Our residents come from medical schools around the U.S. and outside the country. See what a few of them have to say about our program. For details on all residents in the Family Medicine Residency, see the resident profiles overview.
Lee Kenyon, D.O.
What attracted you to medicine and family medicine?
“I remember shadowing a few physicians during high school and loved the way medicine combined building relationships, detective skills, and teaching. Once I started college, I always knew I wanted to become a physician. Throughout medical school, I was drawn to the diversity of family medicine. I loved that family medicine allowed for good holistic care, procedures, and open possibilities of areas of practice. I believe that everyone deserves a great primary care physician, and I felt that I could help fill one of those spots.”
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest
Brianna Konwinski, D.O.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?
“I was lucky enough to explore the Mayo Clinic as a visiting medical student and immediately felt like I was home. I didn’t expect that from a large academic center. The residents in particular left me feeling so inspired. They took me under their wing from day one and truly took an interest in me. From the dedication to teaching to the sense of pride in serving the community, I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. I knew I would become a great doctor if I came here.”
Hometown: Golden Valley, Minnesota
Medical school: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Joseph Blessman, M.D.
Why did you choose Mayo Clinic?
“My first experience with Mayo was due to my mom being treated as a patient here when I was in high school. I was not able to accompany her but the way she spoke of the care she received, faculty, and facilities was hard to forget.”
Hometown: Dixon, Illinois
Medical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Jade Grimm, M.D.
What has been most rewarding about your training so far?
"The most rewarding part of residency has been the tremendous amount of growth that has occurred. Not only in my medical knowledge base and delivery of patient care, but also personal growth which was cultivated because of the culture here at Mayo. I am so lucky to have staff that keep up with the medical literature and help make us the most well-rounded family doctors we can be. My colleagues are talented, hardworking, and caring family doctors who have become lifelong friends. When I leave residency I will miss the patients who call me their 'family doctor' and I will carry with me the invaluable lessons they have taught me in these few short years."
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine