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Admissions and Application Process

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Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education does not accept independent applications for the Clinician Investigator Training Program. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) which includes the Internal Medicine Residency program in Minnesota. (NRMP code 1328140C1)

Three positions are available on a competitive basis in Mayo Clinic's Clinician Investigator Training Program each year. Applicants need to have exceptional academic qualifications and be willing to devote the time and effort required to become competent clinicians as well as researchers.

Additional interviews with faculty and potential mentors, subspecialty program directors, and current clinician investigator trainees will be scheduled during the residency, clinician investigator training program, and fellowship interview process.

Internal Medicine match track

For Internal Medicine trainees, the Clinician Investigator Training Program integrates rigorous clinical training in internal medicine and subspecialty training along with training in research. The Clinician Investigator Training Program in Internal Medicine is two to three years in duration.

Medical students (M.D. students and M.D.-Ph.D. students) and international medical graduates who apply through the National Resident Matching Program process for a research track in internal medicine and match into the clinician investigator track are considered for three types of training in this integrated program.

  1. Residency training in internal medicine of two to three years, depending on the type of clinician investigator research track (for example, American Board of Internal Medicine-type pathway)
  2. Research training of two to three years that can begin during residency and continue for a period of time prior to entering a subspecialty fellowship
  3. Subspecialty fellowship training (length depends on subspecialty)

For this track, three positions are available annually.

Mayo Clinic internal residents

PGY-2 Internal Medicine track

This track provides an opportunity for research training for individuals who decide to pursue research later in their careers — that is, the decision for such training is made during the residency rather than during medical school.

Therefore, residents apply for this track in the late summer/early fall of their PGY-2 year for a two-year clinician investigator supported research appointment in the subspecialty of their choice. This clinician investigator research training begins at the end of the PGY-3 year in internal medicine and before the commencement of the clinical subspecialty fellowship training.

There are two positions available for this track annually.

For residents in other specialties

In all other subspecialty training programs besides internal medicine, residents can apply to the Clinician Investigator Training Program typically during the second to the fifth year of their clinical training program.

There are four positions available for this track annually.