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Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Vision and Mission

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Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine will transform health care for both patients and society through excellence in education, discovery, innovation, and leadership.


To educate and inspire a diverse workforce of physicians and scientists through excellence in medical education, research and clinical care; to alleviate human suffering by providing compassionate and culturally sensitive care; to enhance the biomedical sciences through discovery and innovation; and to advance the national health care system through population science and leadership.

  • Physician leaders. Physicians model servant leadership in a wide variety of professional settings.
  • Patient-centered. Exemplifying humanism and Mayo Clinic's unique model of patient-centered health care.
  • Science-driven. Supporting evidence-based medicine and accelerating discovery and innovation using traditional and emerging sciences, and improving the health care system by applying tools from the science of health care delivery.
  • Team-based. Working and studying in collaborative groups and facilitating interdisciplinary, collaborative team-based practice.
  • High-value health care. Advancing the science of health care delivery by mastering the necessary knowledge to improve quality, safety and service within health care systems.
  • Resilient. Adjusting and thriving in an evolving health care landscape, through deliberate training in wellness and resilience and ongoing reflection and effective change in self and in others.
  • Diverse and culturally competent. Recognizing, valuing and respecting the richness of diversity and cultural differences.

Core principles: Lead, transform and heal

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine will:

  • Enroll an outstanding and diverse student body that has a strong foundation in the sciences and a demonstrated commitment to service and continuous learning
  • Attract and sustain an outstanding and diverse faculty who contribute to education scholarship and utilize the best principles of education to optimize students' professional development
  • Provide a learner-centered curriculum that aligns with evolving technological trends and integrates strong basic sciences, ethical principles, professional standards and outstanding clinical training
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating environment where small class size and a large faculty of physicians, scientists and other health professionals unite to promote the scientific and humanitarian practice of medicine

In order to graduate physicians who will:

  • Provide service and demonstrate leadership within health care systems and within the community
  • Serve as leaders of change to improve the health care system and delivery
  • Advance the scientific foundations of medicine through leadership in basic, clinical and translational research
  • Promote the role of the physician as educator-mentor and the importance of lifelong learning
  • Foster resilience and wellness in themselves and others, demonstrating work-life integration and compassionate self-care and care of others
  • Make altruistic career choices based on personal skills without the burden of excessive educational debt
  • Have mastered the knowledge and skills required for diagnosis, patient management, health promotion, disease prevention and high-value health care
  • Respect the importance of the patient as an individual as well as the needs of populations, and consistently practice evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making
  • Work collaboratively within multidisciplinary health care teams
  • Contribute to a diverse and culturally competent workforce
  • Practice both the art and science of medicine, and incorporate the highest ethical principles into their lives and practices