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Career Development

Career Development

Periodic meetings with faculty members and the program directors are scheduled to discuss the achievement of each resident's professional goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its faculty from its own training programs. Upon successful completion of the Internal Medicine Residency, career opportunities may be available at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the regional Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic in Florida or Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Graduate outcomes

Educational Programs

The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. The Mayo residency program has been fully accredited by the ACGME with a 10-year accreditation cycle (the maximum). The ACGME has acknowledged the program's reputation for excellence in residency education and for creative education models by including it in the Educational Innovations Program (EIP), which trains residents to practice medicine in the health care system of the future. Every resident who has successfully completed Mayo's Internal Medicine Residency has been eligible for American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification.

Ninety-eight percent of Mayo's internal medicine residents have passed the ABIM examinations on their first attempt (most recent three-year rolling average), and the average score has been consistently in the upper decile nationally. Mayo Clinic in Rochester enjoys one of the highest board pass rates of any internal medicine residency program in the country.

Two-thirds of Mayo Clinic in Rochester's graduates have historically entered subspecialty training. Graduates pursuing subspecialty careers will find that Mayo's reputation opens the door to opportunities for fellowship training at the most prestigious and competitive programs. See a list of fellowship programs of recent Mayo graduates.


At the conclusion of one's Internal Medicine Residency training, an individual may wish to continue graduate medical education training within the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. If so, a number of fellowships are available on a competitive basis.

General medicine fellowships

Educational Programs

Mayo pioneered the concept of "specializing" in general internal medicine after completing a three-year internal medicine residency program. Tracks are designed for internists whose career goals include both academic and primary care general internal medicine.

Currently available tracks include:

  • Geriatrics
  • Hospital Internal Medicine (Hospitalist track)
  • Women's Health
  • Academic General Internal Medicine

The curriculum will be customized to suit individual needs and will include these experiences:

  • General internal medicine research
  • Graduate course work in the intellectual disciplines of internal medicine (e.g. clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine)
  • Junior faculty appointments in hospitals and continuity clinics
  • Electives outside of internal medicine (e.g. gynecology, orthopedics, dermatology)
  • Primary care ambulatory practice
  • Research

Subspecialty fellowships

Mayo also offers clinical and academic fellowships in many subspecialties. Most fellowships are three to four years in duration and include one year of research. For more information, see:

Women in internal medicine

With just less than half of the nation's medical school positions currently held by women, the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) estimated that in the decade of 2010, 30 percent of all practicing physicians will be women. For 2013-2014, 38 percent of all applications to our program were from women and more than 46 percent of 2012-2013 Mayo internal medicine residents are women.

LeeAnn McCaffrey, M.D. Women in Medicine Annual Award

This award is given to a graduating third-year female resident for outstanding achievement.

  • July 11, 2014
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