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.
600 faculty and 40,000 care providers
3.4 full-time faculty members to every 1 student
234 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 3.4:1 full-time faculty-to-student ratio allows for highly individualized instruction and supervision. Beyond full-time faculty, students have unparalleled access to more than 3,700 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 specific way we help 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.
Soyun (Michelle) Hwang, M.D.
"Mentorship has been the single most powerful force that has enabled me to be where I am today. I can easily recall at least 30 incredible mentors at Mayo who have changed my life for the better and for good."
"My favorite part of the M.D. Program is the boundless opportunities available. I can email anyone — even if we’ve never met — and set up shadowing or research projects. And if they’re busy they’ll forward my request to a colleague who they’ll think can help. The friendliness, availability, and willingness to help of everyone at Mayo is phenomenal."