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Graduate medical education in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Mayo Clinic

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As a resident in the three-year Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, you have the opportunity to learn how to provide high-value care to our local population and seamless coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions. Since 1921, over 700 residents have completed our program.

Mayo Clinic is a major tertiary referral center, seeing more than 50,000 children from our region and all over the world every year. At Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, more than 260 physicians with pediatric expertise offer care in over 70 specialty programs and clinics to children and adolescents.

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency

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Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency

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Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical and educational resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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Siobhan Pittock, M.B.,B.Ch.


The Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Every resident who has successfully completed the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency has been eligible for American Board of Pediatrics certification.

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

What is the patient mix?

Almost 80% of our patients (inpatient and outpatient) come from the local region, with 40% of all patients on government-assisted healthcare. Rochester itself has a really diverse immigrant population with large concentrations of people from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. There are over 80 languages spoken by children in our public school system.

Mayo Clinic residents develop expertise in caring for typical pediatric disorders in their continuity clinic, in specialty clinics, and in the hospital. In addition, Mayo Clinic is seen as a destination for patients with complex disorders and diagnostic dilemmas so as a resident you will have some limited exposure to patients with very rare and unusual disorders.

How are teams structured?

All faculty are salaried at Mayo Clinic — there are no private physicians and no private patients. Residents are involved in the care of the vast majority of pediatric patients.

In continuity clinic and in the hospital, the resident is the primary physician for their patient. On inpatient rotations, one to two interns are paired with a senior resident and an attending.

In continuity clinic, each resident has their own panel of patients and is responsible for the longitudinal care of their patients. Residents are not expected to follow up on clinic test results while on busy inpatient services. We have a system whereby co-residents from the same group function like partners in a group practice and follow up on remaining messages/test results for each other while in clinic.

While on inpatient or outpatient specialty rotations, residents typically work one-on-one with an attending. All services are faculty, not fellow-led.

Can residents rotate outside of Rochester?

Residents sometimes choose to rotate outside of Rochester. Mayo Clinic has structured arrangements with children’s hospitals in Arizona and Florida where residents can travel to gain alternative experiences.

For those who are interested in exploring community practice, a variety of experiences are available through Mayo Clinic Health System (a network of smaller regional clinics and hospitals). Transportation, lodging, and licensure are all provided.

International electives are also very popular among our residents, usually through the Mayo International Health Program. This program is always pursued by those residents in our global health track but participation in this track is not a requirement.

Scholarships are provided which typically cover the cost of transportation and lodging.

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