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Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreas (Minnesota)

Mayo Clinic Health Equity Elective

Thank you for your interest in the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Subspecialty Surgery Rotation and Health Equity Elective at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The aim of this clerkship rotation is to provide medical students with a fully supported four-week experience sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Medical students rotating during their final year are eligible for the rotation.

The goal of the clerkship is to diversify the pipeline of trainees interested in academic subspecialty surgery, particularly for those interested in Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery and/or Surgical Oncology. Furthermore, the program aims to promote health equity and inclusion across our institution and academic subspecialty surgery. We believe this experience will provide medical students with mentorship opportunities by internationally renowned faculty as they look to apply for residency and fellowships as well as exposure to complex abdominal surgery and an academic surgical practice.

Rotation experience

  •  Trainees will rotate on an HPB/Surgical Oncology service at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and will be expected to be an integral member of the team. This includes, but is not limited to, rounding on inpatients, seeing consults, participating in surgical procedures, and attending clinic. Medical students will be paired with a fellow or resident.
  • Awardees will be expected to attend division and departmental education conferences.
  • Awardees will be matched with an attending mentor in the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery division who will be available to help mentor the learner on applications for residency or fellowship, even after completion of their rotation.
  • Medical students will have the opportunity to learn about basic sciences and/or clinical research opportunities during their rotation and additional mentorship opportunities will be made available for interested learners.

Rotation options

One-month (four-week) rotations during the 2022-2023 academic year (see timeline below).

Rotation will consist of exposure to four weeks of subspecialty HPB surgery practice. The learner schedule will mirror that of our HPB Surgery Clinical Fellow. Learners will attend scheduled HPB Division operative cases, clinics, and didactics. Dedicated weekly mentor meetings with either Dr. Warner or Dr. Thiels will also take place to ensure adequate support and to adjust to any unmet learning needs.


Trainees accepted into the program are eligible to receive the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery - Health Equity Scholarship.


  • Learners must demonstrate commitment to health equity, diversity, and/or inclusion.
  • Medical students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. medical school and be eligible to rotate during their final year.
  • In select cases, if learners are unable to be approved for a clinical rotation, they may be allowed to rotate as an observer.

Award timeline

The application opens March 1, 2023, and will remain open throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.

Application process

All candidates are required to submit an application through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO), you will be expected to submit:

  1. CV. Learners are asked to submit their CV.
  2. Personal statement. Learners are asked to submit in a cover letter format, a brief 1-page or less summary of current and past training experience, future goals, and how you believe a rotation in HPB surgery will benefit you.
  3. Letter of recommendation. Learners are asked to submit a letter of recommendation from a physician or institutional official.

The submission of the clerkship application and acceptance for a medical student rotation at Mayo Clinic does not guarantee being awarded the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery - Health Equity Scholarship.

For additional information on the admissions and application process, please visit the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program website.

Award notification

Medical student awardees will be notified by May 1 the same year of rotation.

Questions: Please contact with questions.