Last Updated on December 18, 2021
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix) is ranked No. 11 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 41 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
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.