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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship (Minnesota)

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The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a rich diversity of surgical and clinical training which spans benign gynecologic surgery. Your experience will range from office hysteroscopy to complex endometriosis and retroperitoneal dissection.

Our exceptional surgical team provides expertise in the management of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, uterine anomalies, and abnormal uterine bleeding. You will train in both conventional laparoscopic surgery and robotics.

Fellowship highlights include:

  • A rich clinical experience. There are no private patients at Mayo Clinic, which offers a great opportunity to care for a wide variety of local, national, and international patients with both common and rare conditions.
  • A robust evaluation system to ensure that you are progressing through surgical cases and will be able to perform all steps of the surgery independently by the end of fellowship.
  • Team-based models of care in Abnormal Bleeding Clinic and Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic.
  • Rotations in urogynecology, gynecology oncology, and colorectal surgery to supplement your training as a gynecologic surgeon and foster collaborative care.
  • Collaboration with other departments to offer patients non-surgical treatments such as interventional radiology for the management of fibroids and Pain Clinic for blocks and neuromodulators.
  • Research support with funding and protected time leading to scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications. There are opportunities for you to complete additional training in research methodology if desired.
  • A formal quality improvement program in which the fellow aids residents in identifying cases for systematic review and presents yearly at the Quality and Safety Conference.
  • A three-site cutting-edge didactic program offering fellows learning opportunities from faculty at the Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona and Florida, as well as a local didactic program including robust simulation and team-based learning experiences.
  • A gross surgical anatomy course taught by an anatomist and gynecologic surgeon.
  • A reasonable call schedule with excellent faculty supervision while still allowing autonomy.


This fellowship is fully accredited through the AAGL.

Program history

The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 2019. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually.

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

What is the patient mix?

At Mayo Clinic you have the opportunity to care for a wide variety of patients. Rochester has a diverse immigrant population, with large concentrations of people from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. There are world-renowned experts in almost every obstetric and gynecologic disease at Mayo, which makes this a destination for patients with diagnostic and management challenges.

Are there opportunities to teach?

We rely on our fellows to educate peers, students, allied health staff, community members, and even other staff.

Your opportunities to teach run the gamut — from informal and formal teaching on your surgical team, to designing and delivering didactic teaching for residents through the guidance of the faculty.

The program director is actively engaged with the ACOG simulation working group which offers an arena for dissemination of your work to other programs nationally.

What is it like to live in Rochester?

Our fellows enjoy life in Rochester. Adela Cope, M.D., said, “Rochester is an easy city to live in. It’s super easy to get to and from work every day and although winter is real here, the city tends to manage it well. I personally enjoy the farmer’s market, going to trivia with my friends, lifting weights at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, and hanging out after work with my coworkers.It’s not too far from the Twin Cities, which is great because my husband and I love going to concerts and music festivals. The music scene is also starting to pick up in Rochester, though, so we don’t always have to make the drive to go to a show!”

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