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 current and future health care providers.

The center seeks to equip health care providers with an understanding of the complex issues in the health care system today and the tools they need to fix it. Such education creates a knowledgeable team equipped to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while increasing the efficiency of the delivery system.

The center takes a comprehensive approach to developing specialized knowledge, methods and curricula for integrating health care delivery science into Mayo Clinic's educational offerings. The educational program seeks to:

  • Create and evaluate learning resources that promote health, health care and innovation for providers, patients and the community
  • Launch an educational infrastructure for dissemination and diffusion of learning opportunities that meet the individualized needs of a wide variety of learners
  • Ensure a workforce of clinicians, educators and consumers who are knowledgeable and able to thrive in settings that feature innovative health care delivery methods
  • Network with national groups to enhance Mayo Clinic's reputation as a leader in health care delivery science and innovation
  • Investigate and pursue opportunities to monetize educational technologies and assets through products and services
  • Invest in the training of clinicians with expertise in health services research

Programs for medical professionals

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

  • Residencies and fellowships. Mayo Clinic 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 programs. With two different focuses — health care delivery and population health — the scholars programs are the center's innovative approach to training clinicians in health care delivery research through a one- to three-year heavily mentored training program. Didactic coursework is drawn from the curriculum in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), while hands-on mentoring and training comes from mentors within the center.

    Through interactions across the center's different research activities, scholars are exposed to secondary data analysis, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, and various statistical and data-modeling techniques. They are mentored in both the selection and conduct of their research, which is chosen to address problems they and their colleagues see in the health care system today. Many of the scholars go on to successfully compete for additional career development awards, both internal and external.

  • Interns and fellows. The center supports interns and graduate and postgraduate fellows with a goal of developing well-rounded health science researchers. These individuals learn how to conduct health science research and how to identify questions that are relevant to patients, providers and others along the continuum of health care delivery. They also learn current methodology for data collection and analysis.
  • Clinician-Investigator Training Program. The Clinician-Investigator Training Program provides mentored research training for individuals in Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education clinical residencies or fellowships. 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 Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 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 Clinic Alix School of Medicine educates and prepares medical students to be physician leaders who are able to blend the science of health care delivery into their chosen area of practice.

    Mayo Clinic has expanded Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine from a single campus in Rochester, Minnesota, to a national presence, adding campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida. The expansion doubled the student body and concurrently incorporated a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery, with the option to obtain a master's degree. This dual-track program — awarding a medical degree with additional health care delivery curriculum — is believed to be the first of its kind.

  • 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. ASU's Department of Biomedical Informatics is located on Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, 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 Clinic 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, 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.
  • Publications. The center's team lectures and publishes extensively on topics related to health care delivery. This method of education is an effective venue for center 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.


Lois E. Krahn, M.D.

Stephanie M. Pagel, M.A.