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Diversity and Inclusion

Mayo Clinic internal medicine residents at the Rochester Pride Fest

At Mayo Clinic, we’re committed to recruiting a diverse workforce (including women, underrepresented in medicine, LGBTI, and more) to provide the best care for our diverse community. Our curriculum features integrated didactics, clinical experiences, and advocacy opportunities for our residents:


  • Health inequities and social determinants of health curriculum: Longitudinal lectures, seminars, and discussions facilitated by faculty content experts and residents on health literacy, healthcare coverage and access, effects of implicit bias on treatment decisions, and the impact of social determinants on health outcomes.
  • Cultural competency and anti-racism education: Upstander training empowering individuals to become active participants in creating a safer and more inclusive environment by standing up and intervening when witnessing harassment, discrimination, or violence. Additionally, all trainees undergo implicit bias reflection and training, and our faculty host regular book clubs on topics of immigration, racism, and disparity.
  • Journal Club: Weekly gatherings to discuss and critically appraise current literature on barriers to care, challenges to health equity, and cost-effective medicine.

Clinical experiences

  • Community Paramedic Program: Residents rotate with our local community paramedics and deliver care to patients of broad-ranging complexity in various community settings. Alongside our community teams, residents learn about local resources available to individuals in our county, while also providing health assessments, chronic disease monitoring and education, medication management, and hospital discharge follow-up care.  
  • The Landing Minnesota: Residents conduct general medical evaluations and provide free-of-cost care at Rochester's local shelter for individuals experiencing housing insecurity as they learn about social determinants of health while working with a vulnerable population.
  • Good Samaritan Clinic: Residents work alongside internal medicine faculty serving the underinsured and uninsured population of Rochester as they learn how to provide culturally competent care to a population comprised mainly of individuals with limited English proficiency.

Advocacy opportunities

  • Student National Medical Association and National Medical Association (SNMA): Our program sponsors selected trainees to attend, present, and contribute to recruitment efforts at yearly SNMA conferences to continue to diversity the face of medicine.
  • Rochester Pride: Our residents are offered the opportunity to participate in events through a local organization dedicated to celebrating gender identity and sexual-orientation minority communities alongside their allies.
  • The OUTList: An internal resource fueled by the passion of the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group to cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment. This initiative fosters community, visibility, and mentorship within Mayo Clinic by connecting faculty, staff, and trainees with LGBTI mentors.
  • Women in Medicine: Regularly scheduled events with participation by women leaders across the institution. These have included presentation and attendance at Mayo Clinic's GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Inspiration, & Tenacity) for Women in Medicine conferences each year, social events such as dinners and art classes, and journal clubs. 
Trainees wearing masks and talking around tables