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Graduate medical education in neurology at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, provides training in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of stroke and all types of cerebrovascular disorders.

The fellowship is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in academic neurology or in a group or private practice.

Throughout the fellowship, trainees are exposed to patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic cerebrovascular diseases. Patients are referred directly to the Department of Neurology by Mayo Clinic physicians and the emergency medicine specialists of Mayo Clinic Hospital's acute stroke service, as well as physicians at other health care facilities.

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship includes both didactic and clinical experiences, training fellows to:

  • Acquire the necessary cerebrovascular history
  • Conduct a focused cerebrovascular neurological exam
  • Order and interpret neuroradiological imaging and tests
  • Assess eligibility for thrombolysis and mechanical thrombus retrieval in patients who have had an acute stroke
  • Assess eligibility for enrollment into acute stroke trials
  • Provide inpatient post-stroke care
  • Manage secondary stroke prevention
  • Assess eligibility for enrollment in secondary stroke prevention trials
  • Interact with a multidisciplinary hospital-based stroke team
  • Conduct clinical research
  • Teach other medical trainees

Stroke fellows have research opportunities in the area of cerebrovascular diseases.


The Vascular Neurology Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After successfully completing the program, graduates are eligible to take the initial certification exam in the subspecialty of vascular neurology offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Inc.

Program history

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, began in 2017. It is anticipated that one trainee will complete this program annually.

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