Mayo Clinic School of Medicine: A perfect example of Mayo Clinic's commitment to innovative education


Ever since Mayo Clinic was established more than 150 years ago, our goal has been to provide outstanding care to our patients and offer superior education programs that ensure the success of the next generation of medical professionals.

In fact, even our name — Mayo Clinic — comes from this idea. From the beginning, Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his sons, Dr. William J. Mayo and Dr. Charles H. Mayo, invited physicians and students to visit Rochester, Minnesota, and learn about their innovative medical and surgical practice. Visitors coming to observe referred to attending the "Mayos' clinic."

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is one of five schools within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science that carry on the legacy of providing outstanding, innovative education programs. Our medical students are immediately integrated into our clinical practice and have the opportunity to observe and learn firsthand, like those early visitors to Mayo Clinic, from experts in every medical specialty.

Milestones in Mayo Clinic School of Medicine's history include:

  • 1972 — Mayo Clinic School of Medicine opens its doors to its first class of 40 students.
  • 1976 — Mayo Clinic School of Medicine graduates its first class.
  • 1983 — The first class is admitted to the Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program, a joint degree offered by Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • 2005 — Mayo Clinic opens the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Now open on all three campuses, these centers offer simulated "experiential learning" via standardized patients (actors), virtual reality task trainers and high-tech manikins. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students have the opportunity to participate in these innovative, state-of-the-art simulation centers and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop patient care skills in a simulated setting.
  • 2015 — Mayo Clinic School of Medicine announces a national expansion of its education programs, offering students the opportunity to train on the Rochester campus for four years; participate in the 2+2 program to train for two years in Rochester and then complete the third and fourth year of training in Florida; or beginning in 2017, train for all four years on the Arizona campus. Students also have the opportunity to train at sites within Mayo Clinic Health System and other affiliated practice locations.
  • 2015 — Mayo Clinic School of Medicine launches its Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum, an innovative education program integrated into all four years of medical school training that prepares students for leading and working in today's ever-changing health care environment.
  • To date — More than 1,600 students have completed medical school training at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.
Nov. 09, 2015