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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 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.

The 2022 Mayo Clinic CARES Programwill be accepting applications in early 2022. There is no cost to apply, and all freshman, sophomore, and junior students in Arizona are encouraged to attend.

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 2021 Graduation Day

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, Operations Manager, Experiential Learning
  • 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, On Call Standardized Patient

  • 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 Program Director, Office of 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
  • Nicole Schuren, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., Pediatric/Adolescent Social Worker

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