Welcome Brunch

The annual MFC Welcome Brunch takes place in July and brings together new and current MFC members for a morning filled with great food, fun, and friends. Those new to Rochester and Mayo are given an opportunity to make new friends, get involved in MFC Special Interest Groups, and learn about the Rochester community. The Welcome Brunch is the biggest MFC event each year, and a favorite for new and current MFC members. Questions about the event or inquiries to volunteer can be directed to welcomebrunch@mayofams.org.

Due to the location of the event, MFC cannot accommodate children at the Welcome Brunch. Childcare is available to brunch attendees through Bright Horizons.

The annual MFC Welcome Brunch takes place in July each year. The 2019 brunch will take place on Saturday, July 20th.

  • To register, click here.
  • Consider signing up for an MFC Buddy (more information below) before the event! To request a buddy, click here.
  • The deadline for child care registration (more information below) for the Welcome Brunch is Friday, July 12th at 5pm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a trainee, am I invited to the brunch, too?

The MFC Welcome Brunch is for spouses and significant others of medical residents, fellows and medical students only. Mayo Families Connection, the event sponsor, is a group specifically for those in a relationship with a medical trainee. If you are a trainee and have a spouse or significant other, we would love to have them at the Welcome Brunch!

As a trainee, you will be invited to be part of Mayo Fellows Association (MFA), which is the group for Mayo residents, fellows and students. You can find more about that organization here (must be logged on to Mayo network) or here.

What if my spouse/significant other and I are both trainees?

You are in a unique position to belong to both the MFA (Mayo Fellows Association) and MFC (Mayo Families Connection). You and your spouse/significant other are both welcome to participate in MFC events since you are in a relationship with a trainee. We hope to see you at the brunch!

I'm nervous to attend the Welcome Brunch alone. Can I bring my spouse/significant other/family member/friend?

Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate guests at the Welcome Brunch. The purpose of the Welcome Brunch is to give you the opportunity to meet others new to Rochester as well. Please know that many people will be attending alone, so it's very easy to meet others just like you!

We also encourage you to sign up for MFC Buddies and attend with your buddy. Otherwise, there is an opportunity to meet other significant others prior to the brunch at the "Making the Move" workshop. Many people who connect at those events chose to meet up again at the Welcome Brunch.

I've heard about a Making the Move workshop and a Welcome Brunch. Are they the same thing? Which one should I attend?

The Making the Move workshop is an event put on by the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (MCSGME) and is an educational event meant to provide information on living in Rochester, networking, and employment assistance. MFC members also speak on a panel and answer questions during this event. The Welcome Brunch is an event put on by Mayo Families' Connection (MFC) and is a social event meant to help medical spouses and significant others connect. The event is mostly social and networking, with some information provided about local businesses who make raffle prize and swag bag donations.

MFC feels that both events are important in their own way and encourage you to attend both if possible! To receive more information on Making the Move, contact Michelle Pederson at pederson.michelle@mayo.edu and register for the Welcome Brunch at the top of the page.

What is the dress code for the brunch?

There is no dress code for the Welcome Brunch. Many attendees often choose dressy casual or business casual attire.

Where do I park?

Street parking around the Gonda building and downtown area is free on weekends and garage parking will be available for a small fee in the Damon parking ramp. Please email welcomebrunch@mayofams.org with any questions.

The Gonda building doors are locked on weekends. How do I access the brunch?

The doors at street level on the west side of the Gonda building (across from the Damon parking ramp) will be unlocked from 10:15 to 11:00am. Please do not use the doors on the east side (across from the Kahler Hotel) or subway level.

I need child care for the brunch. What options do you provide?

Childcare is provided by Bright Horizons, the backup childcare provider for Mayo Clinic employees. Once your child(ren) is/are registered, you will not need to register again if you wish to use Mayo backup in the future.​

  • Bright Horizons / Mayo Employee Backup Up Center
  • Located at 3535 40th Avenue NW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Care is available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost is $15 for one child and $20 for multiple children in one family and must be paid by cash or personal check​
  • Please pack a lunch or bring prepared bottles for your child. Lunch will not be provided by Bright Horizons on this day. Please note that Bright Horizons requests that lunches are sensative to nut allergies
  • More questions? Please contact Bright Horizons at (507) 282-2707

To reserve childcare:

  1. Be sure to register by the deadline (listed at the top of this page)
  2. Register online with Bright Horizons at www.brighthorizons.com/backup
    • The link to register is under “Employee-Sponsored Back-Up Care”
  3. Enter username Mayo Rochester and password Mayo
  4. Print and complete the following forms:
    1. Child Care Health Information Form
    2. Child Care Immunization Form
  5. Return forms to Bright Horizons
  6. Please note: In order to register with Bright Horizons, you must have the Mayo employee's ID number, which is typically not provided until the first day of orientation.

Bright Horizons offers a Mayo Employee Open House on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am to 12pm. The Open House provides an opportunity to visit the facility and address registration questions. RSVP to mayo.rochester@brighthorizons.com or by calling 507-282-2707.