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Can my significant other find a place to work?

We realize that for many fellows a move to Rochester, Minnesota, is highly dependent on the ability to secure employment or a position for someone close to them. Rochester is a growing city with a population exceeding 100,000. Mayo Clinic is one of the top employers in the region.

Other major employers include IBM, the Rochester school system, and the local hotel and restaurant industry. The density of information technology infrastructure in the region makes Rochester an ideal environment for telecommuting. Professional services and light manufacturing also are prominent components of the workforce.

There are several institutions of higher learning in the area, as well as different school systems that serve K-12, both public and private. The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which comprise a major metropolitan area, are within 80 minutes by car. Mayo's program maintains an informal network of significant others and family members in the various arenas noted above to assist and guide new members to our community.

What is the work-life balance?

Work-life balance is highly influenced by the nature of the people with whom you work. The esprit de corps is particularly rich within Mayo's residency program and one of the most cited positives at the end of the year. Over 90 percent of interns are moving to Rochester from elsewhere and all are looking for friends and people with whom they want to spend time.

Many trainees at Mayo Clinic choose to purchase a home because the cost of living is relatively low. Approximately 30 percent of trainees are single, 30 percent are involved in a serious relationship, and 40 percent are married. Approximately 25 percent have children. All have been selected because of the richness they will add to the community and their ability to bring out the best in those around them. It is no surprise that residents develop some of their closest friendships with one another.

Similarly, the size of the institution and number of other educational programs attract to Rochester a wide variety of people throughout the world. Mayo has more than 1,900 residents, fellows, medical and postgraduate students in Rochester. Numerous activities are organized to allow kindred spirits to find each other.

What do residents do outside of work?

For a relatively small city, Rochester and its environs offer a surprising breadth of cultural, recreational and educational activities. The following three websites give an overview of the community, and many additional opportunities are listed below.




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