Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine – School Profile and Medical Student Interviews

Student Interviews:

Arya Shah, MS4


The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, in addition to being amongst the top 10 programs in the country, is associated with the most innovative hospital in the United States per a recent survey of over 250 hospital executives and leaders. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine most recent class size was 105 students in size with a roughly even split between the Arizona and Minnesota campuses. Affiliated hospital systems include the Mayo Clinic Hospital which include the Methodist Campus, Saint Marys Campus, and the Litta Childrens Hospital. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine offers a standard MD program as well as an MSTP program for those that wish to pursue an MD/PhD. Additionally, the school offers a variety of dual degree options that allow medical students to pursue education in Health Care Delivery, Health Informatics, Biomedical Diagnostics, Mass Communications, Business, and Law.

Curriculum: At the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, first year consists of the Basic Sciences in a block format. Students cover Basic Principles and Structures, Human Structure, Normal Function, and Principles of Disease. The program features a Basic Doctoring clinical integration that helps students learn the basic principles of conducting interviews, taking histories, and performing physical exams. Students also begin taking coursework in healthcare delivery. During their second year, students cover pathology of disease in a systems based manner and continue with the Advanced Doctoring clinical integration. Students work with preceptors in internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery to improve their ability to evaluate patients.

Curriculum Highlights:

—Selectives: These selective are one to two week long academic enrichment opportunities that allow students to explore various career niches. Students also have the opportunity to design their own selective and explore a very specific area of medicine that is of particular interest to them. The goal is to help students take a self-directed approach to medical innovation, along the way allowing them to develop inter-personal and inter-professional communication skills.

—Research Quarter: Within Year 3, students take a research quarter during which time they are exposed to the principals of biomedical research. After being assigned a project advisor faculty member, students can explore a topic of their choosing via hypothesis-driven research. Students go through the process of conducting an organized literature review, drafting proposals, executing a study, analyzing collected data, and finally presenting a scientific paper for publication. The school may allow exceptional students with particularly innovative projects complete their research studies off-campus and on-site.

—Science of Health Care Delivery: The May Clinic School of Medicine has partnered with Arizona State University to develop and integrate curriculum focused on innovation and systems engineering principles. Students learn to design, implement, and evaluate healthcare ‘best practices’ under the guidance of experts in the field. If students so choose, they can complete coursework to graduate with a Masters in the field.

—Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers: Students participate in simulated experiential learning. The facilities are equipped to recreate patient encounters across a wide range of acuity. The simulation center is used throughout the four years of medical education to help students develop the hard and soft skill necessary to succeed on clerkships and in residency.

Location: The School of Medicine is based in Rochester, Minnesota; however, students have the opportunity to study and complete portions of their medical education rotations at the Phoenix and Jacksonville campuses. The Minnesota campus is the largest medical school campus in the country. The Jacksonville campus is located in the largest city of Florida and is home to a diverse population of over 800,000 residents. The campus is located near the coast and several national and state parks, professional sport, culture, and entertainment venues are in close proximity. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the nation and therefor has all the features a large, metropolitan area while also being surrounding by unique natural landscapes that offer those with a penchant for the outdoors ample opportunity to explore.

Grading Scheme: No internal ranking of students; 1st and 2nd year — Pass/Pass after Remediation)/Fail, 3rd and 4th year — Honors, High Pass, Pass, Pass with Remediation, Fail

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