International Medicine Practice Overview

The international medicine practice at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, serves people who come from outside of the United States seeking medical care at Mayo Clinic. Internal medicine doctors are experienced in providing for the special needs of international patients, providing seamless, coordinated comprehensive consultative care.

Mayo Clinic tailors its international services to help make you as comfortable as possible. These services include interpreters in many languages who help facilitate appointments, an International Services Center with patient representatives available to assist you throughout your visit, and translated written materials to help explain many medical conditions.

Most people who leave their country to travel to Mayo Clinic start their visit by seeing a doctor in the international medicine practice who conducts a thorough medical history and physical examination. Your doctor will also review any medical records that you brought with you or sent ahead. Together, you'll develop a plan of care for diagnostic evaluation, subspecialty consultations and treatment recommendations. At the conclusion of your Mayo Clinic visit, your doctor will review and summarize the results with you and, with your permission, send written correspondence to your home physician, if needed.


  • Consultative care for international patients with undefined symptoms and complaints — for example, shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain and back pain — to help with diagnosis and treatment recommendations
  • Coordination of international patient care provided by surgeons and other specialists at Mayo Clinic
  • Preventive medicine care, such as mammograms, Pap smears, cholesterol screening and blood pressure screening
  • Collaboration, which means that people with chronic medical illnesses — such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and emphysema — may be referred to another doctor from Mayo Clinic's multispecialty team of experts
June 11, 2020