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OBGYN students in SIM

September 21, 2023

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

This year's National Resident Matching Program brought nearly 350 new residents to Mayo Clinic campuses, where they began three- to seven-year commitments. More than two dozen of the new residents are graduates of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. A few of our new residents share their path to Mayo.

The new residents and fellows join one of the oldest and largest graduate medical education institutions in the country. By the numbers, the School of Graduate Medical Education includes:

  • More than 1,900 residents.
  • Nearly 350 medical and surgical programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida, Rochester, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
  • A total of 197 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency and fellowship training programs, making the school the largest sponsoring program in the U.S.

Malik Mays, M.D.: Driven by reputation, community

Mayo Clinic's commitment to diversity was a major deciding factor for Malik Mays, M.D., when choosing where to train. As one of few African American men nationwide who matched to an OB-GYN residency, Dr. Mays plans to make an impact in his field and his community.

While attending college in the Twin Cities, Dr. Mays knew Mayo Clinic only by its reputation. He aspired to be a part of it one day. He made connections with Mayo physicians while in medical school and soon realized that Mayo Clinic was where he would be able to receive the best possible training and mentorship.

A resident in Rochester since July, Dr. Mays says, "I'm learning how to provide the best care possible with unlimited resources. Not many people can say that."

His program director, Vanessa Torbenson, M.D., says that the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency in Minnesota is a draw because of its curriculum and strong surgical program, giving residents five blocks of electives to help them tailor the program to their interests. Additionally, each new resident is assigned a mentor to help acclimate them to Mayo and direct them where they have interests.

OB-GYN residents in Rochester forge deep connections in the community by completing rotations at Mayo Clinic Health System facilities, which Dr. Torbenson says is a great place to learn to be a specialist in general OB-GYN practice.

The residents also have research built into the curriculum.

More than a century after the Mayo brothers began teaching the Mayo Model of Care and providing specialty training to graduate physicians, residents are still learning to deliver patient care the Mayo Clinic way.

"Our residents definitely learn the Mayo way," says Dr. Torbenson. "Some of them may leave for fellowships or to go other places, but many choose to return because once you see what else is out there, you realize how special Mayo is, and you want to come back."

About Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education is the largest sponsoring program in the United States with 197 accredited residency and fellowship training programs. This year's National Resident Matching Program brought nearly 350 new residents to Mayo Clinic this summer.