When selecting your career path in medical school, how did you come to decide on Internal Medicine?

I was drawn to internal medicine because it combined the intricacy of the basic sciences and the broad-spectrum application of those concepts clinically. I like the way that Internal medicine integrates various organ systems and disease processes together into a comprehensive picture.  I also appreciate the opportunity to develop continuity of care as I manage patients dealing with chronic medical conditions. 

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?

The quality of the internal medicine program at the Mayo Clinic is unmatched.  The program has a well-regarded history as a leader in clinical innovation, research advances and patient centered care.  Therefore, even before interviewing, Mayo held a very convincing status among all my program considerations. I came to appreciate this all the more after visiting. Specifically, I was impressed by the quality of the educational conferences, didactic training and the opportunities available for clinical simulations. Finally, I was drawn to Mayo because the consultants and staff truly prioritize patient care and genuinely work together for the benefit of their patients.

With an interest in primary care, what were you looking for in a training program to help you fulfill your career goals?

I prioritized programs that would train me to manage classic internal medicine conditions with ease and confidence. I also looked for programs that offered a balanced exposure to general internal medicine and its subspecialties both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Lastly, I wanted to train at a program that would expose me to a broad array of rare conditions that may not be seen at smaller academic centers.

Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

Despite its large size, Mayo Clinic is extremely efficient and thoughtfully organized.  The vast resources available make it easier for the staff to provide patients with optimal quality of care.  As a resident, I am trained by some of the most accomplished and recognized physicians, but despite their accolades, they are personable, easy to work with and eager to teach. 

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

Coming from Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the country, I have been pleasantly surprised at the diversity Mayo brings to Rochester as it attracts patients and staff from all over the country.  In addition, after living in Houston, I thought moving to Rochester would feel like living in a small town. However, this has not been the case.  Whether its Thursdays on 1st, the Riverside Concert Series, Taco Tuesdays at the Tap House, hiking at White Water State Park or exploring the Twin Cities, there is plenty to do and lots of good food to try.  

What are your plans following residency/where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Whether I choose to stay in general internal medicine or decide to pursue further training in one of the medical subspecialties, I will pursue a career in academic medicine. I enjoyed teaching all through college and medical school and academic medicine provides an opportunity to continue this passion through medical education.

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