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Clinical training

Residents in the Internal Medicine Residency enjoy a balanced curriculum and a wealth of educational opportunities. The conference schedule below highlights some of the formal conferences that each resident attends.

The most important teaching and learning involves direct patient care coupled with immediate access to faculty as well as a robust free online library. Our rotation schedule and curriculum span the wealth of diversity in internal medicine and patients cared for by internists.

Highlights of our curriculum include fundamental training that is balanced between inpatient and outpatient settings as well as between general medicine and subspecialty medicine. Each resident has a research or career elective in the first year, which allows direct career and research mentoring to begin formally early in training.

Each resident is directly exposed to each subspecialty area within the first two years of training while having ample elective time to pursue other career-oriented rotations, research or both. Residents are competitive and well-trained for any career path they choose.

In 2016, the Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo's campus in Arizona is launching a Primary Care Track. This track will provide formalized mentorship and a comprehensive outpatient training experience to encourage primary care-oriented residents to pursue careers in the field. Residents in this track will be able to competitively pursue careers in academic general internal medicine practices.

Rotation schedule

Rotation Length

*One month occurs at Maricopa Medical Center.

**Allows one month of supervised career mentoring, planning and research based on needs of intern.

Wards intern* 4 months
Night medicine 2 months
Cardiology 1 month
ICU 1 month
Emergency department 1 month
Geriatrics 1 month
Rheumatology 1 month
Career planning and research** 1 month
Rotation Length
Wards senior 1 month
Cardiology 1 month
Endocrinology 1 month
Neurology 1 month
Hematology 1 month
Nephrology 1 month
Oncology 1 month
Pulmonary 1 month
Gastroenterology 1 month
Electives 1 month
Geriatrics 1 month
Infectious diseases 1 month
Rotation Length
Wards senior 2-3 months
Cardiology 1 month
ICU 1 month
Night medicine and consults 2-3 months
Adolescent or sports medicine (Arizona State University) 1 month
Acute illness (urgent care) 1 month
Allergy and ambulatory medicine 1 month
Electives 1 month


  • Morning Report. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m., led by a chief resident. Staff, interns and residents on hospital rotations attend and discuss interesting cases and associated topics. Morning Report meets twice a month in the Simulation Center.
  • Noon conference. Monday through Friday, noon, attended by staff and all interns and residents on every rotation. Staff physicians lecture on area of expertise in internal medicine, practice or research.
  • Morbidity and mortality. Monthly Department of Internal Medicine conference where interns, residents, fellows and specialty staff discuss one or two cases led by an intern or resident, with expert commentary from various fellows and staff.
  • MERIT. Monthly Department of Internal Medicine evidence-based medicine conference with a clinical question posed and searched by a resident or fellow under the supervision of evidence-based expert staff. Includes questions and answers about evidence-based medicine principles and practice as well as clinical experts on topics.
  • Grand Rounds. Weekly Department of Internal Medicine conference where all staff, fellows, residents and other guests attend, with a variety of intramural and invited expert speakers.
  • ECG conference. Monthly noon conference led by cardiology fellows aimed at teaching residents and students ECG interpretation and pattern recognition.
  • Issues in Medicine. Quarterly conference with all residents and fellows at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona aimed at common issues that cross into all programs.
  • ACP quarterly journal club. Residents and staff participate with other internal medicine programs in the Phoenix area in a social and collegial atmosphere.
  • Journal clubs. Led by staff, intern or resident, from formal to casual settings. Attendance is required if clubs are held during regular work hours on a specific rotation. Attendance is optional if clubs are held in a more casual after-hours setting.
  • Department-specific conferences. Usually led by staff or fellows. Can be topic based, research based or a formal journal club format.
Sept. 21, 2015