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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's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, 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, you will be exposed to patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and cerebrovascular diseases of all types. Patients are referred directly to the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, by Mayo Clinic physicians, clinicians from other health care facilities, and by self-referral.

Unique program opportunities include exceptional didactic and clinical experiences that train 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
  • Provide inpatient post-stroke care in the neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU) as well as in non-ICU settings
  • Manage secondary stroke prevention
  • Assess eligibility for enrollment in stroke and cerebrovascular clinical trials
  • Interact with a multidisciplinary hospital-based stroke team
  • Evaluate and manage cerebrovascular patients of all types in the outpatient setting
  • Conduct clinical research with mentorship from a large group of vascular neurology, vascular neurosurgery, and vascular neuroradiology
  • Provide education to other medical trainees

hospital in Minnesota and nationally recognized on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll (U.S. News, 2023-2024)

Kelly Flemming, M.D. speaks with a stroke patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.



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

Program history

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been in place for over 50 years. We have one trainee complete the program annually.

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