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Graduate medical education in neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic

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Offering a Neurosurgical International Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a longstanding tradition in our department. Many amazing surgeons have participated in this program, going on to advanced and successful academic careers in their home countries.

The goal of this program is to provide you with a general neurosurgical education in the first year of the fellowship. The second-year is typically more tailored to your interests and career aspirations, however, most have focused on cranial neurosurgery during this time. There is particularly robust exposure to brain tumors, epilepsy, and functional surgery. 

Further, exposure for you and the institution are symbiotic; you acclimate to the systems and culture that make Mayo Clinic successful. Likewise, the Department of Neurologic Surgery is fortunate to learn from our fellows as well — namely the differences in practice that make your training special. We hope you consider this unique opportunity.

Neurosurgery faculty in the operating room

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical and educational 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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Jamie Van Gompel, M.D.

Director's welcome

Mayo Clinic has long been a leader in education, and it exists as the largest graduate medical institution in the country. Given its unique position, trainees benefit from opportunities that are unavailable at any other institution.

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The program is unaccredited.


After successfully completing the program, graduates receive a certificate from Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education to recognize their time with us.

Program history

The Neurosurgical International Fellowship began in 1986. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually for a two-year fellowship, with an overlap of the prior fellow for one year. 

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