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Graduate medical education in neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic

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The seven-year Neurologic Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides a rigorous, comprehensive surgical training experience designed to produce the highest caliber academic and clinical neurosurgeons.


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This residency is intellectually and technically challenging, with high expectations and standards for its trainees.

At the same time, the program fosters a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment emanating from the collective talent and dedication of the residents and staff at Mayo Clinic.

While the emphasis is on training academic neurosurgeons, the Neurologic Surgery Residency offers the versatility required for a career in either academia or private practice. The program provides residents with:

  • a solid foundation in basic neuroscience
  • preparation for both written and oral neurosurgery board examinations
  • opportunities for laboratory and clinical research alike
  • the option to pursue an advanced degree in neuroscience and neurosurgery or clinical and translational research

Most importantly, the Mayo Clinic training program offers an unparalleled experience by combining a large clinical volume of complex cases with a faculty of innovative, skilled, and subspecialized neurosurgeons who are committed to our uniquely autonomous and education-oriented mentorship model.

Neurologic Surgery Residency in Rochester, Minnesota

Neurologic Surgery Residency in Rochester, Minnesota


The Neurologic Surgery Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Upon successful completion of the Neurologic Surgery Residency, graduates will be eligible to take the American Board of Neurological Surgery certification exam after two to five years of practice.

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Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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Our program offers two full years of elective time where residents can tailor their program to their interests. Unparalleled training with significant flexibility allows for unique and personalized training you would not be able to get elsewhere.

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