Mayo Clinic student pipetting a sample in research laboratory

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.

For college graduates

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.

For medical students

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.

For residents and fellows

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.

For college students

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.

For high school students

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.

Mayo CARES (Arizona)

Mayo Clinic is committed to providing a collaborative and positive learning environment for students and employees. The Mayo CARES program is designed specifically for high schoolers currently in grades 9 through 11 who are interested in exposure to several healthcare professions that span a variety of jobs and topics. This exposure will include but will not be limited to physicians, nurses, research, administration, therapy, diversity and inclusion, health equity, humanities, wellness, academic success and other health sciences. Mayo CARES will include presentations and non-clinical shadowing over the span of five weeks. The program will emphasize long-term mentoring and support with periodic contact with the Mayo CARES team throughout the school year. There is also a potential opportunity to come back to Mayo Clinic for future summers.

Dates: June 11- July 11, Tuesdays-Thursdays (not including July 4th holiday)
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This program will be based on both Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona:

5770 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona

13400 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, Arizona

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