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2016-2017 fact sheet

The learning community at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes:

  • 156 categorical internal medicine residents and 26 preliminary residents
  • 4 chief medical residents
  • Representatives from 87 medical schools
  • 80 to 100 Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students and 500 visiting student clerks rotating per year
  • More than 2,200 staff physicians and scientists
  • More than 600 internal medicine faculty (no private attendings)

Across Mayo Clinic, there are more than 4,000 residents, fellows, graduate students, medical students and health sciences students.

Patient base and care environment

  • A typical day includes more than 5,700 outpatient visits at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, amounting to more than 1.5 million outpatient visits a year.
  • Equipped with more than 2,000 hospital beds, the Rochester campus sees around 240 daily hospital admissions.
  • Approximately 80 percent of patients are from Minnesota, Iowa or Wisconsin.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, including the emergency department and clinic buildings, are all within walking distance.
  • Mayo Clinic has become an industry leader for electronic medical records, which includes online X-ray viewing.
  • Multiple divisions are ranked in the 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals national top 10 specialty rankings:
    • No. 1 — Diabetes & Endocrinology
    • No. 1 — Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
    • No. 1 — Geriatrics
    • No. 1 — Gynecology
    • No. 1 — Nephrology
    • No. 1 — Neurology & Neurosurgery
    • No. 1 — Pulmonology
    • No. 1 — Urology
    • No. 2 — Cardiology & Heart Surgery
    • No. 2 — Ear, Nose & Throat
    • No. 2 — Orthopedics
    • No. 3 — Cancer
    • No. 4 — Rheumatology

For patient care statistics, see Mayo Clinic Facts.

Residency outcomes

For information about our graduate outcomes, see Career Development.

  • Mayo residents are highly successful in obtaining the fellowship of their choice. Over two-thirds of residents get their first choice in fellowship and over 90 percent match into one of their top-three choices, even in the most competitive subspecialty fellowships.
  • More than 50 percent of Mayo graduates are in academic positions throughout the U.S.
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  • Research funding — the Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine receives millions of dollars in extramural funding, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards, each year. The Department of Internal Medicine ranks very competitively among departments of medicine nationally in NIH funding for research. For information on research, visit the Mayo Clinic research website.
  • More than 6,200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 1,650 reviews and book chapter citations for Department of Internal Medicine faculty during the past three years.
  • Scholarly activity (average per third-year resident) — six to seven projects; four to five abstracts or presentations; two to three peer-reviewed manuscripts published; and two to three more peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted, submitted or in preparation.
  • Residents average approximately four Mayo-sponsored trips for scientific presentation and one trip for attendance per resident during the second and third years.
  • Mayo ranks No. 1 in number of winners nationally in the American College of Physicians Resident Research Competition since inception.
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Program highlights

  • Over three years, residents spend on average about 50 percent of their time in outpatient settings or consults and about 50 percent of their time on inpatient ward services (general medicine and subspecialty). For more information, see Resident Responsibilities.
  • There are 23 inpatient teaching services. All patients on teaching services are cared for by teams of residents and a single supervising attending. There are no private patients or attendings.
  • Of the more than 600 faculty, about 200 are selected to work with residents on the basis of evaluations from the residents.
  • Duty-hour limits: We are fully committed to the ACGME guidelines for duty hours. Interns work no more than 16 hours when on duty. Long call occurs one in four nights on inpatient services for PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. A variety of mechanisms are employed to ensure compliance with the ACGME guidelines. See Resident Responsibilities.
  • On all rotations, residents average at least one day off each week.
  • Each resident completes a three-year curriculum in evidence-based medicine and presents at the Clinical Decision-Making Journal Club as a participant and tutor for interns. See Curriculum.
  • Each resident completes a three-year curriculum in teaching and the science of medical education.
  • Each resident completes a curriculum in quality improvement and change management within the health care system.
  • UpToDate and an extensive array of electronic textbooks are provided to residents. For information on educational conferences and small group teaching sessions, see Education Programs and Resources.
  • Elective opportunities, with travel and housing provided, are available at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida; an international health elective also is available.
  • Consistently updated resident website with quick navigation and access to schedules as well as other information.
  • The Internal Medicine Residents' Council (IMRC), composed of residents selected by their peers, meets monthly with program leadership to continuously improve the program.
  • PGY-1 salary: $53,270. PGY-2 salary: $55,403. PGY-3 salary: $57,695. Salaries effective in July 2016. For more on salaries and benefits, see Compensation and Benefits.
  • Vacation: 15 days a year (three, seven-day blocks).
  • Life Event Days

Recent innovations

  • Increased elective time and opportunities
  • Service capacity caps for medicine services to enhance education and decrease service
  • Regular use of TurningPoint and ResponseWare audience response systems for conferences
  • Electronic curriculum for each rotation (see Education Programs and Resources)
  • Mayo International Health Program, with scholarships of up to $2,500 available for a health care elective rotation in an underserved area
  • Multidisciplinary Simulation Center experiences
  • Intensified airway intubation experience and workshop before the MICU rotation
  • Enhanced electronic access, including personal iPads provided for each resident by the program and computers in each call room
  • Web-based resident evaluation of faculty, rotations, peers and program

Living in Rochester

Rochester, Minnesota, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan midsized city that has the types of restaurants, bars, festivals and arts communities of a large city while maintaining ease of living. For these reasons, Livability named Rochester No. 1 on its 2017 list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. The city has grown tremendously over the last decade and will experience unprecedented growth in the coming years.

Destination Medical Center

The Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, a $5.6 billion public-private partnership, was approved in 2013 to ensure that Mayo Clinic and Rochester remain the pre-eminent medical destination for patients from around the world.

Expansion of arts, entertainment, hospitality and dining are foremost in the DMC plans. As a result, the city will continue to see unprecedented growth over the next several years, while maintaining both Rochester's vibrant nature and its ease of living.

Image of Downtown Rochester, Minnesota

Downtown Rochester, Minnesota

Minnesota quality of life

Minnesota frequently ranks among the states with the highest quality of life because of its high employment, low crime, low cost of living, and substantial investments in education and public works. Moreover, the overall sense of community, inclusion and well-being are intangible reasons why Minnesotans enjoy such a high quality of life.

This is especially true for medical trainees in Rochester. Compared with other top training programs in larger metropolitan areas, Mayo Clinic residents spend very little time commuting to work and can easily afford to live in safe and welcoming communities. At the same time, they have convenient access to high-quality dining, entertainment and services.

Major industries

With more than 34,000 employees, Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in Rochester, though IBM is another major employer. The presence of a world-renowned medical center in the same city as a world-renowned technology company has produced a burgeoning local biotechnology industry that will continue to grow and create more high-skilled jobs.

With several local colleges and a robust public school system, education is the second largest employment sector in Rochester. There is also a large hospitality and retail industry, along with substantial opportunities in agriculture.

Restaurants and bars

Largely due to the abundance of young professionals and the high number of visitors, Rochester has many high-quality restaurants and bars, with dramatic growth and change over the past few years. Several restaurants have been rated among the best in the state, and Rochester boasts a James Beard Award finalist among its chefs.

In addition to a wine bar, a renowned craft cocktail bar and several craft beer bars, Rochester also offers local breweries and several wineries. The expansion of the city as part of the DMC initiative will further accelerate the growing restaurant and bar scene.


There is constant activity in Rochester, including:

There are also minor league baseball and hockey teams.

For those looking for a one-stop shop for things to do in Rochester, 507 Magazine highlights the week's activities, including music, arts, entertainment and festivals.

Thursdays on First & 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd


From classic — like Bob Dylan — to more contemporary artists such as Trampled by Turtles and Chastity Brown, Minnesota has a long tradition of supporting local musicians. Most of these artists include Rochester in their tours. And for regional and national acts, the venues in the Twin Cities are a short drive away.

The Current is a popular independent radio station that is part of Minnesota Public Radio. It is dedicated to providing an eclectic mix of new and local music to the entire Minnesota listening audience.

Locally grown meats and produce

In addition to standard grocery store options, Rochester has one of the state's best-rated farmers market every Saturday and Wednesday, a local butcher shop and the People's Food Co-op, all offering locally grown meats and produce.

For those who want to grow their own vegetables, community garden plots are available.


Rochester has a relatively inexpensive housing market. Whether renting or buying, Mayo Clinic residents are able to afford to live in spacious and safe areas. Rochester was not hit as hard by the housing collapse as other similarly sized cities were, in part due to the high median income and stable employment.

Outdoor activities

For those interested in outdoor activities, Rochester has plenty to offer. From canoeing, hiking and fishing in the summer to cross-country skiing and ice skating in the winter, there's something for everyone.

Rochester has more than 3,500 acres of parkland, including outdoor skating rinks in the winter and a wildlife refuge. There are more than 85 miles of paved trails for walking, running and biking; numerous facilities for tennis, soccer, basketball and other sports; and more than 20 golf courses in the area.

Silver Lake running trail

Silver Lake running trail


Rochester has a well-funded and highly acclaimed public school system with extensive curricular and extracurricular opportunities for all students. There are also many private denominational and nondenominational schools that families may explore. Rochester students' academic performance on state and national levels is outstanding.

Diversity and inclusiveness

Rochester embraces the multicultural makeup of its residents and celebrates its diversity. The relatively large number of international communities in Rochester, along with Minnesota's generally progressive nature, creates a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Mayo Clinic offers Mayo Employee Resource Groups to help support minority groups and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Downtown Rochester, Minnesota

Downtown Rochester, Minnesota

April 28, 2017