Mayo International Health Program medical staff in an operating room doing a procedure for a patient.
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Mayo Clinic residents, fellows, and learners may pursue elective rotations in underserved international communities through the Mayo International Health Program. Participants emphasize the lasting and positive impact of their experiences. Serving the needs of the underserved is an important element in training future generations of leaders in academic and clinical medicine.

Those interested in participating in the Mayo International Health Program must be current Mayo Clinic residents, fellows, or learners, and have received approval from their program director or dean. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Mayo International Health Program rotation settings are well-planned and mentored. The program provides up to $3000 in financial support to help defray travel and basic living expenses for those selected to participate.

Experience gained from this program broadens a person's perspective by:

  • Providing valuable hands-on care to underserved patients
  • Promoting awareness of a new culture and experiencing it firsthand
  • Ensuring exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases not usually seen in modern Western medicine
  • Increasing awareness of cost-effective care in a setting of limited resources
  • Improving history and physical examination skills