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For the majority of the residency, you provide patient care in various clinical sites across Mayo Clinic in Arizona under the mentorship of core faculty.

Mentors collaborate with you in clinical interpretation, treatment planning, decision-making, communications, and other issues of patient management in examination, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and outcomes related to care of the geriatric patient.

You are responsible for approximately 70 percent productivity with a caseload limited to geriatric clients. Additionally, your schedule includes 12 hours each week for didactic education and study, report preparation, literature review, research, and so on.

Didactic training

The education portion of the residency features:

  • A curriculum plan aligned with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) description of specialty practice in geriatrics, meeting specifically defined competencies.
  • Specific clinical topics that are presented to residents in a formal and concise manner prepared in four-hour modules. Each topic may be presented in a unique and appropriate method to provide optimal learning with a related outcome to demonstrate competency and learning.
  • Completion of a terminal project.
  • A requirement to pass written and clinical examinations at prescribed intervals.


Residents rotate through several of the Mayo Clinic Hospital departments, including acute care (critical care, transplant and oncology) and hospital-based outpatient and acute rehabilitation services. The resident also rotates at Mayo Clinic Family Medicine — Arrowhead.

In addition, the resident is required to practice in Rochester, Minn., for several weeks for participation in skilled nursing and retirement community-based outpatient and home health settings. ABPTS-certified faculty members serve as primary mentors in each of these sites.


The program provides funding for the resident to attend one national conference approved by the program director.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • Dec 20, 2013
  • ART336207