The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology plays a key role in the mission of Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to train future leaders in biomedical research and education. Since the department's inception, faculty members have actively participated in Mayo Clinic's educational mission.

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology meets this important educational need at two levels. First, the faculty participates in the classroom education of most Mayo graduate students. During their first year in graduate school, the majority of graduate students participate in four core curriculum courses, directed by department faculty members, where the students are introduced to problem-solving-based learning. Faculty members also direct 14 additional courses and tutorials each year, exploring more-advanced topics that directly impact biomedical research.

Second, faculty members serve as mentors and advisers to graduate student apprentices who perform cutting-edge research. It is through this kind of commitment to education and scientific mentorship that the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology can inspire and train the next generation of biomedical researchers.

The faculty, postdoctoral fellows, allied health staff and students of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology participate in multiple weekly academic colloquia, including a visiting faculty seminar series (co-sponsored with Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences), a student works-in-progress series and a student-led journal club. Colloquia are teleconferenced to all three Mayo Clinic campuses. Together with special seminars and organized symposia, these activities contribute to a vibrant academic environment.

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is also committed to creating valuable learning opportunities for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students. The department considers interested trainees admitted through several Mayo Clinic programs.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research opportunities

  • Graduate Research Education Program (GREP). An hourly paid research employee program for students with undergraduate degrees who are pursuing medical school or graduate school admission, GREP offers research experiences that can last up to two years and start at any time during the year.
  • Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). An intense program of up to two years, PREP is designed to expose students from underrepresented communities with undergraduate degrees to basic and translational research prior to application to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Participants receive stipends to cover their expenses.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). This is a 10-week research fellowship for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years at a U.S. college or university who are interested in pursuing admission to a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. program. While in SURF, students develop and complete (or work on) existing research projects and receive stipends.

Candidates interested in the SURF and PREP programs should pay close attention to application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website listed above.

Candidates interested in GREP should contact individual faculty members with whom they would like to work.

Graduate students

Each year, through a highly competitive selection process, students are admitted to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Selected students pursue research in one of seven academic specializations available.

Students have exceptional flexibility to choose a research mentor. Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides stipends and full-tuition scholarships for all Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students.

Candidates interested in Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs should make note of the application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website:


Trainees with a great sense of imagination and motivation and a track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications (any basic science, medicine or aging) are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral studies in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Prospective candidates for Multidisciplinary Training in Digestive Diseases positions should email a cover letter detailing past experience and current interests, a curriculum vitae, and two or three references to:

William A. Faubion Jr., M.D.

Learn more about postdoctoral training positions at Mayo Clinic: