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Why do students and trainees choose Mayo Clinic?
From the moment you step foot on campus, you’ll notice we care about people differently. Our firm belief that the needs of the patient come first is the foundation of a culture that unites every health care provider, scientist, student, and trainee in a singular mission to provide hope and healing to the world — one person at a time.
We take note of where you came from and what led you here. Everything we do is centered around mentoring you in medical research and patient care to have the impact you’ve always known you could have.
Rankings and awards
When you choose Mayo Clinic, you’re not just choosing a place. You’re choosing a diverse community that exists to maximize your potential and advance health care through innovation and discovery. Over the years, Mayo Clinic and its schools have earned a number of honors that describe the environment you'll learn in.
You'll turn your calling into a career at the best hospital in the nation
Designed to educate the leaders of tomorrow, we use our history as a blueprint and continue to follow the principles that have guided us since our inception more than 150 years ago. We are driven by science, energized by education, and relentlessly focused on patient care.
Health care isn’t static and neither are we
"It’s very meaningful for me to be able to watch research be implemented in the clinic to improve patient care. Not many places offer such established collaborations between clinic and lab, especially not at a world-renowned clinic — that’s what made Mayo such an obvious choice for me."
Brooke Paradise, Ph.D. student
Mayo Clinic is at the forefront of health care discovery and innovation, and we bring that to the classroom — faster. All of our learners have the opportunity to participate in Mayo’s breakthrough medical research and are challenged to pioneer new scientific discoveries.
"I wanted to learn from the very best and from rare cases only able to be treated here due to Mayo Clinic’s unique ability to provide many treatment options. But most importantly, I wanted to be a part of an institution that always puts the patients' needs first."
From common to complex, learners do more and have access to more. They interact with diverse patient populations with a broad spectrum of medical conditions in multiple care settings.
Be part of a community that challenges you to become your best
Between your fellow students, faculty, and mentors, our programs attract leading scholars and diverse minds from around the world to shape the future of medicine.
World-class faculty and mentors
"You only get to train once, so make the most of it. Each day I have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty who are leaders in their field, bright and motivated residents, and kind and caring staff. I knew that I was not only going to receive great training, but the right training."
Omar Mohamed, M.D., Plastic Surgery resident
Our faculty members are leading physicians and researchers working on the greatest medical challenges of our time. They are passionate teachers, committed to providing mentorship and guidance through every step of training to ensure your success.
Focus on your wellness and well-being
“Residency is a tough phase of training, but the program strives to maintain some balance. Co-residents hang out together, and the city provides a backdrop of activity to fulfill any taste. Everyone at the hospital works toward shared goals to provide the best care for the patient, so we all work as a team and support each other.”
Mariam Ali-Mucheru, M.D., General Surgery resident
Taking steps to address burnout and improve wellness through a variety of initiatives continues to be one of our main priorities in order to ensure your long-term success.
Bringing diverse minds together
“My favorite part is definitely the people. My classmates are some of the most brilliant, down-to-earth, and fun people I’ve met. The medical school and clinical staff are all very friendly and always helpful. And the residents and faculty are amazing clinicians who are dedicated toward educating and mentoring medical students.”
Christopher Dinh, M.D., M.D. Program graduate and Internal Medicine resident
Our learners come from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and over 100 countries. We rely on your unique experiences and vantage points to drive the future of equitable patient care.
A chance to become the health care provider you’ve always wanted to be
There isn’t one right way to be an excellent health care provider. We don’t educate students to fit a mold or teach to provide care in one specific way. We guide based on interests, and educate to help students be the providers they want to be.
Excellence that isn't financially out of reach
"You have the freedom to choose whatever lab you want — the graduate school will fund you for five years."
Alaa Koleilat, Ph.D. student
Our priority is to train outstanding clinicians and scientists, regardless of your financial background. We keep affordability at the forefront of our biggest decisions:
A Ph.D. Program that is fully funded with stipend and benefits packages
"You never really leave Mayo, and Mayo’s training never really leaves you. It laid the foundation for how I approach difficult situations and challenging encounters with families. I use these lessons every day in my interactions with patients and families."
Andrew Sandstrom, M.D.-Ph.D. graduate, assistant professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine
Our graduates join a network of influential leaders in research, education, and medicine. You’ll be fully prepared to make an impact, wherever your next steps lead.
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