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Graduate medical education in laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic's Neuropathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides two years of intensive training in neuropathology, leading to subspecialty certification by the American Board of Pathology. Trainees may enter the program as part of a combined four-year Anatomic Pathology Residency and Neuropathology Fellowship or as a standalone two-year Neuropathology Fellowship.

The program emphasizes the development of diagnostic skills and the ability to synthesize clinicopathological correlations. As a trainee in this program, you:

  • Develop skills in diagnostic neuropathology of surgical and autopsy cases
  • Interpret lesions by light and electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and new techniques of tissue diagnosis
  • Participate in dedicated rotations in neuromuscular and peripheral nerve laboratories
  • Gain experience in the interpretation of eye specimen tissue

Teaching sets and archival material spanning many decades is available, which include clinical summaries, gross and microscopic images, and microscopic slides.

At Mayo Clinic, your research opportunities include participation in active studies of:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, frontotemporal dementias, motor neuron diseases, and multiple system atrophy)
  • Demyelinating and neoplastic diseases
  • Neuro-oncology, neuroimmunology, and neuromuscular disorders

During the fellowship, you develop and maintain close relationships with Mayo Clinic's neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology services.


The Neuropathology Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has been since 1992.


Upon successful completion of Mayo Clinic's Neuropathology Fellowship, graduates are eligible for certification in neuropathology by the American Board of Pathology.

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