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Physician and trainee complete a patient exam

Mayo Clinic's Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program offers students a broad array of elective clinical rotations that foster growth of medical knowledge through direct patient care experiences. The program provides elective clinical rotations for over 600 participating medical students each year. The hands-on experiences and rewards that visiting students receive are many and diverse.

As a visiting medical student at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, you become an active member of a medical team that sees patients from around the world with a wide spectrum of common and rare diseases. As a team member, you participate in teaching rounds and conferences with outstanding physicians representing all medical and surgical specialties and eminent scientists in basic research.

For clinical services, you're assigned to a resident who provides instruction and supervises your patient care duties. Visiting medical students learn clinical decision-making skills at the largest medical group practice in the world through hands-on experience, which includes taking patient histories, performing physical examinations, and assisting in the operating room and with other procedures.

During your clerkship, you'll interact with Mayo faculty every day, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and experience why Mayo Clinic is an international leader in academic and clinical medicine.

You'll also meet and interact with residency program directors and participate in educational activities at one of the largest residency training institutions in the nation, with more than 30,500 alumni worldwide.

Physician and trainee examine scans on the computer

Clerkship evaluations

As a visiting medical student, you remain registered at your own medical school while participating in the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program. You are not officially enrolled as a student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Upon completion of a clerkship, an electronic performance evaluation will be sent back to your medical school. You must provide a complete email address for the person to whom the evaluation should be sent.

Faculty will complete your Mayo electronic evaluation form. They will not complete non-Mayo evaluation forms.

Graduate training at Mayo Clinic

During your clerkship, you may explore postgraduate training opportunities. Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education offers more than 300 residency and fellowship programs that span every medical and surgical specialty, as well as postdoctoral research and clinician-investigator programs. Mayo faculty members are happy to discuss these opportunities with visiting medical students.

You may wish to apply for your clerkship at a campus that offers graduate training in your field of interest.

Graduate trainees examining specimens under microscopes in the lab