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Why internal medicine?

During medical school, I realized that I really enjoy addressing diagnostic challenges, finding clues from the history and physical exam, making sense of labs, and imaging in the context of the individual patient presentation, and working together in multidisciplinary teams to treat the patient who has the disease, and to provide comfort and dignity when the disease is no longer treatable. If you are like me and believe in the saying: 'Cure sometimes, relieve often, and comfort always,' then internal medicine might be the specialty for you!

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for residency?

After interview season, I felt that all of the good academic hospitals I was fortunate enough to visit were going to provide excellent clinical training and opportunities to do meaningful research. Mayo warmed the cockles of my heart and stood out to me because of the culture of collegiality and I really got the impression that the program is fully invested in the success of each and every one of its residents.

What surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

I have not met a single big ego so far which to me is surprising considering Mayo has some of the most brilliant and eminent people. More importantly, I realized early on that Mayo is truly greater than the sum of its parts and the thing that makes Mayo great is that we have some of the best nurses, pharmacists, therapists, administrative staff, and protocols and systems in place which allow us physicians to fully focus on diagnosing, treating, counseling, and learning.

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

I am a huge foodie and there is actually a wide variety of good food in Rochester. Some of my favorite places are Pho Chau (Vietnamese), Porch (fried chicken), Forager Brewery, and Thesis Beer Project (amazing craft beer).

Plans after residency/where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope to be a practicing physician-scientist at a top academic hospital as part of a world-class team that is focused on (1) making a difference to each individual patient’s life through evidence-based medicine, (2) improving patient outcomes as a whole by way of translational research, and (3) engaging in medical student education to groom the doctors of tomorrow.

What aspects of training at Mayo Clinic were most influential in your decision to start your career as a physician scientist here?

I felt that it was important for me, as a budding physician scientist, to learn from mentors who have a proven track record of bringing a hypothesis from the bedside to the bench and then back again in the form of an FDA-approved therapy or consensus standard of care. Importantly, Mayo has a very strong culture of collaborative research which echoes the Mayo core value 'the best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.' As we try to push the boundaries of science, it is important not to get lost in the multitude of big and fast data but to instead focus on research that will benefit our patients and I feel that Mayo really embodies this ethos of making research count for patients.