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Announcement of Mayo Medical School Expansion in Arizona

September 27, 2011

News Conference: Tuesday, September 27, 3:00 pm (PT)

The expansion of Mayo Medical School creates a branch that will be located on the Arizona campus of Mayo Clinic. This branch will be known as Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus and will operate under the governance and oversight of Mayo Medical School.

The branch will build on Mayo Medical School’s national and international reputation for leadership and tradition of patient-centered education excellence—and will differentiate itself by collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) on an embedded masters degree program in the science of health care delivery, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. This new strategic initiative for Mayo Clinic is firmly aligned with Mayo’s long-term commitment to redefining the field of medical education.

Mayo Clinic will lead the way in setting a new standard of patient-centered academic excellence by creating the health care workforce of the future. Future care models call for:

  • Team-based care
  • Inter-professional training (physicians with nurses, allied health professionals, etc.)
  • Focus on wellness and prevention

The expansion of Mayo Medical School to Arizona reinforces Mayo Clinic’s commitment to Arizona and helps secure Mayo’s role as the premier academic medical center in the southwest and a beacon for clinical excellence throughout the western U.S.

The key differentiating feature of Mayo Medical School in Arizona will be its unique curriculum, which builds on the academic excellence of the Mayo Medical School while also reflecting the need for medical school curriculums to be geared toward training the physicians of tomorrow.

Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus will include key collaborations with Arizona State University (ASU), further enhancing its long-term strategic partnership with ASU. Mayo Medical School will include a Master’s degree in the Science of Healthcare Delivery awarded by ASU to students at the Arizona branch campus. Requirements for the Master’s degree will be embedded within the four-year medical education curriculum, allowing for synergy and cross-fertilization across the two degrees.

Through this collaboration between Mayo and ASU, the Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus will offer a unique, cutting-edge educational experience for students, including:

  • An emphasis on inter-professional education and collaboration, including team-based learning
  • A focus on understanding and delivering high value care to patients
  • Integrated clinical experiences at federally qualified urban clinics, providing students with exposure to underserved and ethnically diverse populations (particularly Hispanic and Native American)
  • A focus on proficiency and competency in the Science of Health Care Delivery, including topics of study such as evidence-based medicine.

About Mayo Medical School Since 1972, the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. has developed a rich tradition of academic excellence, educating high-achieving women and men from all over the world who possess superior academic credentials, leadership characteristics, and a sincere dedication to service.

Mayo Medical School is among the most competitive in the nation, with 4231 applications received for 48 M.D. positions during the 2010-2011 applicant year. Total applications to Mayo Medical School have increased almost 70% over the past 10 years.

As of June 2011, there are 1426 Mayo Medical School graduates since the first graduating class in 1976. Currently there are 174 Mayo Medical School graduates on staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla.

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