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February 25, 2022

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

In 1931, William J. Mayo reflected on his interactions with the next generation of physicians and said, “they give me of their dreams, and I give them of my experience, and I get the better of the exchange.”

Residents and fellows at Mayo Clinic continue a long legacy of living out the Mayo Values and putting the needs of the patient first.

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education was established by the Mayo brothers in 1915 to provide specialty training to graduate physicians. The school is one of the oldest and largest in the country, with residents and fellows representing every state in the US and many countries across the globe.

Graduate medical education is an essential part of the spirit and legacy of Mayo Clinic and it is a critical investment in Mayo’s future.  Across all of the Mayo sites, there are 325 residency and fellowship training programs which host 1967 trainees. Today, we recognize their tremendous efforts on National Thank a Resident Day. We thank them for their long hours, their diverse perspectives, their collegiality and professionalism, and for their service to our patients.

“My message to our residents and fellows is simple yet heartfelt; thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Annie Sadosty, M.D., Dean of Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

“Thank you for entrusting us to guide you through your training and thank you for living and breathing Mayo Clinic’s primary value – the needs of the patient come first. Every day, you make these words come alive. Today (and every day) we celebrate and thank you for your dedication, excellence, and service.”

History of National Thank a Resident Day

In 2018, the Gold Humanism Honor Society decided to bring to light the importance of the house staff and encourage medical students at chapters throughout the nation to show their gratitude and appreciation.

"Mayo's residents work tirelessly across all three Mayo shields to put the needs of the patients first," says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Waugh Executive Dean of Education, Mayo Clinic. "Each of you brings diverse perspectives to medicine and science, helping lead necessary change as you embark on medical careers here and across the globe. We are truly grateful to each and every one of you for helping make Mayo Clinic the No. 1 hospital in the country."

How you can thank a resident or fellow

If you see a resident or fellow today, express your appreciation for all that they do. You can share your activities on social media by using the hashtag, #ThankaResidentDay.