When selecting your career path in medical school, how did you come to decide on Internal Medicine?
I always enjoyed the critical thinking and the complex problem solving that Internal Medicine requires. It was the only field in medicine where I felt like I was able to put to use everything I had learned in medical school, and where I could continue to build on that knowledge to ultimately have a solid understanding of human illness and how best to treat it.
What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?
One of the biggest factors for me was just seeing how well they treat the residents when I was here on my interview. I remember when I interviewed thinking how unique it was that the program gave residents the same benefits they gave staff when travelling to conferences. It really showed how they treat everyone here as equals. It was also pretty clear from talking with the residents that they placed a big emphasis on work-life balance and making sure that you were happy both at work and at home. Even after having been here a couple months, I am continually surprised by how well I am treated as a resident.
You have a strong tradition of family members who have trained at Mayo. What advice did they give you when looking at training programs?
So both my dad and my uncle did their Internal Medicine residencies here at Mayo. They were both very helpful and encouraged me to go to whatever program I wanted to, and emphasized that what was most important was going wherever I thought I would receive the best training. They didn’t try hard to persuade me to go to Mayo per se, but hearing them talk about how much they enjoyed their time at Mayo and seeing the successes they’ve both enjoyed in their careers definitely did play a factor.
Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?
I think what surprised me the most is just how genuine everyone is that you work with. Everyone really goes out of their way to make sure you succeed in whatever it is you do, both in and out of the hospital. The culture and attitude here of working together and helping each other out is truly spectacular, and I think what really sets the Mayo Clinic apart from other places.
Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?
My wife and I were a little bit nervous about moving here initially thinking that we might not like living in what we considered a small town. However, we’ve been really surprised with all there is to do here. Rochester has a lot great parks and outdoor activities and the city does a great job of putting on things like free concerts and events to keep you entertained. They also have lots of great restaurants and breweries/bars. We’ve also been pleasantly surprised with how affordable it is to live here, which is something we didn’t really make a huge priority when choosing a residency but has been a huge plus.
What are your plans following residency/where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Right now I am planning on doing a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, then practicing ideally at an academic hospital where I can also do some clinical research. The plan right now is to move back to Texas once I am done with training so we can be closer to family. However, I do hear that Mayo has a way of making people want to stay here, and after just a few months it’s pretty easy to see why, so we’ll see.