Curriculum

Clinical training

You participate in all aspects of patient care and function independently in surgical cases. You are adequately supervised at all times for surgical cases and are primarily responsible for perioperative management of all surgical and hospitalized patients.

Rotation schedule

The majority of the year is spent focusing on endoscopic surgery. You also spend time in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension to participate in the Metabolic Stone Clinic. You're also exposed to and perform some laparoscopic and robotic procedures.

Didactic training

You participate in departmental conferences, journal clubs and training events throughout the academic year. You assist in coordinating the simulation and training activities for minimally invasive urologic techniques in the Department of Urology and in overseeing training assessments for residents in this regard.

Research training

You are provided opportunities and encouraged to actively pursue new research projects. A broad range of research opportunities are available within the fellowship program, and time is provided to pursue these interests. 

Mayo Clinic's Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery Fellowship actively supports the preparation of manuscripts for publication and travel to regional and national meetings to present research data.

You're required to submit one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal before the end of the fellowship and complete one review article or book chapter.

Call frequency

Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery fellows are not scheduled to take call.

Teaching opportunities

You meet periodically with your mentor and the program director to discuss individual goals and future career plans.

If you have an interest in education, an opportunity to present didactic lectures to the residents is provided. You also attend the annual Teach-the-Teacher Symposium held in the Department of Urology for faculty development purposes.

Conferences

You will attend the weekly Urology Imaging and Pathology Case Conference as well as participate in the monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference. You will attend the weekly Topic-Oriented Journal Club in the Department of Urology when endourological topics are discussed in addition to the quarterly Nephrology Stone Journal Club. Several weekly, biweekly and monthly integrated conferences are open for you to attend in the areas that include general surgery, radiology, oncology, and pathology.

Evaluation

To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, supervising faculty members monitor your performance throughout this program. Your supervising faculty completes competency-based electronic evaluations after each clinical rotation. You then meet with the program director to review these evaluations on a six-month basis or more frequently if necessary.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the faculty to ensure educational goals are being met.