Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award

" long as that spirit endures.."

In 2008 Emeriti Staff Members Drs. Monte L. Anderson, Keith A. Kelly, and Pasquale J. Palumbo presented the plan for the Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award (SOMCA) to Dr. Richard S. Zimmerman, the then Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, who was immediately supportive. The Emeriti Association unanimously endorsed the concept and the Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award Committee was formed. Administrative leaders added their enthusiastic support as well. The Emeriti Association proceeded to fund the Award with personal donations.

In October 2012 Mayo Clinic Arizona Department of Education Administration assumed responsibility of funding the award in perpetuity. The funds already donated by the Emeritus Staff support the Mayo Clinic Alumni and Staff Scholarship Fund and other educational endeavors at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine -- Arizona Campus.

Emeriti Association - Arizona Campus

The Emeriti Association - Arizona Campus

represents approximately 145 physicians and administrators retired from Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Florida, and Mayo Clinic Rochester who reside in Arizona full or part-time. Members participate in academic meetings, social events, and offer mentoring opportunities to medical students, residents, fellows and medical staff. Many Mayo Clinic Emeriti continue to participate in research, consulting, publishing, lecturing, development, and medical practice.

Executive Committee

PresidentJacques Heppell MD
Vice PresidentRoger Nelson MD
Secretary/TreasurerJan Kaplan
Past PresidentFred Edwards, MD
Chair, Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award Committee
Fred Edwards, MD
AssistantJulie Hillard

Contact Information:

For more information about the Emeritus Association - Arizona,  please contact us at



Recurring Events:

  • Quarterly Meetings
  • Educational Adventure Series Presentations (Emeritus staff, Mayo Clinic employees, patient, visitors and Guests welcome)

For specific times and dates, go to the Event Calendar or see "Upcoming Events" on the Staying Connected Page


Educational Adventure Series:

The Arizona Educational Adventure Series is now available on the Mayo video exchange. You need to be inside the Mayo firewall presently to view these and best to be on-campus. You can still access these via Remote Access but the video quality may be less satisfactory. The Series can be found by going to the Video Exchange and searching for "Educational Adventure" or clicking the above link if inside the firewall.


Educational Activities/Interests

  • Art courses – Desert Botanical Garden
  • ASU College of Business and Nursing
  • Cruise Ship Lecturer
  • Osler Institute (Oral Board Review Course for Plastic Surgery)
  • ASU Classes, Coursera, Teaching Company
  • Spanish Language Classes
  • Teach community education – health policy




  • Book Collecting
  • Civil War Roundtable
  • Computer
  • Drawing
  • Dance
  • Gourd artwork
  • Gym, Fitness Center/Exercise
  • Lapidary work
  • Local attractions (Zoo, aquarium, etc)
  • Mahjong (play/teach)
  • Metal work/Silver work
  • Movies/Film
  • Music
  • Play Banjo/Guitar
  • Symphony/Plays/Concerts
  • Needle Point/Needle Work
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Reading/Book Club
  • Skating (roller/ice)
  • Sporting Events
  • Time with Family
  • Woodworking
  • Yoga

Medical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dermatology Consulting
  • Development
  • Emeritus Activities
  • Family Medicine Residency
  • Lectures – MCA Dermatology Residents
  • Lectures – MCA Neurology Residents
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona Resident Education – Communication Skills Course
  • Mayo Clinic School of Medicine AZ - Admissions/Teaching/Mentoring
  • Ophthalmology Content Editor –
  • Resident Conferences - Urology
  • Space/Building
  • Urology Resident Teaching




Outdoor Activities

  • Biking/Cycling/Mountain Biking                   
  • Boating/Boat Maintenance                
  • Camping                     
  • Cooking                      
  • Fishing                       
  • Forestry                     
  • Four-Wheeling                       
  • Gardening/Landscaping                      
  • Golf                
  • Hiking            
  • Hunting                      
  • Kayaking                    
  • Pickel Ball                  
  • Running                      
  • Scuba              
  • Shooting                     
  • Skiing             
  • Swimming                  
  • Tennis            
  • Walking