The Office for Diversity promotes diversity in education to ensure Mayo Clinic's learning environments offer the added dimension that diverse students and faculty bring to our schools, and ultimately to patient care. It supports and encourages diversity in Mayo Clinic education programs and careers, and designs programs and services to attract students from diverse backgrounds. Find a program.
Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
Many talented minority students approach college graduation not quite ready to jump into graduate training. Some students discover research late in their college careers and need more research experience to compete for top Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Recent college graduates seeking additional basic and translational research training should look into PREP.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
A goal of the IMSD program is to provide students personal and professional development counseling to enhance their growth and skills for success in a biomedical research career. Program activities provide a fellowship and social network with peers, which can reduce psychological stress and isolation at a large institution.
Summer Research Fellowship
Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive training program for patient-oriented research that is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The eight- to 10-week Summer Research Fellowship matches medical students in their first and second years with Mayo Clinic investigators based on students' individual research interests. Students also attend a series of seminars and presentations that introduce them to the full range of clinical research methods.
Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program
This four-week clinical rotation at one of Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida or Minnesota can be subsidized by a $2,500 diversity scholarship. Visiting medical students become active members of a multidisciplinary health care team and attend teaching rounds and conferences, take patient histories, perform physical examinations, and assist with operating room and other procedures.
Wilson Scholars Program
The Wilson Scholars Program at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, in partnership with the Office for Diversity, is a pipeline to graduate medical education and career advancement. The program is open to medical school students in their first, second, and third years of all backgrounds who are committed to addressing issues of diversity and equity in healthcare. The program involves personalized mentorship, information on Mayo Clinic residency programs, and strategies for selecting the best residency program. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayo International Health Program
The Mayo International Health Program is a mentored scholarship program designed to help current Mayo Clinic residents and fellows pursue elective rotations, providing medical care to underserved international populations.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
SURF, sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research for 10 weeks. This program is partially funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The Undergraduate Plummer Scholars (UPS) Program
The primary aim of the UPS program is to expose, excite, and engage underrepresented undergraduates with high potential of pursuing a career in medicine. The program spans nine months during the academic school year and includes distance learning webinars on topics including MCAT prep, summer research opportunities, the medical student experience, and the medical school application and interview process.
Undergraduate Plummer Scholars Plus (UPS+) Program
The Undergraduate Plummer Scholars Program has a UPS+ track for outstanding pre-medical college sophomores. In addition to the webinars, the UPS+ students participate in a near-peer mentorship program with Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine medical students from Minnesota and Arizona. UPS+ students also have the opportunity to apply for admission to an intensive week-long summer program hosted at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. The summer program is centered on clinical shadowing with Mayo Clinic faculty and physicians, MCAT test preparation, professional and academic development, and workshops to guide students in the medical admissions process and beyond.
The UPS 9-month program runs from September-May. The week-long UPS Summer Program is held in June.
Worrall Scholars Program
The Worrall Scholars Program recruits talented pre-medical minority students to Mayo Clinic to experience our world class medical education environment. Selection is based on high achievement on the MCAT with scores in the top percentile as reported by the Association of American Medical Colleges' Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-Mar).* The program offers a 2-day campus visit with clinical shadowing at Mayo Clinic and faculty presentations at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Scholars also participate in a mentorship program with Mayo Clinic physicians to help guide them through the medical school admissions process and their career development.
*This program is by invitation only. Interested students who are eligible to participate in the Med-Mar registry are advised to opt in to the registry when taking the MCAT in order to have their scores reported and available for consideration.
Health Care Career Exploration
Our health care career exploration website offers you a chance to learn about and discover possible careers in medicine and science.
Biomedical & Health Science Careers Program
This Introduction to Health Science Careers course exposes students to the vast field of health care careers and provides an introduction to medical terminology. After completing the introductory course, students can continue on to earn their certified nursing assistant and home health aide certification, study to be a pharmacy technician, explore the field of therapeutic medicine, and experience a medical lab course.
Arizona high school students (freshman to junior) can participate in Mayo Clinic CARES (Career Advancement Research and Education Summer). High schoolers apply through a rigorous selection process and are selected to participate in this 5 week program. Emphasis is placed on students from special populations, underserved areas, diverse backgrounds, and interest in health equity and/or community outreach.