Medical Residents – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic's Top Value and Reputation

The Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education is one of the oldest medical residency programs in the entire country, offering over 300 fellowships and residencies each year. As a Mayo Clinic medical resident, you will not only learn how to treat patients but also how to collaborate with other residents and medical providers so that you can provide the best possible care to your patients. With tons of learning experiences, you are sure to find the experience both personally and professionally rewarding at the Mayo Clinic.

Any student who finds themselves completing a residency at the Mayo Clinic will have access to global health opportunities and advanced career networking opportunities. In addition, the Mayo Clinic is ranked as the number one hospital in the country for twelve specialties. Getting to attend the Mayo Clinic for your residency is like winning a highly coveted prize and should not be taken lightly.

Medical Resident Policies at the Mayo Clinic

All medical residents are expected to abide by certain standards during their residency. These standards govern the way that residents interact with one another, patients, faculty, and hospital staff. They also outline how the residents should behave outside of the hospital setting.

Every school has a different set of standards, but for the most part, residents are expected to abide by the ones the American Medical Association (AMA) has outlined for all medical professionals, including:

  • Spreading defamatory information about a member of the hospital faculty, an instructor, a patient, or a classmate.
  • Infringing on copyrights or trademarks of the hospital.
  • Posting a patient's personal information or private identity on social media.
  • Refraining from harassing a patient or their family, staff, faculty, or classmate.
  • Upholding all state and federal regulations.
  • Use discriminatory, vulgar, or hateful information online.
  • Engaging in behaviors that undermine the safety of the people around the medical resident.
  • Sexual harassment or other forms of gender-based discrimination.
  • Medical residents must also be protected from unfair treatment by their superiors.
  • Residents must work a certain number of hours and then have specific periods of rest to avoid any accidents or instances of malpractice

Risks of Violating the Mayo Clinic's Medical Resident Policies

All medical residency programs enforce consequences if their residents are caught violating any policy. If a student is suspected of violating the code of conduct, they are usually subject to disciplinary hearings. These hearings could result in anything from warning letters and probation to suspension or expulsion from their medical residency.

Residents who are suspended or dismissed from the medical residency will have a tougher time getting accepted to another program to continue their education or to post-residency positions. In fact, if you are found responsible and punished with one of these harsher sanctions, you can guarantee that you will have to explain the incidents on every application you fill out from that point forward.

In addition to the consequences listed above, there are others that could affect you in more intense ways. For instance, if you are forced to leave your residency program and unable to find another to finish your residency at, you will not be able to continue your path to becoming a full-fledged doctor. Most medical schools cost upwards of $200,000 to attend. That loan will still need to be paid back whether you have the funds to pay it.

Further, being excused from your medical residency can wreak havoc on your mental health. No one wants to have to explain what happened over and over – even to the people who love you. This mental health shift can cause serious depression and anxiety and prevent you from moving forward in life.

Mayo Clinic medical residents are supposed to be the cream of the crop. Being sanctioned by, or expelled from, this medical residency program will greatly impact the rest of your life. This is why it is so important to work with an attorney-advisor who understands the nuances and complexities of these cases. They will be able to help you defend yourself from unnecessary consequences like the above.

Protective Procedures for Mayo Clinic Residents

Luckily, medical residency programs in America believe in due process. This means they are unlikely to dismiss you from the program without investigating and providing you with an opportunity to defend yourself.

Any medical resident that is notified of an impending disciplinary hearing will be given a chance to present evidence and witness testimony to speak on their behalf. At the end of the hearing, the committee will review the arguments presented by both the accused resident and the hospital and determine whether the resident should be sanctioned.

While this hearing committee tends to be filled with unbiased individuals, there are cases where the committee members have conflicts of interest and are reluctant to recuse themselves. When this happens, an attorney-advisor is the best way to ensure the university upholds your due process rights. They will reach out to the university and present an argument for why this person should be removed from your committee to maintain a fair and equal hearing.

Winning Representation for Mayo Clinic Medical Residents

All teaching hospitals endeavor to protect their medical residents from unfair practices, conflicts of interest, and overwhelming situations; the reality is that their own reputation is most important to them. As such, they will make whatever decision brings less PR and conflict to their program. This is why working with an attorney-advisor is the best way to overcome these issues and preserve your dream of working in the medical field unencumbered by reputational issues.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm are the nation's leading medical resident defense attorneys. They understand how difficult these proceedings can be and attempt to take the burden from your shoulders, letting you breathe a bit easier. Attorney-advisor Lento will speak to the Mayo Clinic officials for you, answer charges, and help you gather relevant witnesses and evidence to present the strongest defense imaginable. And, if you are forced to leave your medical residency, Attorney Lento will ensure you do so under amicable terms so that you might return to complete your residency someday. Call 888-535-3686 today or schedule a consultation online.