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Application Process

Mayo Clinic spine surgeons discussing a case


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 one of the following examinations:
    • All three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
    • All three levels of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)
    • Part one and part two of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE)
  • The ability to obtain a Minnesota state medical license
  • Successfully completed an accredited orthopedic surgery residency by the appointment date. All required clinical education must be completed in one of the following:
    • An Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency program
    • An American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved residency program
    • A program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation
    • A Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accredited residency program located in Canada

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 for an interview with the program director, faculty, and current fellows. Interviews are conducted between January and March each year.