Education and Training

In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, education focuses on integrating programs and opportunities to deliver training to future health care providers. Such education creates a knowledgeable team equipped to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while increasing the efficiency of the delivery system.

Our team takes a comprehensive approach to developing specialized knowledge, methods and curriculums for integrating health care delivery science into Mayo's teaching to educate health care providers and patients about new tools, decision-support aids and applications implemented in clinical practice. Ongoing implementation research explores the systematic adoption of educational and clinical interventions to enhance effectiveness.

Programs for medical professionals

Lectures, mentored experiences, presentations and courses in health care delivery are available via:

  • Residencies and fellowships. Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education has more than 1,500 trainees and offers more than 270 programs in virtually every medical specialty. When appropriate, these programs include a health care delivery rotation or component tailored to the specialty.
  • Scholars program. The scholars programs are the center's new and innovative approach to training clinicians in health care delivery research through a one- to three-year heavily mentored training program. Didactic course work is drawn from the curriculum in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), while the hands-on mentoring and training comes from mentors within the center.

    Through interactions across different tracks — Population Health Science, Surgical Outcomes, Health Care Systems Engineering and Patient-Centered Outcomes — the scholars are exposed to secondary data analysis, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, and various statistical and data-modeling techniques. Successful scholars are competitive for additional career development awards (both internal and external), such as the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program.

  • Interns and fellows. The center supports a number of interns and fellows (graduate and postgraduate) with a goal of providing educational opportunities for highly qualified and motivated students.

  • Clinician-Investigator Training Program. The Clinician-Investigator Training Program provides two years of mentored research training for individuals in a Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education clinical residency or fellowship. Several positions are available in the program each year, with health care delivery as a focus area for one or two investigators each year.
  • Graduate courses. Mayo Graduate School provides advanced scientific training in biomedical research. Scientific courses, conferences, seminars and journal clubs offer training in how the biological sciences support and enhance health care delivery. In addition, the center is creating a new health care delivery curriculum.
  • Medical school courses. By integrating health care delivery concepts into its curriculum, Mayo Medical School educates and prepares medical students to be physician leaders who are able to blend this science into their chosen area of practice.

    Mayo Clinic created an Arizona branch of Mayo Medical School, at which all students will complete a specialized master's degree in the science of health care delivery concurrently with their medical degree. Mayo Medical School — Arizona Campus is believed to be the first medical school to offer this type of master's program.

  • Education collaboration. The center partners with the Arizona State University (ASU) College of Health Solutions to offer students and staff the opportunity to formally study health care delivery through the ASU School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ASU also recently relocated its Department of Biomedical Informatics to Mayo's Scottsdale campus, enabling ASU students to work alongside Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists to improve health care delivery through biomedical informatics research and applications.
  • Continuous professional development courses. Through hundreds of courses, both live and Web based, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development weaves health care delivery management and execution into its comprehensive selection of clinical, surgical and research courses.
  • Grand Rounds. On a regular basis, our center leaders and invited guest speakers give presentations at Grand Rounds that provide exceptional education value to others in the area of health care delivery. These video presentations are available to medical professionals, students, patients and others in the Medical Professional Video Center.
  • Publications. Our team lectures and publishes extensively on topics related to health care delivery. This method of education is an effective venue for our experts to share their knowledge with health care providers around the world. Other Mayo Clinic publications for medical professionals offer insights on the applications of health care delivery into virtually all areas of practice.


For more information about the education and training programs in the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, please contact us.