• By Emily DeBoom

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine once again in top 10 U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Medical School’ rankings

March 17, 2020
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 "Best Graduate Schools" rankings on Tuesday, March 17. Featured in the "Top 10 Best Medical Schools" for the third consecutive year is Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

The school is ranked No. 6 nationally, coming in at a five-way tie with other medical schools. This is a rise from last year, when Mayo Clinic's school was ranked No. 9.

"To be included as one of the top medical schools in the country is a real testament to the tremendous educational efforts of our faculty, students and staff," says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic. "It also recognizes the strong bonds between Practice, Research and Education at Mayo Clinic, and how we work together to face head-on the medical challenges that will present to our school, our institution and the patients we serve now and in the future." Dr. Meyer is also dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

The school has ranked high in research for several years, and many physician-scientists can attest to the groundbreaking biomedical advances being discovered across Mayo. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine's unique, multi-campus curriculum immerses students in the compassionate standard of Mayo's medical practice as an integral part of their curriculum.

More than 80% of Mayo's M.D. students graduate with a research manuscript published in a peer-reviewed journal. This is more than twice the national average. It's part of the culture at Mayo Clinic — one that encourages students to collaborate with, and learn directly from, renowned practicing physicians and scientists to gain insight and experience, so they will be able to transform heath care for patients and society through excellence in education, discovery, innovation, teamwork and leadership.

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine began in 1972 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The school has continued to grow, with the 2017 opening of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine ― Arizona Campus and that campus' first commencement in 2021. The school expanded again in 2018 — this time with Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine ― Florida Campus. This latest national expansion enables students to train the first two years in Arizona or Rochester, with an additional option of completing the final two years in Florida. As a national medical school with three campuses, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine enables students to train at No. 1 hospitals in the country under a shared medical curriculum and shared Mayo values. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is one of five schools within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine was named in 2018 in appreciation of Mr. Jay Alix's generous gift of $200 million to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine., which will expand scholarship opportunities, further innovation in the school’s curriculum, and establish the John H. Noseworthy, M.D. and Jay Alix Distinguished Chair.

Dr. Meyer notes that students often consider "Best Medical School" rankings in their deliberations about where to apply and attend medical school. He describes that, from a school perspective, the rankings are seen as one of several indicators used to evaluate the stature of the medical education program. Others include student recruitment, involvement in research, success matching to residency programs and above-average achievement on national clinical knowledge exams.

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About Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is a national medical school with four-year medical degree programs in Rochester and Arizona. The school also offers a two-plus-two program option, enabling students to complete their first two years of medical studies in Arizona or Minnesota, and their final two years of learning in Florida. For more information, visit Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

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