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Gastroenterology Fellowship (Minnesota)

Yi Qin, M.D.

What attracted you to gastroenterology?

What first drew me to gastroenterology, were the inspirational teachers I had in residency while on the inpatient GI consult service. With their kind encouragement, I learned the basics of GI bleeding, and yearned to try the therapeutic gadgets. I learned from my teachers that gastroenterology is a rapidly evolving field of medicine where opportunities are flourishing in both diagnostics and therapeutics, and where the art of medicine continues to thrive.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

In medical school, I did a visiting rotation at the Mayo Clinic, and it was eye opening.

In addition to upholding the highest standards in patient care and research, Mayo Clinic places the highest and most systematic emphasis on education. We are surrounded by world-class educators, and everyone, from medical students to consultants, are peer-pressured to become better educators. Systems are in place propelling us to become effective learners. Mayo Clinic invests whole-heartedly in the future of its trainees, and I could not have imagined a more supportive system, and a more enlightening environment

What makes the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship unique?

The Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship is unlike any other fellowship in the US, and many things make us unique. However, if I were to pick one thing, it would be the unparalleled opportunity for research.

Each year, we have a Research Retreat solely dedicated to career development for the fellows. Senior fellows showcase their research, and first-year fellows find their research mentors. Unlike in most other programs where the trainee has to compete for the mentor, faculty here put together research proposals that must go through a rigorous selection process in order to make it to Research Retreat for the fellows to choose from. These are highly impactful research projects with the world leaders in GI--- and between the 7 of us each year, we have more than 20 of these to choose from.

Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

There is an open-door policy at Mayo, and everyone is approachable. We learn from world-renowned faculty, and they generously give their time to help with managing a difficult case, even if it's not their patient. People here are genuinely vested in our careers, and take pride in our accomplishments.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

I love living in Rochester. It has all the charms of a small town: affordable houses, space, and non-existent traffic. It has the essentials: Trader Joe’s and Costco. And it is close enough (70ish miles) to a real city with a big airport, Minneapolis.

My husband and I bought a house about 7 miles away from the Clinic, so commute each day is only about 10-15 minutes, even in the winter.

For those that may be anxious about the winter, I was too. I did my residency training in North Carolina, which is considered the South. I barely made it out alive through winters there, and my residency family did not have much confidence that I would make it here. But, I happily learned that Minnesotans are well-prepared for the winter. The houses are well insulated, the buildings are connected by heated subways, and parking is all indoors. Winters here were infinitely better than I imagined, and pretty too. All the seasons are beautiful here.

The only thing that Rochester lacks is good food (but getting better). I would recommend trying to DIY with YouTube, that’s how I’ve learned to make dim sum. Minneapolis is also just about 1.5 hours away, and it is an unexpectedly incredible city for foodies.

What does your future look like right now?

I have been doing research on non-invasive biomarker detection of esophageal cancer, and I am looking forward to starting my advanced year in esophageal diseases in July 2019. With my training, I aspire for an academic career with a research focus in esophageal cancer.