Professional Development

As a Mayo Clinic resident or fellow, you have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of educational experiences designed to enhance your knowledge and skills as well as promote the development of your career.

Career counseling

You receive the benefits of mentoring with a member of the Mayo consulting staff throughout your training program. You meet periodically with faculty within your program to discuss career goals.

Mayo Clinic actively recruits staff physicians from its graduate medical education programs. When you successfully complete your training, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo's campuses.

Advanced subspecialty training

You may wish to continue your education after completing your residency training. Opportunities available at Mayo Clinic include:

  • Fellowships. After completing your residency, you may want to pursue one of the fellowships available in multiple medical and surgical specialties. Learn about the fellowship programs available.
  • Clinical and translational research training. The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) offers education and career development programs in clinical and translational science that span the career spectrum.

Research and community service opportunities

You also have the opportunity to broaden your education and participate in additional programs during your training. These include:

  • Clinician-Investigator Training Program. If you are interested in a career that includes research within a robust clinical practice, explore the Clinician-Investigator Training Program, which provides a two- or three-year integrated, comprehensive educational experience.
  • Mayo International Health Program. If you are drawn to pursue elective rotations in underserved international communities, check into the Mayo International Health Program.


Each year, Mayo Clinic bestows several awards to recognize outstanding residents and fellows in their last year of training who have excelled in clinical performance, humanitarianism and scholarly activity.

Health care systems and practice management

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is a leading innovator in developing efficient and effective systems for delivering safe, high-quality health care for every patient. This center's research activities, along with the expertise of the Mayo Clinic faculty, serve as an excellent resource for all trainees.

Woven throughout their clinical and research rotations, you learn about the components of an effective health care system, key practice management strategies and how you can successfully adapt to the changing landscape of the health care environment.

Board review courses

Mayo Clinic provides extensive support as you prepare for your board certification examinations. You may participate in written self-assessment and mock oral examinations offered by your department. In addition, you can use designated travel time to participate in board review courses and to take examinations.

As a result of this support, the majority of Mayo Clinic trainees pass their board certification exams on their first attempt.

Continuing medical education

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development offers more than 300 courses and 7,300 hours of cutting-edge continuing medical education. These courses are available to residents, fellows and consulting staff at no charge.

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

Mayo Clinic's extensive alumni network also offers you an excellent resource for educational and career opportunities. Find out more about programs and events available through the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.

April 25, 2017