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Career Development

Photo of Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residents in a meeting

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's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; or the regional Mayo Clinic Health System.

Graduate outcomes

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 Internal Medicine Residency has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with a 10-year accreditation cycle (the maximum).

Every resident who has successfully completed the 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. Residents from Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester enjoy one of the highest board pass rates of any internal medicine residency program in the country.

Historically, two-thirds of graduates from Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester have 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 the Internal Medicine Residency, you may wish to continue postgraduate training within Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. If so, numerous fellowships are available on a competitive basis.

General internal medicine fellowship

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

Available tracks include:

  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Medical education
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Quality improvement
  • Women's health

The curriculum is customized to suit individual needs and includes these experiences:

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

Subspecialty fellowships

Mayo offers dozens of clinical and academic fellowships in many internal medicine subspecialties. Most fellowships are three to four years long and include one year of research.

  • Aug 31, 2015
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