Pre-employment Background Check

Mayo Clinic places the highest priority on the safety of its patients, visitors and staff. To ensure the safest environment possible, Mayo Clinic conducts a pre-employment background check on all individuals who are offered employment or academic appointments.

These background checks are conducted to discover possible criminal history; determine if an individual has been sanctioned (penalized for not complying with a certain law) by a relevant federal agency; and assure that the applicant's claims are accurate and that he or she meets the qualifications for employment or academic appointment.

Background checks include a search of the following databases and lists:

  • County criminal databases and the National Criminal Database
  • Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (Department of Justice)
  • Excluded Individuals/Entities List (Office of Inspector General)
  • Excluded Parties List System (General Services Administration)
  • Specially Designated Nationals List (Office of Foreign Assets Control)
  • Debarment List and Disqualified/Totally Restricted List for Clinical Investigators (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
  • Government watch lists
    • Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers List (Office of Foreign Assets Control)
    • Denied Persons List (U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security)
    • Nonproliferation Sanctions List (U.S. Department of State)
    • Unverified List (U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security)
    • Debarred Parties List (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

A background check may also include other information as it relates to the position, such as:

  • Employment verification
  • License and certification verifications
  • Education verification

Questions about the background check process may be directed to:

Christine Shakal
Department of Human Resources
Mayo Clinic
Ozmun East Building
515 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
507-538-4822
shakal.chris@mayo.edu