Frequently Asked Questions
Can my significant other find a place to work?
We realize that for many fellows a move to Rochester, Minnesota, is highly dependent on the ability to secure employment or a position for someone close to them. Rochester is a growing city with a population exceeding 100,000. Further growth is expected through the Destination Medical Center project.
Mayo Clinic is one of the top employers in the region. Other major employers include IBM, the Rochester school system, and the local hotel and restaurant industry. The density of information technology infrastructure in the region makes Rochester an ideal environment for telecommuting. Professional services and light manufacturing also are prominent components of the workforce.
There are several institutions of higher learning in the area, as well as different school systems that serve K-12, both public and private. Mayo's program maintains an informal network of significant others and family members in the various arenas noted above to assist and guide new members to our community.
The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which comprise a major metropolitan area, are within 80 minutes by car.
What is the work-life balance?
Work-life balance is highly influenced by the nature of the people with whom you work. The esprit de corps is particularly rich within Mayo Clinic and is one of the most cited positives at the end of the program. Over 90 percent of Mayo's trainees are moving to Rochester from elsewhere, and all look forward to meeting people, making new friends and spending time with them.
Many trainees at Mayo Clinic choose to purchase a home because the cost of living is relatively low. Approximately 30 percent are single, 30 percent are involved in a serious relationship, and 40 percent are married. Approximately 25 percent have children. All have been selected because of the richness they will add to the community and their ability to bring out the best in those around them. It is no surprise that residents develop some of their closest friendships with one another.
Similarly, the size of the institution and number of other educational programs attract a wide variety of people from around the world. Mayo has more than 2,000 residents, fellows, and medical and postgraduate students in Rochester. Numerous activities are organized to allow kindred spirits to find each other.
What do residents do outside of work?
For a relatively small city, Rochester and its environs afford a surprising breadth of cultural, recreational and educational activities. The following four websites give an overview of the community, and many additional opportunities are listed below.
- Choral Arts Ensemble
- Rochester Symphony
- Riverside Concerts
- Harmony for Mayo, a weekly concert series sponsored by Mayo Clinic
- Rochester Civic Theatre Company
- Rochester Repertory Theatre
- Commonweal Theatre Company (nearby Lanesboro)
- Goonie's Comedy Club
- Rochester Art Center, offering both museum and education opportunities
- Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC)
- Rochester Athletic Club (thought to be one of the largest health clubs in North America)
- Rochester YMCA
- Extensive biking and hiking trails
- Golf — public and private (including the world-class Somerby Golf Club)
- Local clubs — running, triathlon, bicycling, chess, tae kwon do, cross-country and downhill skiing
- Local leagues — soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, volleyball, table tennis, kickball, cricket, broomball, ultimate Frisbee
- Spectator sports, including:
- Dance — ballroom, salsa, belly dancing
- University of Minnesota Rochester
- Rochester Community and Technical College
- Extensive offerings through the community education program
- Minnesota Children's Museum
- Oxbow Park (nearby zoo)
- J.E.T.S. Gymnastics
- Rochester Figure Skating Club
- Bounce World
- Quarry Hill Nature Center
- Rochester Public Library
- Dance — multiple dance studios
- Swimming — lessons and teams