Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program 
Mayo Family Clinic - Kasson 
411 West Main 
Kasson, MN 55944 
Robert Bonacci, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program Director 

Program Description

The Mayo International Health Program (MIHP) helps Mayo residents pursue elective rotations providing medical care to underserved international populations in well planned and mentored settings. MIHP provides up to $2000 in financial support to help defray travel and basic living expenses for those selected to participate.

Location(s) of program: Participants have one of three options in choosing a host site:

  • Mayo-designated site - These sites have already established on-site mentors, choice/s of living facilities, expected clinical responsibilities, and extensive information about the area to be visited:
    • Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Mbingo, Cameroon 
    • Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), Deschapelles, Haiti 
    • Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya 
    • St. Mary's Mission Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya 
    • Rural clinics, Ensenada, Mexico 
    • Patan Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal 
    • Regional Dermatology Training Center, Moshi, Tanzania 
    • Nyakato Health Center, Nyakato, Tanzania 
  • A site through one of our Mayo contacts. Residents and fellows may contact MIHP and find out more about opportunities in Barbados, India, Jamaica.
  • Independent sites - You may arrange to set up a rotation at an independent site as long as the site chosen delivers care to underserved international populations. 

Description of field experience: An experience with MIHP will help residents and fellows: a) Provide valuable care to underserved patients; b) Promote increased cultural awareness; c) Provide exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases not usually seen in modern Western medicine; d) Increase awareness of cost-effective care in a setting of limited resources; e) Promote improvement of history and physical examination skills.

Description of didactics: Multiple longitudinal didactic and other learning experiences are available at Mayo including Associate Program Director Dr. Steve Merry’s annual “A Taste of Tropical Medicine” short preparatory course, monthly journal club meetings at Mayo Medical School, and a monthly Global Health lecture series (interdepartmental).

Cost to individual resident: Free.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: Four of our 24 residents from Mayo Clinic Rochester have done Mayo International Health Program rotations.

Description of faculty involvement: Our department faculty include a number of prominent physicians with global health experience.

  • Thomas Thacher, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, is an internationally recognized Rickets researcher with 19 years of global health experience including establishing and directing the Family Medicine residency at Jos University in Nigeria. Tom is our departmental chair of research, and has helped facilitate a number of studies and publications including many by residents and Mayo Medical Students. 
  • Walter Franz, MD, a Colonel in the U.S. Army with a history of many years of military service, currently does acute care in our department’s downtown campus, and has been integral in Mayo Clinic’s Program in Underserved Global Health and in leading the clinic’s Katrina and Haiti relief work. 
  • Stephen Merry, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director, is Chair of the Mayo Clinic International Health Program, and integrally involved in the Program in Underserved Global Health, and runs an annual preparatory course for providers planning to do short term global health volunteerism. 
  • John Bachman, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, leads annual brigades of Mayo medical students, residents, and faculty to Honduras and is director of the global health curriculum at Mayo Medical School. 

Does the program accept medical students for trips? No. Another mechanism exists at Mayo School of Medicine to facilitate medical student international health rotations.

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? No. Funding and trip arrangements are limited to residents at one of Mayo Clinic affiliated residencies or fellowships.

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: Trips may be taken at any time of year and may be for 1 week to 1 month in duration.

Who to contact if interested in applying:

Tammy Younge, Family Medicine Residency Education Coordinator
Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program
Mayo Family Clinic - Kasson
411 West Main
Kasson, MN 55944