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Wellness Initiatives

Mayo Clinic internal medicine residents playing volleyball

At Mayo Clinic, your physical and mental health is our priority. As a trainee, you’ll experience a robust wellness curriculum that includes monthly core lectures on topics related to health, wellness, personal finance and resiliency, as well as regularly scheduled wellness activities and events.

You’ll also have access to:

  • Free catered lunch daily, residency workroom coffee machine, cakes for residents working terminal call shifts, and #WellnessWednesday breakfasts.
  • Panels discussing career planning, fellowship application advice, microaggressions in the workplace, and joy in medicine.
  • Resident-led meditation sessions, concert series, and volunteer events.
  • Wellness eNewsletter, with narrative medicine stories from current residents and faculty.
  • Multiple fitness challenges each year, with broad participation by all residents and the residency leadership team, with prizes that help motivate (first choice of rotation schedules, extra pager-free days, gift cards, and workout equipment).
  • The Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility on both campuses (downtown and at Saint Marys).
  • Prioritization of trainee physical and mental health care, including time off clinical duties to attend appointments.
  • Access to free counseling services through Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

Trainees taking a yoga class at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Trainees have access to the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC), which is located on both Mayo Clinic campuses (downtown and Saint Marys) in Rochester, Minnesota. This state-of-the-art fitness facility offers basic classes (including free weights, stretching, cardio, and more), drop-in classes, evaluation services, group training, virtual personal training, and virtual wellness coaching.

Membership to the DAHLC is available at a low cost to trainees and their families through payroll deduction.

Groups on campus

Several groups on campus help you connect with other fellows and their families, such as the Mayo Fellows Association, the Mayo Families' Connection, and Mayo Employee Resource Groups.Several groups on campus help you connect with other fellows and their families, such as the Mayo Fellows Association, the Mayo Families' Connection, and Mayo Employee Resource Groups. These groups help enhance your training by providing and organizing wellness initiatives and social activities.

Workshops for spouses and significant others are also available.


Cardiovascular diseases fellow works on a computer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.The Student Services office provides resources to promote academic, emotional, social, cognitive, financial, and physical well-being. Career and academic services include academic advising, peer tutoring, and accommodations for learners with disabilities or health conditions. Mental health services, counseling, interview practice, and a variety of enrichment sessions on topics like budgeting, resiliency, and stress and burn-out are also available through the Student Services office.