The goal of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is to provide board-eligible graduates of orthopedic surgery training programs with a well-rounded experience involving all aspects of spinal surgery.
As a fellow in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, you gain expertise in treating a wide range of spine pathology and performing a comprehensive array of surgical techniques, including anterior and posterior decompression, instrumentation, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery at all levels of the spine.
Clinical responsibilities are divided among seven orthopedic staff spinal surgeons. You participate in the preoperative assessment, surgical care, postoperative management, and follow-up evaluation of patients.
Clinical and basic science research opportunities are available. You are required to produce at least one peer-reviewed publication and participate in the design of a second project during your tenure. You also are expected to carry out a quality improvement project and actively participate in the education of residents. Fellows help to organize a weekly combined orthopedic/neurosurgery spine conference and may scrub with the spine surgeons in the Department of Neurosurgery on an ad hoc basis.