In 1926 Dr. Charles H. Mayo – Dr. Charlie, as he was and continues to be known here – developed one of the earliest and most concise mission statements for what we’re about. Speaking at a building dedication at his alma mater, Northwestern University, he said, “There are two objects of medical education: to heal the sick and advance the science.”
Elegant in its simplicity, his assessment of medical training is also uniquely characteristic of Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, patient care and medical science are inseparable. And as this blog takes its name from Dr. Charlie’s quote, it also is ultimately about both.
The goal of Advancing the Science is to provide a virtual home for the extensive community interested in Mayo Clinic medical science and how it impacts treatments worldwide. It includes everyone who fits that description, whether student, scientist, science journalist, research collaborator, or one of Mayo’s more than 500,000 annual patient visitors or family members. Advancing the Science is a social site for comment and discussion. We also provide an opportunity for original posts. And you will also find links to other informative Mayo Clinic blogs and sites.