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Research, Teaching, and Service Opportunities

You have the opportunity to participate in scholarly projects during your Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency, ranging from laboratory, clinical, translational, or quality-improvement research. 

The Rochester Epidemiology Project is also a unique resource for resident epidemiologic research projects. Many Mayo Clinic pediatric residents complete several scholarly projects during their training, resulting in publications and national or international presentations.

Mayo Clinic provides up to 10 travel days each year and expense reimbursement for all abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentations at national meetings and some international meetings.

Clinical and translational research training

Mayo Clinic provides a variety of services to all Mayo investigators and study teams. Learn more about opportunities in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS).

For those residents who wish to pursue very extensive research during their training, we can support a variety of pathways including the ABP-approved Integrated and Accelerated Research Pathways, along with the Clinician Investigator Training Program and the NIH-funded StARR program.

The Clinician-Investigator Training Program is an integrated, comprehensive educational experience for trainees interested in pursuing a research-based career within a robust clinical practice and allows trainees pursuing fellowship to start their fellowship-related research during residency.

Mayo Clinic is also the recipient of a prestigious NIH StARR award which funds both training in research and research for one to two years for up to one pediatric resident per year.

Textbooks and journals

Each resident receives a subscription to New England Journal of Medicine Resident 360, The Harriet Lane Handbook, and the latest edition of Pediatrics Board Review. In addition, each PGY-3 resident receives a subscription to a MedStudy question bank.

Teaching opportunities

You are responsible for teaching Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students and visiting senior medical students through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures. Formal instruction in teaching skills is included in the Residents as Teachers curriculum and annual resident retreats. 

Service opportunities

During the residency, there are ample opportunities for providing community service for area children:

  • Salvation Army Good Samaritan Health Clinic. This Rochester-based clinic seeks to provide short-term medical care or appropriate referrals or both at no cost to clients who meet certain eligibility guidelines. Essential services focus on assessment, evaluation, and basic screening for medical problems.
  • Community service project. You can participate in a community needs assessment and work on a project targeted toward those needs. You work directly with community resources, including Head Start, the public school system, child protective services, and the Olmsted County Health Department. Community projects have become a springboard into opportunities for scholarly activity.
  • Alternative Learning Center (ALC). You will participate in serving to meet the healthcare needs of at-risk youth in a high school-based health clinic.

Supplemental opportunities

In addition to usual vacation time, you are allotted up to 10 days each year to present at regional, national, or international meetings. You may also attend one national meeting or conference during your residency with expenses covered by the program.

Committee assignments

You have the opportunity to gain experience in a number of administrative capacities. For example, you may choose to serve on the residency program evaluation (curriculum) committee, the wellness committee, the social media committee, or represent your peers on the department diversity committee or outside the institution as an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) delegate.