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Mayo Clinic CARES

Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer Arizona Program

Mayo Clinic CARES
The Mayo Clinic CARES inaugural Class of 2019.

Program overview

Are you an Arizona high school student interested in exploring a career in health care? The mission of the Mayo Clinic Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer (CARES) Program is to expose students to the whole spectrum of health care careers over the course of a summer and then provide them with a longitudinal mentorship experience.

Program highlights

During the program, you'll learn about the wide variety of careers in health care, establish connections, and discover the possibilities for your personal and professional journey. You can expect:

  • Exposure to a wide diversity of health care careers and professionals
  • Hands-on experiences in a hospital setting
  • Motivation through the discovery of personal strengths
  • Long-term mentorship opportunities beyond the program by selected Mayo Clinic mentors

The program is based on learning your strengths and promoting wellness, to ultimately inspire you to become a future leader in the health care workforce.  

Younger student in scrubs practicing starting an IV on a simulation arm model.

See yourself here: Mayo Clinic CARES Program

Program options

Option 1: Four weeks with in-person programming

  • Dates: June 6-29, 2023
  • Schedule: Three days per week. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Option 2: One week with intensive, virtual programming

  • Dates: July 17-21, 2023
  • Schedule: Five days. Monday through Friday

Past programming

The Mayo Clinic CARES Program was founded in 2019, and has grown from seven to 40 students in 2022, with both a combination of in-person and virtual programming over the last few years. Programs can be found here:

2022 Mayo Clinic CARES graduates
The 2022 Mayo Clinic CARES program cohort.

Application process

All current high school freshman, sophomore, and junior students located in the state of Arizona are welcome to apply.

In order to reflect the communities which we serve, students who belong to any of the following groups or interest areas are especially encouraged to apply: diverse, first-generation college students, Upward Bound or STEAM pipelines, underserved, students receiving free or reduced school lunches, or special populations.

Application window Apply
Dec. 15, 2022 - Feb. 1, 2023 Applications will open in December 2022.

Applications for the 2023 summer program will open on Dec. 15, 2022, and will close on Feb. 1, 2023.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
  2. Select — Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Experience
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Mayo Clinic CARES Program (In-Person)
    • Mayo Clinic CARES Program (Virtual)
  4. Select — Create a New Application
  5. Select — Start a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Experience Application
  6. Complete each section of the application and submit.


This summer, approximately 100 health care professionals came together across all three shields of Mayo Clinic (clinical practice, education, and research), to participate as presenters or panelists to provide hands-on activities, virtual simulations, and interactive teaching modalities. Students were exposed to healthcare careers including physician, surgeon, physician assistant, nursing, rehabilitation medicine, biomedical research, medical laboratory, radiology, engineering, social work, clinical genomics, public health, and community-engaged research, among many others.

In addition, Mayo CARES offers students a mentorship relationship the academic year following the summer program, where students are matched with a physician or allied health professional working in their field of interest, better equipping them to pursue individual career and professional goals.

The program takes a holistic approach and interweaves life skill-building into each day’s programming such as personal wellness, presentation skills, interviewing skills, resume writing, humanities, college preparation, and strengths assessments. We begin the day with community-building time, followed by intensive and engaging presentations and activities, and we close with journaling and debriefing.

Tuition and fees

There is no cost to participate. This is Mayo Clinic’s service to our community. Students selected to participate will receive a stipend for their full participation in the program.


Review our list of frequently asked questions for more details.

When is the application period and how do I apply?

Applications for the 2023 summer program will open in December.

Who can apply?

Current Arizona high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Can out-of-state residents participate?

Only Arizona residents can apply. This pathway program is intended to strengthen Arizona communities, and will involve long-term mentorship throughout the year after the program ends.

Can I apply with my resume or differently than the online application?

Only online applications will be considered within the deadline. The application link will be made available in December 2022.

When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2022.

Do I need a permission slip or letter from my parent/guardian in order to participate in the program?

The online application will request your parent’s/guardian’s permission to apply along with requesting their email for confirmation.

Are there any family/guardian expectations?

Yes, they are expected to help facilitate student connecting to the program and any supporting work.

Can I miss part of the program or do I have to participate every day?

It is expected for students to participate every day of the program. If you are unable to commit to the program full time this year, please consider applying in the future.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate. This is Mayo Clinic’s service to our community. Students selected to participate will receive a stipend for their full participation in the program. These stipends are dependent on students’ full participation and attendance in the program.

Am I responsible for my own computer?

A computer will not be necessary for the in-person program. A laptop and internet access will be needed for the virtual program.

Program leadership

Mayo Clinic CARES Steering Committee

  • Cuong Nguyen, M.D., AGAF, FACG, FASGE, Medical Director of Mayo Clinic CARES, Consultant, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Barbara Jordan, M.A., Administrator, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • Carlos Bravo, M.Ed., Admissions Recruiter, Office of Strategic Student Recruitment and Outreach, MCCMS
  • Nicole Billingsley, M.B.A., Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Anikar Chhabra, M.D., Orthopedic Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Blake Davisson, Operations Manager, Experiential Learning - Arizona
  • Mary Sue Dumas, M.S.N., R.N., AMB-BC, Nursing Lead Arizona, Mayo Model of Community Care, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Instructor in Nursing
  • Marcia Edwards, RACR, M.HR, Diversity Recruitment Specialist, Project SEARCH Business Liaison
  • Brynn Goldberg, M.S.N., R.N., Manager, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Instructor in Orthopedics
  • Diana Guebara, Supervisor, Office of Access Management: Executive, Development, International, and Medallion
  • Vicki Hochstetler, M.Ed., Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Janina Hogans, M.H.A., Clinical Operations Program Manager, Special Collaborations and Contracts
  • Yoshi Ikeda, Education Administration Coordinator, Office for Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Keith Jones, Program Manager, Office of Joy and Well-being
  • Kit Kough, M.A., Program Director, Mayo Clinic Center for the Humanities in Medicine
  • Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., Consultant, Chair, Division of Gynecology, Associate Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Associate Dean of Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Yerronda Lewis, Program Director-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office for Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Instructor in Health Care Administration
  • Ron Mack, Diversity Recruitment Specialist, Workforce Development
  • Maria Molina, M.S., Program Director-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Farhia Omar, M.P.H., Program Manager, Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research, Instructor in Healthcare Administration
  • Chara Pruszynski, M.P.H., Operations Manager, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration
  • Patricia Rodriguez, M.S., CME Specialist, Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Professional Development
  • Linda Scholl, Ph.D., Director, Program Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement, Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Science, MCCMS
  • Nicole Schuren, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., Pediatric/Adolescent Social Worker, Program Manager
  • Sharon Torres, Program Director-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Kairin Whiteside, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services and Gift Shops