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Spine Surgery Fellowship (Minnesota)

Application Process

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Two positions are available on a competitive basis each year in the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.


To be eligible for the Spine Surgery Fellowship, applicants must have:

  • Passed all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or three levels of Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)
  • The ability to obtain a Minnesota state medical license
  • Successfully completed an accredited orthopedic surgery residency by the appointment date

Qualified accrediting bodies include:

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

See general admissions requirements for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

How to apply

The academic year begins on August 1 and ends on July 31.

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline listed on the SF Match website, a third-party application service.

  1. Visit the SF Match website to register as an applicant. Fill out a Central Application Service (CAS) application form, provide a set of required documents, and select our program for distribution.
  2. Appointments are made through the Spine Surgery Fellowship Match, which is coordinated by SF Match and sponsored by the North American Spine Society (NASS).
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted between January and March each year.