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M.D.-Ph.D. Program

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Mayo Clinic has three unique campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida.

Location enrollment options

Applicants have the option to enroll at either the Minnesota campus or the Arizona campus, while taking advantage of research and other educational opportunities on the Florida campus throughout their training including:

  • Videoconferenced classes and seminars
  • Active student groups
  • Teaching assistants available on-site
  • Multi-disciplinary journal clubs and seminars
  • Opportunities for collaboration and team science
  • Clinical experiences throughout the Ph.D. phase

Students also have the option to complete their thesis research and last two years of medical school at any campus location.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) designation in Rochester, Minnesota

Up to nine students are admitted each year to the M.D.-Ph. Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program has been educating physician-scientists since 1986. In 2003, Mayo Clinic received funding as a Medical Scientist Training Program site from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. It is currently one of 50 M.D.-Ph.D. programs funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Research on the Rochester campus is available in all eight Ph.D. tracks.

M.D.-Ph.D. Program in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

Up to two students are admitted to the M.D.-Ph.D. Program on the Arizona campus each year.

The incoming class of 2021 will be the first class to enroll in the M.D.-Ph.D. program on the Arizona campus. The Arizona campus is in a period of rapid growth as Mayo Clinic is increasing activities as part of a massive expansion in education, research, and clinical care.

Research being done on the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona campuses is varied and aligns with the following Ph.D. tracks:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
  • Neuroscience

Opportunities available in Jacksonville, Florida

While students do not have the option to enroll on the Florida campus during the first two years of medical school, students are able to take advantage of the numerous research opportunities, rotations, and other educational options unique to the Florida campus. 

Research being done in laboratories on the Florida campus align with the following Ph.D. tracks:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
  • Neurosocience