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Adult Neurology Residency (Florida)

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do for fun?

"Go to live music concerts, shop at antique stores, hang out with friends at the beach bars, go fishing, go to international restaurants to try different types of food (there are some good international restaurants in Jacksonville that I've tried and I like: German, Greek, French, Brazilian, Italian, Asian, many good Mexican …)." — Rocio Vazquez Do Campo, M.D., class of 2017

"I have a wife and two sons (ages 10 months and 3 years). We enjoy Jacksonville's parks and beaches. My wife is involved in several 'moms groups' that plan weekly events and play dates to keep the kids busy. My wife and I enjoy dining and exploring around Riverside, San Marco and St. Augustine." — Jason L. Siegel, M.D., class of 2016

"I've been playing guitar for a really long time, so I spend a good portion of my free time playing. Otherwise, video games, movies, reading or going out with friends." — Jose A. Mari Acevedo, M.D., class of 2017

"I enjoy working out, hanging out with my dog, going to the beach, reading, cooking and baking, pretty much just living." — Brent Peel, M.D., class of 2017

"In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, dancing, spending time with my family and friends, and continuing with my cupcake hunting mission! Living in Jacksonville really surprised me; I enjoy the weather, beaches, parks, restaurants and the like. There is always something to do for every person age and interest, even if you have kids or not." — Vanessa Marin Collazo, M.D., class of 2016

What is the patient diversity? Do you get enough bread-and-butter neurology?

"From cultural, socio-economic and disease standpoints, we see a diverse array of patients. There is plenty of bread-and-butter stroke, meningitis, Parkinson's and dementia, with a mix of encephalopathic or diagnostic 'zebras.' " — Brent Peel, M.D., class of 2017

"Doing residency in a tertiary referral hospital like Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, certainly exposes you to a very complex and unique patient population. Mayo also has one of the largest and most experienced transplant practices in the U.S. We take care of a significant amount of transplant patients with their neurologic complications. With that being said, I think that when you learn how to treat complex cases you definitely feel comfortable assessing patients that are not as complex. We do get exposed to enough bread-and-butter neurological cases, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings." — Sebastian Lopez Chiriboga, M.D., class of 2017

What is the relationship between the residents and the faculty?

"I think this is a strong point of the program. Every single faculty member is approachable and accessible." — Jose A. Mari Acevedo, M.D., class of 2017

"We work closely with the attendings, and there is strong mentor-mentee relationship both in the clinical and research realms. I feel comfortable asking them pretty much anything." — Brent Peel, M.D., class of 2017

How do you like working for Mayo?

"Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, not only is an amazing hospital but also is a great institution. For 11 consecutive years, Mayo has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. It is a great place to practice medicine." — Sebastian Lopez Chiriboga, M.D., class of 2017

"I really enjoy working here at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. Since the very first second I spent at Mayo Clinic Hospital during my interview, I knew this would be my home for at least the next four years, and I was right! We are a big family at the Adult Neurology Residency. The program is very unique and never stops surprising me. We use a multidisciplinary system with extraordinary resources to provide patient-centered care with the best quality. The diversity of patients we encounter is amazing, from local to national and to even international. The research exposure is very appealing; every department has different projects available for your participation." — Vanessa Marin Collazo, M.D., class of 2016

What do you like about the program?

"It has a well-defined structure and organization. Attendings are approachable and get along very well with all the residents. They are very supportive. Lectures are fantastic. Lots of good teaching." — Rocio Vazquez Do Campo, M.D., class of 2017

"The program focuses on molding the residents into great neurologists. There is an emphasis on growth and the relationships between the residents and attendings facilitate our development." — Jason L. Siegel, M.D., class of 2016

"I think the transition to neurology from PGY-1 to PGY-2 is very helpful. I also like that the year is equally divided between outpatient and inpatient." — Jose A. Mari Acevedo, M.D., class of 2017

What would you change?

"There is no such thing as a perfect residency, and there are things that can always improve. However, I can't think of a specific area that requires a lot of improvement." — Sebastian Lopez Chiriboga, M.D., class of 2017

"I can't think of anything major I would change. In reality, concerns and ideas are met openly and are usually well-received. Our directors are very open to suggestions, and several changes have been made based on resident suggestions. I think that an important aspect in a residency is that it is always looking at itself and trying to improve." — Jason L. Siegel, M.D., class of 2016

What do you think of the call schedule?

"The amount of calls per month is adequate, four to six. Caseload is rarely overwhelming, although there are some bad days. The average number of hospital consults, emergency department consults, stroke alerts or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) consults ranges between two and five total on a random call day, at least in my experience." — Rocio Vazquez Do Campo, M.D., class of 2017

"I think that the most important thing about the call is that you have graded responsibility. You are never left out to dry, and you are allowed appropriate autonomy. You call the attending directly with any questions, and they are always eager to help." — Jason L. Siegel, M.D., class of 2016

How does the program prepare you for your future career endeavors?

"We are exposed to all of the various neurological subspecialties, and I feel that by the end of my training I will be well-trained in caring for both acute neurological emergencies as well as day-to-day neurological illness." — Brent Peel, M.D., class of 2017

"The program provides well-rounded exposure in the different subspecialties and techniques in neurology under the supervision of well-renowned faculty physicians in neuromuscular, headache, epilepsy, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, EEG, EMG, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, autonomics, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, NICU, and strokes and vascular neurology. The experience, knowledge and skills acquired during the Adult Neurology Residency will definitely empower and facilitate the accomplishment of my immediate and future career goals in neurology." — Vanessa Marin Collazo, M.D., class of 2016

Mayo Clinic Adult Neurology residents reviewing a brain scan