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Mayo Clinic CARES

Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer Arizona Program

Mayo Clinic CARES

Program overview

Have you ever wondered about working in the medical field, but don't know where to start? The Mayo Clinic Career Advancement, Research, and Education Summer (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.

Program highlights

During the program, you'll learn about a variety of careers in health care, establish connections, and discover the possibilities on your journey to a career in health care. You can expect:

  • Exposure to a wide diversity of health care careers and professionals

  • Hands-on experience in a hospital setting

  • Motivation through 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 help prepare 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 7-30, 2022
  • Schedule: Three days per week. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Option 2: One week with intensive, virtual programming

  • Dates: July 11-15, 2022
  • Schedule: Five days. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Past programming

The 2021 virtual program took place over four weeks, and the 2019 program took place over five weeks on both Mayo Clinic Arizona campuses for three days per week. The programs 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.

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 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.

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Dec. 21, 2021 - Feb. 1, 2022 Online application

The 2022 Mayo Clinic CARES Program is now accepting applications. Applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2022 at 8 a.m. MT. There is no cost to apply.


During this program, you will gain exposure to a broad spectrum of the health care industry. You will actively participate in lectures, team building exercises, and virtual experiential activities. It is expected that students will participate in daily journaling and present their experience at the end of the program via a presentation and a short paper.

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.


Still have questions? Review our list of frequently asked questions for more details.

When is the application period and how do I apply?

Application window: Dec. 21, 2021 - Feb. 1, 2022

Please complete the online application, in full, by 8:00 a.m. Arizona on February 1, 2022. Due to the high volume of
applicants, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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.

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?

Given the competitive and immersive nature of this program, attendance is expected students. If you are unable to commit to the 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.

Am I responsible for my own computer?

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

Mayo Clinic Cares 2021 Graduation Day

Program leadership

Mayo Clinic CARES Steering Committee

  • Cuong Nguyen, M.D., Medical Director of Mayo Clinic CARES, Consultant, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Barbara Jordan, Administrator, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • 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
  • 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, Diversity Recruitment Specialist
  • 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, MEd, Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Science
  • Janina Hogans, MHA, Clinical Operations Program Manager, Special Collaborations and Contracts
  • Yoshi Ikeda, Education Administration Coordinator
  • Keith Jones, Employee Well-being Specialist
  • Kit Kough, MA, Humanities in Medicine Program Coordinator
  • 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, Supervisor, Administrative Support Professionals, Instructor in Health Care Administration, College of Medicine
  • Susan Misztal, Education Administration Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Maria Molina, M.S., Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Farhia Omar, MPH, 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, and Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration
  • Angela (Patricia) Rodriguez, Education Administration Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Nicole Schuren, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., Pediatric/Adolescent Social Worker, Program Manager
  • Sharon Torres, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Kairin Whiteside, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services and Gift Shops