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2015-2016 fact sheet

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The learning community at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes:

  • 144 categorical Internal Medicine residents and 24 preliminary residents
  • 4 chief medical residents
  • 87 medical schools represented
  • 80 to 100 Mayo medical students and 500 visiting student clerks a year
  • Approximately 2,200 staff physicians and scientists
  • More than 600 internal medicine faculty (no private attendings)

Across Mayo Clinic, there are more than 4,000 residents, fellows, graduate students, medical students and health sciences students.

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Patient base and care environment

  • On a typical day, there are more than 5,700 outpatient visits at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, amounting to more than 1.5 million outpatient visits a year.
  • More than 2,000 hospital beds with approximately 240 daily hospital admissions.
  • Approximately 80 percent of patients are from Minnesota, Iowa or Wisconsin.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, which includes the emergency department, and the clinic buildings are all within walking distance.
  • Industry leader for electronic medical record, which includes online X-ray viewing.
  • Multiple divisions ranked in the 2015-2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals national top 10 specialty rankings:
    • No. 1 — Diabetes and Endocrinology
    • No. 1 — Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
    • No. 1 — Geriatrics
    • No. 1 — Nephrology
    • No. 1 — Neurology & Neurosurgery
    • No. 1 — Pulmonology
    • No. 2 — Cardiology & Heart Surgery
    • No. 3 — Cancer
    • No. 4 — Rheumatology

For patient care statistics, see Mayo Clinic Facts.

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Residency outcomes

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  • 2010-2014 — the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Certification Examination pass rates place Mayo in the top 5 percent of university medical centers in ABIM pass rates, which has been consistent for the last two decades. For information about our graduate outcomes, see Career Development.
  • Resident careers 2003-2015:
    • Allergy — 2 percent
    • Cardiology — 25 percent
    • Endocrinology — 4 percent
    • Gastroenterology — 15 percent
    • General medicine — 11 percent
    • Geriatrics — 1 percent
    • Hematology/oncology — 15 percent
    • Infectious diseases — 4 percent
    • Nephrology — 5 percent
    • Pulmonology — 7 percent
    • Rheumatology — 3 percent
  • Mayo residents are highly successful in obtaining the fellowship of their choice. More than 70 percent have matched to their No. 1 fellowship choice, with more than 94 percent matching to one of their top three ranked fellowship programs.
  • More than 50 percent of Mayo graduates are in academic positions throughout the U.S.
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  • Research funding — the Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine receives millions of dollars in extramural funding, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards, each year. The Department of Internal Medicine ranks very competitively among departments of medicine nationally in NIH funding for research. For information on research, visit the Mayo Clinic research website.
  • More than 6,200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 1,650 reviews and book chapter citations for Department of Internal Medicine faculty during the past three years.
  • Scholarly activity (average per third-year resident) — six to seven projects; four to five abstracts or presentations; two to three peer-reviewed manuscripts published; and two to three more peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted, submitted or in preparation.
  • Residents average approximately four Mayo-sponsored trips for scientific presentation and one trip for attendance per resident during the second and third years.
  • Mayo ranks No. 1 in number of winners nationally in the American College of Physicians Resident Research Competition since inception.
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Program highlights

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  • Over three years, residents spend on average about 50 percent of their time in outpatient settings and about 50 percent of their time on inpatient services. For more information, see Resident Responsibilities.
  • There are 23 inpatient teaching services. All patients on teaching services are cared for by teams of residents and a single supervising attending. There are no private patients or attendings.
  • Of the more than 600 faculty, about 200 are selected to work with residents on the basis of evaluations from the residents.
  • Duty-hour limits: We are fully committed to the ACGME guidelines for duty hours. Interns work no more than 16 hours when on duty. Long call occurs one in four nights on inpatient services for PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. A variety of mechanisms are employed to ensure compliance with the ACGME guidelines. See Resident Responsibilities.
  • On all rotations, residents average at least one day off each week.
  • Each resident completes a three-year curriculum in evidence-based medicine and presents at the Clinical Decision-Making Journal Club as a participant and tutor for interns. See Curriculum.
  • Each resident completes a three-year curriculum in teaching and the science of medical education.
  • Each resident completes a curriculum in quality improvement and change management within the health care system.
  • Up-to-Date and an extensive array of electronic textbooks are provided to residents. An eight-week intensive ABIM Board Review course is incorporated into the program. For information on educational conferences and small group teaching sessions, see Education Programs and Resources.
  • Elective opportunities, with travel and housing provided, are available at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Consistently updated resident website with quick navigation and access to schedules as well as other information.
  • Residents' Council, composed of residents selected by their peers, meets monthly with program leadership to continuously improve the program.
  • PGY-1 salary: $52,483. PGY-3 salary: $56,842. Salaries effective in July 2015. For more on salaries and benefits, see Compensation and Benefits.
  • Vacation: 15 days a year (three seven-day blocks).
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Recent innovations

  • Increased elective time and opportunities; reduction in inpatient-call months
  • Service capacity caps for medicine services to enhance education and decrease service
  • Regular use of TurningPoint audience response system for conferences
  • Electronic curriculum for each rotation (see Education Programs and Resources)
  • Mayo International Health Program, with scholarships of up to $2,500 available for a health care elective rotation in an underserved area
  • Multidisciplinary Simulation Center experiences
  • Intensified airway intubation experience and workshop during pre-internship orientation or during MICU rotation
  • Enhanced electronic access, including personal iPads provided for each resident by the program and computers in each call room
  • Web-based resident evaluation of faculty, rotations, peers and program
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Things to do in Rochester

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  • Rochester and southern Minnesota are home to a variety of cultural activities. Some theatrical and musical opportunities in the area include:
    • Commonweal Theatre
    • Jon Hassler Theatre
    • Rochester Art Center
    • Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble
    • Rochester Civic Music
    • Rochester Civic Theatre
    • Rochester Repertory Theatre Company
    • Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
  • Sports and leisure time in and around Rochester.

A brief sampling of what is available in and around Rochester includes:

  • Recreation leagues for basketball, hockey, football, soccer and softball.
  • Outdoor activities including, but not limited to, biking, hiking, skiing (downhill and cross country), fishing, tennis, hunting, climbing (both indoors and outdoors), sailing and canoeing.
  • Professional and amateur sports: Rochester Honkers baseball, Rochester Ice Hawks hockey, Minnesota Wild hockey, Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vikings football. In addition, there are many opportunities to watch city league, high school and college sporting events.
  • Tours: Forestville/Mystery Cave, Spring Valley caverns (Cave Farm Karst Preserve), Assisi Heights, Mayowood (Olmsted County Historical Society), Heritage House, Plummer House and more. In addition, Amish tours are available just south of Rochester.

Popular getaways include Lake Pepin-Mississippi River (35-minute drive from Rochester); Red Wing, Minn. (45-minute drive from Rochester); and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul (80-minute drive from Rochester). For a more complete listing, please see FAQs.

What do residents do outside of work?

For a relatively small city, Rochester and its environs offer a surprising breadth of cultural, recreational and educational activities. Although the following websites give an overview of the surrounding community, many additional opportunities exist as well:





Volunteer opportunities


  • Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
  • Rochester Athletic Club (one of the largest health clubs in North America)
  • Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC)
  • Rochester Park and Recreation
  • Extensive biking and hiking trails
  • Rochester YMCA
  • Rochester Honkers semi-professional baseball team


  • University of Minnesota, Rochester
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Extensive offerings through the Community Education program

But the best portrayal of what people do outside of work is perhaps more accurately captured by quotes and comments from those within our program when asked, "What do you like to do outside of work?"

  • "Ethnic restaurants — particularly Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Cambodian"
  • "Participate in local musical groups"
  • "Running, biking, rollerblading on the extensive trail system"
  • "Golf" (eight city courses, in addition to Somerby in nearby Byron)
  • "Honkers baseball"
  • "Boating (e.g. sailing, tubing/water-skiing) on the Mississippi River" (35-minute drive)
  • "Concerts down by the river and at the Civic Center"
  • "Hiking and bird-watching on the Mississippi River bluffs"
  • "Participating in local small town festivals"
  • "Canoeing and kayaking the local rivers and lakes"
  • "Visiting the Twin Cities of Minneapolis — St. Paul (80-minute drive) for museums, major and minor league sporting events, restaurants, theater, concerts, etc."
  • "Participating in local sports leagues (e.g. softball, basketball, soccer, hockey)"
  • "Apple picking"
  • "Minnesota Zoo"
  • "Fishing, fly fishing"
  • "Sports bars"
  • "Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, downhill skiing"
  • "Horseback riding"
  • "Photography"
  • "The Minnesota State Fair or Renaissance Festival"
  • "Strawberry picking"
  • "Downhill skiing"
  • "Valleyfair amusement park"
  • "Rock climbing"
  • "Flying lessons"
  • "Ultimate frisbee"
  • "Book clubs"
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  • Aug 31, 2015
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