Regenerative Medicine Education for Doctoral Students and Predoctoral College Graduates

Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Patient-Centered Curriculum at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Students in the regenerative medicine and surgery one-week course share their experiences.

Mayo Clinic educates students to solve the world's most complex medical problems. Faculty mentors encourage trainees to keep learning, ensuring there's a continuous progression of medical and scientific leaders to perpetuate cutting-edge solutions for unmet patient needs.

Doctoral training

Regenerative medicine graduate course

The Center for Regenerative Medicine collaborates with Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, to offer a regenerative medicine course every spring semester.

The 12-lecture course, MPET 6820: Regenerative Medicine: Principles to Practice (PDF), encompasses the discovery-translation-application continuum, enabling students to become proficient in key concepts underlying stem cell platforms and giving them insight into new therapeutic and diagnostic opportunities in regenerative medicine and surgery.

Regenerative Sciences Training Program

Sponsored by the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Regenerative Sciences Training Program is a state-of-the-art transdisciplinary doctoral training program designed to develop the next generation of leaders in regenerative sciences and medicine. Program curriculum encompasses the full spectrum of regenerative science topics, including molecular and cell biology, biomedical engineering, translational science, and more. Students must be accepted into Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) before applying to the Regenerative Sciences Training Program.

Doctoral and predoctoral training

Regenerative medicine and surgery one-week course

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offer Regenerative Medicine and Surgery (REGS 5200), a weeklong course designed to expose medical and graduate students to a diversity of faculty and new technologies in the field. The course is sponsored by the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Regenerative Medicine Minnesota. It is offered at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota and Arizona.

Medical student certification in regenerative sciences

The Center for Regenerative Medicine and Regenerative Medicine Minnesota sponsor a program to certify medical students in regenerative sciences. The program aims to educate a specialized workforce that can distinguish safe and valid regenerative options for patient care.

Certification is provided through a longitudinal online program composed of:

  • Dedicated lectures
  • Patient simulation
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Specialty-directed research

Areas of emphasis include ethics, clinical-grade product manufacturing, and clinical trial reports specific to medical and surgical specialties.

The curriculum for the medical student certification in regenerative sciences program includes the following:

  • Year 1. Fundamentals of regenerative sciences, ethics in regenerative medicine and an overview of the clinical regenerative medicine lexicon.
  • Year 2. Lectures focused on specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, hematology, nephrology and others.
  • Year 3. Simulated patient care experience with standardized patients who prompt frequently asked questions about regenerative medicine for chronic diseases. Students receive feedback on addressing patient inquiries about safe and valid regenerative solutions. FDA regulation is also covered.
  • Year 4. Each student participates in a specialty-specific regenerative medicine clinical elective.

Regenerative technologies aimed at restoring form and function inform the prospect of transforming standard-of-care practices. The evolution from the traditional perspective of fighting disease to the increasingly actionable paradigm of restoring health begets a new set of skills for the next-generation health care practitioner. This transdisciplinary training program is a prototype that aims to provide medical students with those skills and promote education-driven practice advancement.

For more information please contact Alissa R. Cornell at cornell.alissa@mayo.edu.