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Electives and Other Opportunities

Mayo Clinic Dermatology residents in Minnesota talking in a hallway

Rotations to other Mayo campuses (optional)

Residents may choose to spend one month practicing dermatology at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, or Jacksonville, Florida, during their second or third years. While rotating at the other campuses, residents see patients independently but within a mentored setting.

The elective rotation at the other campuses provides additional outpatient experience in a smaller group practice. Mayo Clinic funds the authorized additional costs of resident travel, housing, car rental, and licensure fees for this rotation.

Electives (optional)

Residents may apply for a one-month elective in an area of interest or use the elective time for research. Elective time is approved based on educational value. A total of one month at non-Mayo sites is permissible.

Mayo International Health Program 
All residents are encouraged to apply for the Mayo International Health Program. Many dermatology residents have received this scholarship. Participation in local dermatology and medical clinics in countries such as Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania provides participants with the opportunity to see unique skin diseases.

Service and professionalism project

Service to patients and the community is an intrinsic part of a physician's role. It fosters personal and professional growth through service to the underserved. Dermatology, traditionally strongly tied to patient service, reaffirms this emphasis through a service requirement for all trainees.

Each resident is required to participate in three service activities each year. Significant projects such as Camp Discovery, Mayo International Health Program, or chief resident include planning, participation, and reporting results. Each significant project counts as completion of three activities.

Service opportunities include administrative functions and patient-focused activities.

Administrative functions include:

  • Chief resident
  • Participation in interview season
  • Graduate education committee representative
  • American Academy of Dermatology committee membership
  • Zumbro Valley Medical Society committee membership

Patient-focused activities include:

Hawthorne Health Services Dermatology Clinic offers free services at Hawthorne Education Center, which provides adult educational services for Latino, Sudanese, Somali, and Cambodian residents of Rochester. Nearly half of these learners do not have health insurance or assistance. The clinic provides free skin cancer screening exams and management of common skin diseases for the Hawthorne learners and their families.

Patch testing
Mayo Clinic physicians with special interests in dermatosis patch test more than 500 patients for suspected allergic contact dermatitis each year. Residents are taught the nuances and interpretation of patch testing.