as indicated; it may include faculty and fellows from pain medicine, gastroenterology, radiology, interventional radiology, integrative medicine, and psychology to provide guidance on further evaluation and treatment.
  • Simulation Lab. You will participate in regularly scheduled faculty-guided hands-on teaching at least once per month and a surgical video review.
  • Cadaver Lab. This annual conference is an opportunity to perform laparoscopic pelvic and abdominal anatomy dissection. Classes in pelvic anatomy are also offered during the fellowship.
  • Mortality and Morbidity Conference. Faculty and fellows participate in this monthly review of cases to discuss opportunities for quality improvement and make systematic changes to improve patient care.
  • Alumni Talks. Mayo Clinic FMIGS alumni are invited back to speak about a topic of their choice, generally geared toward fellow career development.

Additionally, classes in research design, statistics, and pelvic anatomy, are offered during the fellowship.