The Mayo Culture

"The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary."

Dr. W. J. Mayo

Mayo Clinic has a distinctive culture, rooted in the ideals of its founders. Those ideals — teamwork, collegiality, professionalism, mutual respect, and a commitment to progress for the organization and for individuals — make Mayo Clinic a stimulating environment in which to practice medicine teach and conduct research.

These ideals are the foundation upon which the Mayo Clinic Model of Care is predicated. Integrated teams of multidisciplinary physicians, scientists and health sciences professionals focus on the needs of the patient.

You are never an island at Mayo. Openness toward change and improvement for the benefit of patients, along with mutual respect and an interest in the advancement of colleagues is key in this culture. At its essence is an attitude that expects the best in people.

The Mayo Model of Care

Jack Leventhal, M.D.

"I tell my patients that I can be a better doctor at Mayo Clinic than anywhere else. That's because of the Mayo Clinic Model of Care."

Jack Leventhal, M.D.

It is not unusual that a patient coming to Mayo Clinic in search of a diagnosis or treatment has already been seen by one or more doctors at other medical centers. Nor is it unusual that the patient is amazed at how quickly Mayo physicians/scientists arrive at an answer.

The Mayo Model of Care makes the difference. Care is provided by integrated teams of compassionate, multidisciplinary physicians, scientists and allied health professionals, all focused on the needs of the patient.

The Mayo Model of Care:

  • Brings together top specialists in a multidisciplinary practice environment
  • Fosters a culture committed to teamwork — and places team success ahead of individual success
  • Encourages an atmosphere of mutual respect
  • Provides extensive resources and numerous support personnel, all available to physicians/scientists as they focus on patient needs
  • Features common systems, including salaried compensation for physicians, that encourage the use of only tests or procedures deemed best for the patient without consideration of personal financial gain