Surgical Pathology fellows discuss a case

Graduate medical education in laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic's one-year Surgical Pathology Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and learn from an exceptionally diverse amount of pathological material, including routine and unusual neoplastic and non-neoplastic specimens.

The Division of Anatomic Pathology at Mayo Clinic processes nearly 250,000 specimens annually, including approximately 127,000 surgical cases, 61,000 cytology cases, and 59,000 consultative cases.

As a surgical pathology fellow at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, your rotation schedule includes:

  • Training in the frozen section laboratory
  • Participation in the sign-out of general surgical pathology
  • Participation in Mayo Clinic's extensive consultation practice
  • Several elective rotations in subspecialty areas of your choice

The Surgical Pathology Fellowship is a hands-on experience, featuring a high degree of responsibility in patient care, education, and quality assurance programs.


This fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic began in 1919. Since then, more than 200 fellows have completed training in this program. Going forward, it is anticipated that nine trainees will complete the fellowship each year.

Jennifer Boland, M.D.

From the director

"The goal of our Surgical Pathology Fellowship is to train excellent pathologists who will become leaders in the field of pathology, as well as in their communities."

Jennifer Boland, M.D.
Program Director

Surgical Pathology (MN) fellow Mounajjed Taofic

Meet our trainees

Previous graduates of my residency program had been Surgical Pathology fellows at Mayo Clinic, and they highly recommended joining the program. After interviewing at several places, I chose Mayo because, in my opinion, it offered the most well-rounded surgical pathology program, with an unsurpassed volume of cases, unique gross and microscopic correlation, and a very strong teaching staff."

Taofic Mounajjed, M.D.
Surgical Pathology Fellowship graduate

Mayo Clinic resident checking heartbeat of teen patient

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Group of consultant, nurse, and residents discussing case in hallway at Mayo Clinic.

Stipend and benefits