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

I knew early on in my training that I felt very passionate about my connection with patients. I also realized that I had a particular interest in medical education, with short “white board” teachings usually being among my favorite moments of the day. I found internal medicine to be a perfect match for what I was looking for. With IM having such a strong culture of academics and holistic patient care, I really feel like I found where I belong.

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?

I was incredibly impressed by the exceptional quality of patient care at the Mayo Clinic. The needs of the patient truly come first, and this is the type of environment where I want to start building my career. Combined with the outstanding opportunities and resources offered to residents, Mayo seemed like the ideal place to complete my residency training.

Having rotated at Mayo as a visiting medical student, how did that experience shape your decision about your choice for residency?

Rotating at Mayo was a life-changing experience for me. I had heard many great things about the institution, but working here as a visiting student gave me the opportunity to witness first-hand the unique culture harbored at Mayo. I immediately felt like this was the program for me, and I was so happy and excited to come to work every day. I still am.

Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

What surprised me initially, and what continues to surprise me every day, is how such a highly reputable academic institution can also be so friendly. The collegiality at Mayo is unparalleled, and coming to work every day is always a pleasure. 

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

Growing up in Montreal, I had access to a wide variety of incredible restaurants. When moving to Rochester, I was worried that the “foodie” side of me would not be satisfied. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that there are some great restaurants here in Rochester, including a good variety of ethnic foods. I also have to say that living in a city surrounded by farms definitely has its advantages; the produce and farmer’s markets here are amazing!

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

I see myself working very closely with my patients, and establishing a practice where I can provide them with continuous support. I aspire to be a doctor that patients can use as their anchor during illness and difficult times. I am also hoping to be involved with medical education, either for medical students or residents. My current interests are Hematology/Oncology and General Internal Medicine, but I am still keeping an open mind.

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