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Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida

March 16, 2022

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

Match Day 2022 will look rather different for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine on the Florida campus as the first full cohort of students opens their envelopes simultaneously with other Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students across the nation.

Instead of completing all four years of medical school on a single campus, this group is the first full cohort to complete the Florida track within Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. They started with two years at either the Minnesota or Arizona campus, and then concluded their education with two years at the Florida campus. On Friday, March 18, 2022, they will learn where they're headed next for their residency training.

Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D., vice dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the school's dean in Florida, shared the following comments at the time the first group of Florida students arrived — "Our staff are excited to have full-time students on our campus and be involved in training the next generation of physician colleagues. As somebody who has met all of the students, I can attest to their character and great potential to bring hope and healing to our future patients. I am excited for our institution to reach this major education milestone that will ultimately have a great impact for our Jacksonville community and its future medical workforce needs."

Nationwide expansion

Mayo Medical School, now known as Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, first opened its doors to a class of 40 students in 1972. The school expanded its reach nationwide with a four-year track on Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus in 2017 and the combined Minnesota/Florida and Arizona/Florida tracks in 2018.

By the summer of 2020, the first group of students embarked from Minnesota and Arizona to start their final two years of education on the Florida campus. The medical school also doubled in size that year to more than 400 students.

Preparation for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine 2-year branch campus in Florida is officially complete.
First group of students to attend Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Florida in 2018 pictured with Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D., vice dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the school's dean in Florida.

Individualized curriculum at Florida campus

Florida's curriculum was built to encourage off-campus experiences in various fields of interest across a broad spectrum of patient and practice settings. From selectives to electives to core clerkship rotations, research opportunities and more, Florida students could choose where they wanted to complete certain aspects of the curriculum.

Nationally, Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida is recognized as the foremost liver transplant program. It is also acclaimed for its leading practices and research in the neurosciences, transplant, and cancer treatment.

From our Florida students

Hear more from a few of our students on how Mayo Clinic in Florida prepared them for Match Day and beyond.