Randy Schekman, Ph.D., who was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, spoke at Mayo Graduate School's 25th anniversary celebration in 2014.
"There are two objects of medical education: To heal the sick, and to advance the science." — Dr. Charles H. Mayo (1865-1939)
The Mayo brothers were deeply committed to advancing the science of medicine through biomedical research. As early as 1915, Mayo Clinic began preparing candidates for master's and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences, with the first Ph.D. degree in biochemistry awarded in 1917.
Early degrees were granted through an affiliation with the University of Minnesota, which ended in 1983 when Mayo Clinic became an independent degree-granting institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program, which is offered in collaboration with Mayo Medical School, was established in 1986 as an M.D.-Ph.D. training program. In 1989, Mayo Graduate School began independently conferring master's and Ph.D. degrees.
Over the years, Mayo Graduate School has expanded its footprint beyond Rochester, Minnesota, to include Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida.
In addition, the school has created exceptional research experiences for diverse learners through three research programs: