Students begin class at new metro Phoenix medical school

Published 7:55 am Friday, July 28, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — Fifty students in Arizona took the first steps of a four-year journey to becoming medical doctors.

The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, also called Mayo Med School, began instruction last week at its metro Phoenix campus in Scottsdale. Its inaugural class includes 10 students who from Arizona or with ties to the state.

Mayo Med School Interim Dean Dr. Michele Halyard told the school’s inaugural class her stress-reliever as a student doctor came in the form of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

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Halyard said those habits will help the students cope with the grind and workload of medical school. Halyard described the students’ coming weeks and months as “like drinking from a fire hose,” and a “quantum leap up from undergrad,” The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

The first years of medical school are dominated by science-related coursework that covers topics such as anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

Students also complete a basic doctoring class that teaches them how to take a patient’s history and conduct a physical exam. Students will simultaneously complete an Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic certificate program in the science of healthcare delivery.

A decade ago, there were no medical schools in Phoenix, the nation’s fifth-largest city.