Mayo Medical School

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Mayo Medical School
Type Non-profit research institution and medical school
Established 1972
Parent institution
Mayo Clinic
Students 58
Location Rochester, Minnesota
Scottsdale, Arizona (opening 2017)

Mayo Medical School, now known as the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, is a research institution and medical school which is a part of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, United States. It grants degrees in medicine, and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Widely regarded as one of the foremost medical schools in the United States, Mayo Medical School ranks as the most selective medical school in the country according to the 2016 U.S News and World Report, with an acceptance rate of just 1.8% for the incoming class of Fall 2015.[1] The school is also consistently ranked as one of the most affordable private medical schools in the country.[2]

Mayo Medical School serves as the official teaching arm for the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, which is currently ranked by U.S News and World Report as the best hospital in the nation, with more #1 ranked specialties than any other medical institution in the country. [3]


The Mayo Clinic has a long history of medical education, and was a pioneer in post-graduate education for doctors. In 1972, Mayo Medical School opened its doors to 40 students for the first Mayo Medical School class chosen from 473 applicants. In its short history the school has risen to become one of the leading medical schools in the United States. Today, the class size is still very small and select by American medical school standards. In addition to allowing for high selection standards and significant individual student attention, the class size is small in part because every medical student at the school receives financial assistance from the Mayo Foundation, with all students receiving at least half tuition scholarships. A large amount of need-based aid is also available. This is in line with the Mayo philosophy that the medical school should be able to train the best and brightest from all over the world, regardless of the ability of a student to pay for their medical education.[4]

The Mayo Medical School Student Center on Second Street SW in Rochester, Minnesota.


Mayo Medical School is located in the heart of downtown Rochester. The MMS campus activity is centered on the Mitchell Student Center next to the Mayo and Gonda buildings. These interconnected buildings, together with Rochester Methodist Hospital, comprise the core of Mayo's clinical practice facilities in downtown Rochester.[citation needed]

Mayo medical students also receive the opportunity to complete selective experiences, third year rotations, and clinical electives at the extensive Mayo Clinic campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida. An additional, secondary location of Mayo Medical School will begin at the Mayo Clinic campus in Arizona in 2017.[5]

Main entrance

Student life[edit]

Mayo students attend classes and conduct laboratory exercises in the adjacent Guggenheim Building for Research and Education, the new Stabile Building, and the Siebens Medical Education Building. Within the Stabile Building is the new, state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory. Clinical experiences are abundant, with opportunities available at both the downtown and St. Mary's campus. While most education takes place in these buildings, students enjoy educational opportunities in almost every Mayo facility, as well as being able to partake in funded rotations at the Mayo facilities in Arizona and Florida. Mayo medical students can also take advantage of funded international rotations and medical volunteer trips, paid for by the Clinic and taken between normal instructional rotations.[citation needed]

The Mayo Building rising behind the medical school student center.


Mayo Medical School students start their school year in mid-July, with first year students beginning with a one-week orientation to MMS, Mayo Clinic, and the Mayo Model of Care. Starting with the incoming class of 2015, the school formally integrated longitudinal coursework in the Science of Healthcare Delivery into the four year curriculum. This coursework entails a mixture of didactics and practical experiences in six major domains of leadership, person-centered care, high value care, health economics and technology, population-centered care, and team-based care. Through their completion of these classes, Mayo medical students will become among the first in the nation to receive a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery upon graduation, along with their medical degrees.[6] The rest of the curriculum is divided into three and six week blocks, with students taking one class at a time. Students also partake in longitudinal clinical coursework in Year 1 (Basic Doctoring) and Year 2 (Advanced Doctoring) that emphasizes history-taking, physical exam, and diagnostic skills. A list of the preclinical blocks and their titles is shown below

Year 1
Block 1 - Science of Healthcare Delivery I
Block 2 - Basic Structure (Biochemistry, Genetics, and Histology)
Block 3 - Ethics
Block 4 - Human Structure (Anatomy, Embryology, Radiology)
Block 5 - Science of Healthcare Delivery II
Block 6 - Normal Function (Pathology and Immunology)
Block 7 - Principles of Disease, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Microbiology and Pharmacology)
Block 8 - Neuroscience
Block 9 - Intro to Psychiatry

Year 2
Block 10 - Circulation
Block 11 - Oxygen
Block 12- Hematology (Immunity and Blood)
Block 13 - Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology
Block 14 - Renal Systems
Block 15 - Urinary Systems
Block 16 - Endocrinology
Block 17 - Gynecology
Block 18 - Nutrition and Digestion
Block 19 - Preclinical Studies

Classes during the first two years are offered on a Pass/Fail basis, with no internal ranking of students. This produces a cooperative environment that fosters learning and collaboration. During the first two years, medical school students have the opportunity to take part in self-designed selectives, which are one-to-two week periods that separate each block. Selectives allow students to shadow physicians, travel abroad on volunteer trips, or present research. If a student chooses, they may participate in selectives offered through Mayo Medical School, though self-proposed selectives are allowed.[citation needed]

Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital are integral to the Mayo campus, providing essential inpatient learning experiences for medical students. The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine also includes programs in physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, and postgraduate residency and fellowship training programs. The Physician Assistant program is also affiliated with the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse,[7] and students at the Medical School have the option to pursue several combined degree programs with other universities (M.D.-Ph.D., M.D.-M.B.A., and M.D.-M.P.H.).


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Coordinates: 44°01′17″N 92°28′01″W / 44.0213°N 92.4670°W / 44.0213; -92.4670