About the Program

Program Highlights

  • ≥98% 3-year, 10-year, and 20-year ABIM board pass rate (national average 89%)
  • Residents graduate with an average of 3.0 peer-reviewed publications (national average 0.6)
  • Of our residents seeking fellowship training, over 96% match into one of their top-three program choices
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester provides primary care for over 144,000 local patients, giving our trainees a broad training experience from longitudinal care of community patients to tertiary care of referred patients

Program overview

  • Strict enforcement of work-hour limits
  • Balanced inpatient and outpatient experiences with no continuity clinic during primary inpatient services
  • ~200 faculty (of 600) selected to work with residents based on merit
  • Many elective opportunities including:
  • Mayo Arizona (Scottsdale) & Mayo Florida (Jacksonville)
  • Mayo International Health Program – elective rotation for care delivery in a developing country
  • HIV elective opportunities in Rochester, MN, and Maricopa County, AZ
  • Additional ICU experiences
  • Procedure rotations (ultrasound, pleural procedure team, outpatient procedure clinics)
  • ABC National News elective in New York City
  • Research electives (all 3 years)
  • Multiple medical education electives
  • Multiple daily educational conferences touching on all aspects of clinical care:
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Didactic talks on core clinical topics taught by world experts
  • Evidence-based medicine didactics
  • Quality improvement and health care policy instruction
  • Cost-effective care training
  • Journal Club (twice weekly, evidence-based)
  • Separate inpatient and outpatient morning reports

Resident Teaching Experiences

  • Education curriculum on the Science of Medical Education
  • Formal clinical teaching curriculum and mentoring for senior residents
  • Core curriculum on adult learning theory that spans all 3 residency years
  • Teaching of medical students during all 3 residency years


  • Trainee manuscripts (average, per 3rd year resident): 3 peer-reviewed manuscripts published, 2-3 more peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted, submitted or in preparation
  • Residents average ~4 Mayo-paid trips for scientific presentation and 1 trip for attendance during PGY2 and PGY3
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester ranks #1 in number of winners in the ACP National Resident Abstract Competition

 Procedure Experience

  • Core inpatient procedure rotation for all interns
  • State-of-the-art Simulation Center with hands-on training in central line placement, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, suturing, and more …
  • Ultrasound curriculum and training, with availability of portable ultrasound devices to assist in procedures
  • Numerous procedure electives (see above)

 Patients and Care Environment

  • 2017-2018 – US News and World Report #1 Hospital in America with multiple Top 10 National Specialty Care Rankings (Endocrinology #1, Geriatrics #1, Gastroenterology #1, Nephrology #1, Neurology #1, Pulmonology #2, Cardiology #2, Oncology #3, Rheumatology #4)
  • 5-star Medicare ranking (only US News and World Report ranked hospital to achieve this distinction)
  • 1 Hospital with 2 campuses (>2,000 total beds) and clinics all within walking distance
  • ~5,700 patients/day at Rochester Campus
  • ~80% of patients from tri-state area; ~50% Medicare/Medicaid; ~15% underserved
  • Integrated Electronic Medical Record including x-ray viewing, orders, notes — both inpatient and outpatient with ability to access remotely


  • Complimentary ACP membership, Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Journal Club, Mayo Clinic Board Review Text and online course, MKSAP, New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Knowledge+, and NEJM Journal Watch
  • Electronic curriculum for each rotation
  • Institutionally-provided iPads; Mayo clinical and library apps available



  • Vacation: 15 weekdays/year (i.e., 3 seven-day blocks)
  • Stipend PGY 1-3 ($54,602 – $59,137) as of 2017
  • Maternity Leave: 6 weeks paid short-term disability with an additional 1 paid week by MCSGME
  • Paternity Leave: 1 paid week by MCSGME
  • Life Event Days: Up to 3 days per year to use for significant events that fall outside of vacation time
  • Presentation trips: 10 weekdays/year for national/international presentations
  • Attendance trips: 1 regional trip each year; 1 national/international trip during PGY2 or PGY3 (each up to 5 days)
  • Trip Budget: $1,750 per trip (not including registration) with $14,000 travel limit per year (same as faculty!)
  • Comprehensive Health Care Plan
  • Free on-campus parking
  • Low cost of living

 Learning Community

  • Residents: 156 Categorical, 26 Preliminary, 4 Chief Medical Residents (faculty-level positions)
  • Over 250 Mayo medical students and 500 visiting student clerks annually
  • Over 600 Internal Medicine faculty available to serve as research mentors and advisors
  • Unparalleled support for research mentorship and scholarship
  • Program faculty certified in clinical teaching through a robust faculty development program
  • Residents’ Council (i.e., residents selected by their peers) monthly meeting with program leadership
  • Wellness Program

 Just for Fun

  • Extensive dining, recreation, and arts with Destination Medical Center project
  • Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (on campus, downtown and at hospital) and Rochester Athletic Club
  • Rochester Art Center and Local Co-Op Art Gallery
  • Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Riverside Concert Series, Resident Concert Series
  • Rochester Parks and Recreation – Year round city league sports, 85+ miles of concrete surfaced trails
  • Golf, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, & Cross-country trails
  • City parks and Quarry Hill Nature Center
  • Multiple festivals including Thursdays on First and Third, Rochesterfest, Winterfest, Pridefest
  • Outdoor movie nights on the Plaza
  • Highest ranked Farmers Market in the state