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Mayo Clinic CARES

Mayo Clinic CARES

The Mayo Clinic CARES program in Arizona is intended to introduce, prepare, and inspire high school students of various backgrounds and potentials for a career in the health care industry in a summer program with continuing, longitudinal mentorship.

The 2019 program took place over five weeks on both Mayo Clinic Arizona campuses for three days per week, and included shadowing and presentations by over 70 faculty, clinicians, researchers, educators, and allied health care careers to expose students to a wide variety of programs.

Applications are now closed for the 2020 summer program. Check back in December 2020 for the next cycle. See the program flyer or our frequently asked questions for more information.

Students are included in longitudinal mentoring beyond the program by selected Mayo Clinic mentors. The program is based in learning their strengths and promoting wellness, to ultimately become future leaders in the health care workforce. For more information, email

Mayo Clinic CARES Steering Committee

  • Cuong Nguyen, M.D., Medical Director of Mayo Clinic CARES and Associate Professor of Medicine

  • Barbara L. Jordan, Administrator, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

  • Anikar Chhabra, M.D., Orthopedic Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

  • Chara Chamie, MPH, Program Director, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration

  • 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, Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Science

  • Janina Hogans, Senior Specialist – ATS

  • Yerronda Lewis, Team Lead, Operations Administrative Assistant Supervisor

  • Cassandra Rickertsen, Research Technologist, Department of Neurologic Surgery

  • Nicole Schuren, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., Pediatric/Adolescent Social Worker

  • Kairin Whiteside, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services and Gift Shops