It's an exciting time to practice medicine! The Mayo Clinic Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency team wants to share our enthusiasm with you. Our primary value, "The needs of the patient come first," serves as a compass for all we do.
Our goal as a program is to take a group of diverse individuals with a shared passion for children and help each trainee develop into a world-class pediatrician. We view all of our trainees as potential future leaders in their chosen areas of interest. Our program serves as the launching pad for your career.
After completing our program, you are both qualified and well-prepared to provide the highest-quality medical care to pediatric patients and/or to pursue an academic career in medical investigation and education.
Don't take my word for it — here are things our residents tell us that they appreciate most about this program:
- Flexibility. We offer multiple electives each year (including two in the PL-1 year), which allows individuals to adapt their training to meet their particular needs and greatly aids in making decisions for those who are interested in fellowship training. Many trainees take advantage of an international health experience. The Mayo International Health Program provides funding support for educational opportunities around the globe.
- Friendly and approachable staff. Residents work directly with staff physicians every day. The structure of our program allows us to get to know each other very well, and this leads to a very friendly and collegial atmosphere in which to work and learn. We have more than 100 pediatric and adolescent physician specialists in more than 40 specialty areas who provide world-class care and want to share their skills with you. Also, the program leaders work frequently with residents and seek out input for improving the program.
- Opportunities for scholarship. Our residents have ample opportunities and support to engage in scholarship. Some even choose to use up to three elective months for research activities. Check out our resident bios — you'll be amazed by what they've accomplished. This work has led many residents to travel and present (supported by Mayo) at regional, national and even international locations. This experience gives our residents a competitive edge when applying for fellowships or jobs.
- High board pass rate. Over the past 10 years, 93 percent of our residents have passed the boards on their first attempt. We had a five-year stretch where everyone passed on their first attempt. We train you well, and our board pass rate is just one indication.
Family- and life-friendly location. While southeastern Minnesota may not seem like the most cosmopolitan place to live, Rochester and the surrounding communities offer safe and affordable quality of life on a competitive residency stipend with very short commute times. For those with families, the community is full of opportunities for children (young and old), and the educational offerings are excellent.
Outdoor activities abound in all four distinct seasons, and we haven't lost a trainee to frostbite yet! The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are a short drive away — many residents make day or weekend trips regularly — and Rochester has an international airport that will take you wherever you might want to go on a well-earned vacation without the hassles of long security lines and packed parking ramps.
- Outstanding patients to work with and learn from. As a major tertiary referral center, Mayo sees children from all over the world who come here for expert opinion. You'll learn how to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide care for children with complex problems. You'll also have ample opportunities to learn "bread-and-butter" pediatrics as you help care for the children of Rochester and the surrounding areas in the hospital, emergency department and newborn nursery, and as part of your continuity clinic, where you truly are the primary care provider.
I'm not only the director of this outstanding residency program but also am proud to say that I'm a product of this program. I know what it's like to be a resident at Mayo Clinic, and I want to share that unique and rewarding experience with you.
- Jason (Jay) H. Homme, M.D.
- Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency Program Director
Aug. 25, 2014