Frequently Asked Questions
Do Mayo Medical School students have opportunities for hands-on patient care experience?
Yes. From the first week, students in Mayo Medical School have opportunities to work alongside physicians in the clinical setting. Immediate immersion in the clinical setting including direct, supervised patient care experience is one of the hallmarks of the Mayo Medical School curricular design.Back to top
Do Mayo Medical School students have the opportunity to gain technical skills in medicine?
Yes. Completion of the Procedural and Clinical Skills Acquisition course includes required documentation of the performance of more than 30 specific procedures. There is also a required emergency department rotation. In post-graduation questionnaires, students say they were technically well-prepared for internship and residency.Back to top
Does Mayo Medical School utilize a problem-oriented learning model?
Major courses in the first two curricular years include both lecture and problem-based modalities. Major segments of many other curricular courses use the problem-based model. Small-group format is the rule, with faculty facilitators helping to direct students' independent learning.Back to top
What kind of grading system is used at Mayo Medical School?
During the first two years of the curriculum, grading is based on a system of Pass, Pass With Remediation, or Fail in an effort to promote collaboration and team learning and to discourage competition among peers.
Core clerkships, typically completed in the third year of the curriculum, and the required medicine subinternship are graded using a system of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Pass With Remediation, or Fail.
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Do students at Mayo get to see 'regular medicine,' or is it all referral practice?
Yes. In addition to being a national and international resource for medical care, the majority of the residents of Rochester, and Olmsted County, Minn., and much of the surrounding region see a Mayo Clinic physician as their primary care provider.
The Department of Family Medicine plays an active role in the education of students. Clinical experiences in the Rochester or Kasson, Minn., family medicine clinics provide exposure to common medical problems.
Students also have opportunities to spend time under the guidance of a family medicine preceptor in rural practices near Rochester. Internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatric and obstetric basic clerkships are strongly weighted toward community care as well.
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How do students utilize the Mayo campuses in Arizona and Florida?
The curriculum allows significant opportunity for students to obtain off-campus experiences in various fields of interest at the Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester.
First- and second-year students have the opportunity to obtain selective experience off-campus. Third-year students have the opportunity to complete core clerkship rotations at the three campuses. Fourth-year students can complete the entire year in Arizona or Florida with the exception of the three-week intersession in March.
In the past academic year, 37 third-year students completed 80 clerkship rotations in Arizona and Florida, and 12 fourth-year students completed 76 clerkship weeks in Arizona and Florida.
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How many Mayo medical students stay at Mayo Clinic for their residencies?
Approximately 40 percent of our graduates are chosen for a Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education program. More than 20 percent of the graduates of Mayo Medical School are on staff at a Mayo institution. Three of the last four presidents of the Mayo Clinic staff are graduates of Mayo Medical School.Back to top
What opportunities for employment are there for significant others?
There are two major employers in Rochester (Mayo Clinic and IBM) providing a wide range of career opportunities. Many smaller technology and service businesses also flourish in the community.Back to top