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Students in the 2022 CARES program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona
High school students from the 2022 Mayo Clinic Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer (CARES) program

August 20, 2022

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

The Office for Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OEDEI) holds over twenty pathway programs each year to strengthen diversity within education and provide first-hand experience in health care to students. Two diversity pipeline programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona are providing high school students and undergraduate students in underrepresented communities with first-hand experience in health care careers.

These programs aim to mitigate disparities in medical education and patient care for historically marginalized communities. The programs recruit, retain, and mentor learners who are representative of the diverse patient populations and communities, which Mayo Clinic serves. The goal is to diversify the health care workforce resulting in higher quality patient care, especially among underresourced and underrepresented groups.

CARES (Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer) Program

Taneyah Young, a 2022 Mayo Clinic CARES student, shared:

“I was interested in the Mayo Clinic CARES Program because ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to find a cure for diseases, but I wasn't sure what path to take. This program helped me to realize I want to be a research scientist because it would give me a better opportunity to reach my dreams and goals. There were many memorable moments from the Mayo Clinic CARES Program, but I would say that the wellness panel was my favorite. I never realized how important it is to be well both mentally and physically in order to help yourself and others. My biggest takeaway from the Mayo Clinic CARES program was to not self-sabotage and don't let your doubts get in the way of your blessings.”

Undergraduate Plummer Scholars Plus (UPS+) Program

UPS+ was held in-person in June after nine months being virtual. UPS programming is centered around medical school readiness. The UPS virtual academic year program hosted over 90 outstanding premedical students underrepresented in medicine from over 15 different institutions including partner Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The UPS+ summer intensive hosted 18 of these undergraduate students on the Arizona campus. Mayo Clinic faculty provided more than 270 hours of clinical shadowing experiences to the students who also received guidance and insights on MCAT prep, writing, storytelling, interviewing, financing medical education, learning about health disparities, and reflection on well-being and resilience. Students toured Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (MCASOM) and the Simulation Center and were provided near-peer mentorship with their assigned MCASOM student mentors.

Kayla Wong, a UPS student, shared:

"After much reflection, words alone cannot describe how much gratitude I feel for the experience of a lifetime you and everyone at Mayo have given me this week. When I say that I feel like you have given me the world, I mean it. A world of amazing people, resources, opportunities; a world of access. A world that I would not have even imagined…I have made a set of lifelong friends here. It has been a privilege being surrounded by so many driven, inspiring, passionate individuals who want to make the world a better place."

About the Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

OEDEI pathway programs collaborate with all five Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences schools. OEDEI also partners with local schools, colleges, and community organizations to continuously increase diversity within education.

For more information on OEDEI programs or to learn about how to get involved, contact us at