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Fellow Life

Fellows, program directors, and education program coordinator enjoyed an annual team lunch.

Wellness initiatives

Our fellowship program is intense, providing a solid foundation that serves our fellows well in their future practice. Fellows and their families enjoy numerous activities outside of the workplace afforded by the dynamic, safe, and affordable city of Rochester, Minnesota.

As an Abdominal Transplant Surgery fellow, your physical and mental health is a priority. You will have access to several resources to promote well-being, as well as time off clinical duties to attend appointments.

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

Trainees taking a yoga class at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Trainees have access to the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC), which is located on both Mayo Clinic campuses (downtown and Saint Marys) in Rochester, Minnesota. This state-of-the-art fitness facility offers basic classes (including free weights, stretching, cardio, and more), drop-in classes, evaluation services, group training, virtual personal training, and virtual wellness coaching.

Membership to the DAHLC is available at a low cost to trainees and their families through payroll deduction.

Video: Dan Abraham Health Living Center 
Video: A look inside the Dan Abraham Health Living Center 


Cardiovascular diseases fellow works on a computer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.The Student Services office provides resources to promote academic, emotional, social, cognitive, financial, and physical well-being. Career and academic services include academic advising, peer tutoring, and accommodations for learners with disabilities or health conditions. Mental health services, counseling, interview practice, and a variety of enrichment sessions on topics like budgeting, resiliency, and stress and burn-out are also available through the Student Services office.

Groups on campus

Several groups on campus help you connect with other fellows and their families, such as the Mayo Fellows Association, the Mayo Families' Connection, and Mayo Employee Resource Groups.Several groups on campus help you connect with other fellows and their families, such as the Mayo Fellows Association, the Mayo Families' Connection, and Mayo Employee Resource Groups. These groups help enhance your training by providing and organizing wellness initiatives and social activities.

Workshops for spouses and significant others are also available.

Work/life balance

With a smaller program, fellows are more than just colleagues - they are close friends, frequently interacting outside the work environment and reporting overall satisfaction with their work-life balance. 


More from our trainees on work/life balance

Patricia Rebolledo, M.D.

I traveled from Chile with my husband and son, without any prior knowledge of Rochester or work experience in the United States. We are very happy with our experience as a family and we have been able to find a good work/life balance for which we are very grateful.

Patricia Rebolledo, M.D. (2022-2024)

Philippe Paci, M.D., C.M., M.S.

Transplant fellowship is intense, but I was fortunate to develop a close friendship with my senior fellows when I was a first-year fellow, as well as with my co-fellow. This allowed us to approach our training as a team and allowed us to help each other when necessary.

Philippe Paci, M.D., C.M., M.S. (2019-2021)

Lavanya Yohanathan, M.B.B.S.

It is a rigorous training program but the team and relationships amongst the co-fellows and attendings make it fun to be at work. Everyone has family obligations, and it is nice to be able to get time with your family.

Lavanya Yohanathan, M.B.B.S. (2019-2021)

Ek Khoon Tan, M.D., M.Med., M.P.H.

Frankly, one should expect to be training hard while in fellowship training. Despite that, I felt that my welfare was well taken care of and I was well supported throughout. I had the full support of my wife and family who were able to accord time out during these 2 years to manage the children so that I could concentrate on the training.

Ek Khoon Tan, M.B.B.S., M.Med., M.P.H. (2017-2019)

Life in Rochester

Our fellows love the small town safety and conveniences paired with the big city entertainment and diverse restaurants Rochester has to offer. With live concerts, craft breweries, and over 3,500 acres of parks and trails, it's never hard to find something to do. Learn more about our community and what our fellows love about living here.

More from our trainees on life in Rochester

Niv Pencovici, M.D., Ph.D.

Coming with my family, I looked for a safe and quiet environment that will enable me to focus on my training.  Rochester provides just that. It's a great city for kids, you have everything you need within a 5-minute drive, and the surrounding nature is astounding.

Niv Pencovici, M.D., Ph.D. (2021-2023)

Mayo Clinic abdominal transplant faculty member Julie Heimbach, M.D.

It is very easy and very peaceful to live here, and I get so much time back every day by avoiding the traffic and long lines which I had to deal with living in larger cities.

Julie Heimbach, M.D. (current faculty)

Mayo Clinic abdominal transplant faculty member Phillipe Paci, M.D., C.M.M.S.

Living in Rochester is very easy. Commuting to work is never an issue as there is no traffic. Although I was not able to get to know the city more due to restrictions from the pandemic, it is very lively during the summer with plenty of activities to do.

Philippe Paci, M.D., C.M., M.S. (2019-2021)

Peri Husen, M.D.

It's safe - I could easily bike to work each day. Despite the long and cold winter, it's rather sunny almost every day of the year.

Peri Husen, M.D. (2020-2022)

Mathew George, M.B.B.S., M.S.

Rochester is an easy place to live with its multicultural background. All amenities are at a walkable distance and I could survive for two years without a car.

Mathew George, M.B.B.S., M.S. (2018-2020)

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

What is the dress code?

The dress code at Mayo Clinic emphasizes maintaining a professional appearance.

Fellows wear scrubs on appropriate inpatient services, and they wear a white coat instead of a suit jacket in many settings.

Are there opportunities for my spouse or significant other?

Mayo Clinic is committed to help your spouse and/or significant other find employment prior to your move to Rochester. This program, referred to as Accompanying Talent, is available to all matched trainees and has contacts with employers in Rochester, the surrounding area, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

We offer opportunities for your spouse or significant other to connect with opportunities at Mayo Clinic as well as with external companies. Personalized support is available, including:

  • Career counseling
  • Resume writing and interviewing workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Invitation-only networking
  • Informational interviews or job observations