Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
For over 20 years, Karolinska Institutet (KI) has been cooperating with the USA's Mayo Clinic, an organisation that tightly integrates healthcare with medical education and research.
Mayo Clinic developed gradually from the medical practice of a pioneer doctor, Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who settled in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1863. Through the years, Mayo Clinic has nurtured and developed its founders' style of working together as a team. Shared responsibility and consensus still provide the framework for decision making at Mayo. That teamwork in medicine is carried out by more than 55,000 doctors, nurses, scientists, students and allied health staff at Mayo Clinic locations in the Midwest, Arizona and Florida. Today, Mayo Clinic and its hospitals form the largest integrated medical center in the world, providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in virtually all medical and surgical specialties.
"The Mayo Clinic has a unique structure, in which healthcare, education and research all have the same principal," says Professor Martin Schalling, academic coordinator for the partnership between KI and the Mayo Clinic.
The two institutions have over two decades' experience of a more traditional research partnership in such scientific fields as metabolism, diabetes and nutrition. Now, however, the collaboration platform has been extended to psychiatry, neurodegeneration, regenerative medicine, cancer and infection diseases. It also includes themes like education, innovation, library services and administration, all of which are discussed at a an annual meeting, most recently held at KI September 27-28 2013.
An operative Steering Committee, with five academic and administrative representatives from each institution, was formed in September 2012. The Steering Committee's primary focus is to stimulate and deepen new and already on-going collaborations.