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Graduate medical education in anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a robust experience in the anesthetic care of obstetric patients and babies who are considered high risk. The fellowship provides an excellent experience in evidence-based anesthetic care of the healthy obstetric patient, but is structured to maximize learning surrounding the care of pregnant women with complex medical conditions. Learn more about our program through the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship video.

Mayo Clinic is a world-renowned tertiary care center with patients traveling to Rochester, Minnesota, seeking hope and healing from around the world. Pregnant women with congenital and acquired heart disease, endocrine diseases, neurologic diseases, renal disease, and various other medical and surgical needs travel to Mayo Clinic to be cared for throughout their pregnancies. Further, pregnant patients who are ill are transferred to Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester from throughout the Midwest. Our institution has been named a Center of Excellence by the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.SOAP Center of Excellence logo

While working with a dedicated group of Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship trained consultants as a fellow, you work to coordinate the complex care of sick patients through their deliveries, as well as caring for them during any nonobstetric surgeries in pregnancy. Mayo Clinic also has an active and busy fetal surgery program through which you actively participate in the coordination of this fetal care.

Multidisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic care. Coordination of care for patients with high-risk pregnancies is accomplished through the High-Risk Obstetric Anesthesia Clinic. Here you care for your pregnant patients prior to hospitalization to coordinate their deliveries or nonobstetric surgery anesthetic plans.

In addition to individual multidisciplinary care conferences, you also participate in monthly meetings called Maternal Boards. At the bimonthly Fetal Care Center Multidisciplinary Conference, coordination occurs with maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, nursing and neonatology, as well as adult and pediatric subspecialists who are experts in the disease process affecting the patient or her baby.

The Mayo Clinic Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship offers boundless opportunities in both clinical and basic research. This is facilitated through high energy, highly engaged, fellowship trained obstetric anesthesiology faculty. The basic science research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are also world renowned and available to you as a fellow. During the fellowship, dedicated research time is provided to you.


The program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Nationally, there is currently no certificate of added qualification (CAQ) or subspecialty certification offered for obstetric anesthesiology.

Program history

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 2018. We anticipate that one trainee will complete this program annually.

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