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Wilson Scholars Program

Mayo Clinic Wilson Scholars

Wilson Scholars Program is a graduate medical education pathway towards career advancement. The program is open to medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or those with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare.

The program is offered through the Office for Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Mayo Clinic College of Education & Science and is designed to prepare medical students for residency training through long-term engagement and a robust curriculum. There is no cost to participate.

Program highlights:

  • Individualized mentorship based on specialty and, where able, dimensions of diversity
  • On-campus visit (travel stipend provided)
  • Virtual workshops and webinars
  • Access to Mayo Clinic Continuous Professional Development courses
  • Yearly participation up to third year of medical school

Application process

Application is by invitation only. Nominations are sought from college deans before candidates are invited to apply.

Currently, only students in their first year of medical school are eligible.

Application timeline

Nomination window Application window Apply
Jan. 15-Feb. 1, 2024 Feb. 1-March 3, 2024 By invitation only

2024 campus visit dates:

  • Florida: Sept. 5-8
  • Arizona: Sept. 26-29
  • Minnesota: Oct. 17-20


  • Thursday evening: Arrival and reception
  • Friday: Observations and meetings
  • Saturday: Community visit
  • Sunday: Departure

Wilson Scholars Steering Committee

  • Floyd Willis, M.D., Wilson Scholars Medical Director, Family Medicine Consultant, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Rawhi Said, M.B.A., Program Director, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Barbara Jordan, M.A., Administrator, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • Shannon 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
  • Pete Myszkowski, M.Ed., Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Sharon Torres, Program Director, Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Chara Pruszynski, M.P.H., Operations Manager, Office of Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Olayemi Sokumbi, M.D., Dermatology Senior Associate Consultant, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, College of Medicine