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Graduate medical education in surgery specialties at Mayo Clinic

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The Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester offers advanced training in minimal access approaches to surgical diseases including laparoscopic, endoscopic, and da Vinci-assisted. Fellows will receive training opportunities in gastrointestinal, bariatric, hernia, and solid-organ procedures. Clinical training places emphasis on proficiency and excellence in patient selection, operative technique and perioperative care. In addition to a strong clinical emphasis, an integral part of this program is mentored training in education and research. Fellows will participate in educational activities and will be mentored in clinical and experimental research. Ongoing refinement of existing MIS approaches and advancement of innovative approaches such as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), single-port, and hybrid procedures are important; fellows of this program will be active participants in these endeavors.

Our goal is to assist the graduate in establishing excellence in clinical, educational, and research abilities within minimally invasive approaches, and to prepare them for leadership and career opportunities.


To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation; and then meet accordingly with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.


This one-year MIS Fellowship program is fully accredited through the Fellowship Council.

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