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Clinical training

Through the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, you truly become an expert in ambulatory care. Your clinical training emphasizes the most common problems seen by family physicians in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Family practice center: Cannaday Building

During your residency, you provide continuing care for families in the Jacksonville, Florida, area. You spend a minimum of one half-day a week at the Cannaday clinic during your first year, two half-days a week during your second year, and three to five half-days a week during your third year. This allows you to develop a continuity practice of your own.

Families are assigned to you with the expectation that you provide most of their care during your residency. Patient records are maintained in an electronic medical record, and computer access is provided from each exam room. You are assigned to a medical team that meets weekly and consists of attending physicians, residents, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nurses.

Outpatient: Subspecialty clinics

One of the strengths of our program is the outpatient subspecialty training. During outpatient rotations, you have the opportunity for one-on-one training with many of the nation's leading experts in subspecialty fields. You take required rotations in specialties such as sports medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, orthopedics, medical gynecology and psychiatry.

In most cases, these rotations are in the Davis Building on the Mayo Clinic campus. Other outpatient training includes a community health rotation at the Sulzbacher Center and pediatric ambulatory rotation at the Duval County Health Department. While at these sites, you receive individualized training and have the opportunity to perform or assist with many different procedures.

Inpatient: Mayo Clinic Hospital and Wolfson Children's Hospital

Inpatient medicine training is taught at Mayo Clinic Hospital and Wolfson Children's Hospital. As the admitting resident, you are in charge of the patient's care during the hospital stay. Specialty consulting services are available 24 hours a day, and they provide excellent teaching when they are consulted.

Rotation schedule

The current rotation schedule is:

Rotation Length
Inpatient medicine 4 months
ENT (outpatient) 1 half-month
Night float 1 half-month
Critical care 1 month
Emergency medicine 2 months
Pediatrics (inpatient) 2 months
Obstetrics 1 month
General surgery 1 month
Continuity clinic and family medicine center 1-2 half-days a week
Core didactics and simulation 1 half-day a week
Rotation Length
Inpatient medicine 2 months
Obstetrics 1 month
Cardiology (inpatient) 1 month
Sulzbacher Center 1 month
Pediatric emergency medicine 1 month
Newborn 1 month
Ambulatory clinic 1 month
Orthopedics (outpatient) 1 month
Psychiatry 1 month
Electives 2 months
Continuity clinic and family medicine center 2-4 half-days a week
Nursing home 3 half-days a month
Core didactics and simulation 1 half-day a week
Rotation Length
Inpatient medicine 2 months
Ambulatory clinic 1 month
Pediatrics (ambulatory) 1 month
Sports medicine 1 month
Practice management 1 month
Medical gynecology 1 month
Dermatology 1 month
Pediatric allergy 1 month
Electives 3 months
Continuity clinic and family medicine center 4-5 half-days a week
Nursing home 3 half-days a month
Core didactics and simulation 1 half-day a week


Your elective options are nearly unlimited. Each rotation lasts from two to four weeks, depending on the elective. You may also choose to take an elective rotation at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, or Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Mayo covers the costs of your travel, housing, auto rental and licensure.

Some of your choices include:

  • Advanced obstetrics
  • Allergy (adult)
  • Cardiology (outpatient)
  • Endocrinology
  • International medicine month (by obtaining a Mayo International Health Program scholarship)
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational medicine
  • Palliative medicine
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pulmonary (outpatient)
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep medicine
  • Sports medicine
  • Vascular medicine and wound care clinic
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Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Family Medicine Residency. Behavior medicine is integrated throughout all three years of your training.

The Core Curriculum Seminar is a half-day conference every week that delivers a three-year curriculum of primary care topics. It also includes several procedure training seminars and frequent use of our state-of-the-art Multidisciplinary Simulation Center.

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You are paired with a research adviser who guides you toward the completion of either a poster or an oral presentation at a national or regional medical meeting or a peer-reviewed article (case report, review or original research) during your training. Many faculty members are actively involved in research projects and protocols.

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach visiting medical students, residents from other subspecialties and junior family medicine residents through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures.

Practice board examinations

In preparation for board examinations, you take the In-Training Examination provided by the American Board of Family Medicine once a year.


Moonlighting is permitted for licensed residents beyond the PGY-1 level. Several moonlighting opportunities exist, and some even cater to our residents. Moonlighting should not interfere with required learning and must not violate Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education work-hour rules.


To ensure that you meet Mayo's standards of knowledge and proficiency in technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of your residency by the Clinical Competency Committee. After each clinical rotation, you are evaluated by your supervising faculty member, and at least twice a year you meet with your assigned faculty adviser and the program director to discuss your progress and evaluations.

You meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the residency director to discuss your career goals. Mayo Clinic often recruits staff physicians from its own training programs, so when you successfully complete the Family Medicine Residency, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

Sept. 23, 2014