Share on:

Pathologists' Assistant Internship (Minnesota)

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a two-month Pathologists' Assistant Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The internship provides students a clinical rotation site with primary emphasis on autopsy. While national autopsy rates have declined, Mayo Clinic Rochester averages more than 500 forensic and hospital autopsy cases per year. Students will participate in evisceration, prosection, slide review and written documentation of autopsy findings.

Pathologists' Assistant interns will also rotate through Mayo Clinic's unique frozen section labs at Saint Marys and Rochester Methodist hospitals. Interns will be exposed to the gross and microscopic examination of complex surgical specimens. Students will also spend time in the Hilton Gross Cutting Laboratory where they will handle cardiovascular and liver explant specimens.

Affiliated institution

To complete the Pathologists' Assistant Internship at Mayo School of Health Sciences, you must have completed the first year of Quinnipiac University's Master of Health Science - Pathologists' Assistant Program. For more information or to enroll in this program, please contact:


Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.


Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is one of the largest clinical laboratories in the world. Approximately 1,600 people work in over 40 specialty laboratories. Mayo Clinic performs more than 13 million tests each year. A highly skilled team of pathologists, physicians, scientists, clinical laboratory scientists, clinical laboratory technicians, biologists, chemists, geneticists and other specialists performs lab work. Patient specimens for testing come from Mayo Clinic, as well as clinics and hospitals throughout the world.

The wide repertoire of test services, the high volume of specimens we receive for testing, and our diverse and highly educated faculty make us an ideal educational setting for students in clinical laboratory science training programs.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester comprises an extensive outpatient complex, two hospitals, and research and education facilities. It is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Pathologists' Assistant Internship, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include Monday through Friday with occasional weekends. Hours may vary by rotation.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 12 students to its Pathologists' Assistant Internship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Two students participate in the program at a time, and new students begin every two months. This ensures you will receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

  • June 7, 2012
  • ART877108