Mentorship matters here. With our small class sizes, you'll get to know and work alongside your faculty and mentors very closely. We’ve made mentorship an important part of your success, with many different mentorship models built into your experience.
800+ full-time faculty members
2.1 full-time faculty members to every 1 student
271 scientific faculty
Learn from the best
Mayo Clinic is the top-ranked center for patient care clinical experiences in the country. As a student, you'll learn with these world-class experts as your faculty. They will push and guide you to explore and maximize your education.
Our 2.1:1 full-time faculty-to-student ratio allows for highly individualized instruction and supervision. Beyond full-time faculty, students have unparalleled access to many other Mayo Clinic clinicians and researchers across all three campuses.
You'll have endless opportunities to find and maintain mentorship relationships with your faculty. One way we facilitate this is with a specialty career adviser.
Every first-year student is carefully paired with a specialty career adviser who provides career guidance throughout the four-year curriculum. Your specialty career adviser not only acts as a mentor, but also invests in you and your success as you pursue your M.D. degree.
Dedicated faculty across all specialties
Faculty at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine consists of researchers, educators, scientists, and professionals — unique individuals across all areas of expertise. Your instructors are not only your instructors, they're leaders across the institution, performing surgeries, seeing patients, conducting research, and working at Mayo Clinic.
Medical students receive instruction and experience directly from physician faculty who spend significant time in the clinic and hospital settings. From day one, you'll use the knowledge gained from the classroom and directly apply it to patient care in a clinical setting, right alongside your instructors.
Making it personal
Fred Meyer, M.D., dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, holds monthly "breakfast club" meetings with all medical students to check in and get a pulse on student life.
"There are countless opportunities for mentorship, from our Med Sibs program, to our Mentorship Families, to our career advisors, to our faculty and staff. The opportunity to work closely, and develop both a personal and professional relationship, has allowed me to better understand my own career and personal goals, and what steps I need to take to meet these goals. Our mentors care for us as individuals first and students second, which shows me that they truly care about us, which allows me to be a better student."
"Mentorship is a big focus at Mayo. In such a small class, we get a lot of opportunities to interact with attending physicians and they are always happy to have medical students be involved in whatever they are interested in. I was able to secure a mentor within the first week of medical school and this mentor has been someone that I still regularly keep in contact with and who has played a big role in guiding me with my career choices."