May 19, 2022
Medical students from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, a national medical school, are taking part in the first tri-site commencement this year. This is the second commencement of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The ceremony will take place Friday, May 20.
Forty-two students will graduate from the Arizona campus, joining the more than 50 other Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students in Florida and Minnesota graduating this month.
These students persevered through the pandemic, learning health care at the height of nationwide lockdowns and an uncertain future. These students will move on residency, helping ease the physician shortage.
"The cornerstone of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is our commitment to our students," Fredric Meyer, M.D., Waugh Executive Dean of Education, Mayo Clinic. "When the Mayo brothers and families donated their estate to create the Mayo Foundation for Education and Research, they stated in their bequeath in service to humanity. Students, you are about to embark on a noble mission."
Daniel Khan was chosen by classmates to be the student commencement speaker. He hopes his speech showcases the importance of each of his classmates and how much of a profound impact they have had on him during his time at Mayo. He will transition to residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
To residency and beyond
These graduates are headed across the country to residency where they will do their part to ease the physician shortage. An Association of American Medical Colleges study projects a shortfall of up to 139,000 physicians by 2033. These graduates will bring their Mayo training and values with them as the third class of physicians of this generation to graduate during the pandemic. It has forced them to learn, practice, and innovate in new ways.
Students have worked side by side with world-renowned experts to create new ways to address patients' future needs and lead positive change in medicine. They will lead innovative and transformative efforts in health care and apply knowledge to develop creative solutions for some of the most complex problems facing patients and health systems today.
Learn more about commencement at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.