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

I have always been interested in understanding how the world around me works. I’ve found the human body to have especially interesting underlying mechanisms, and I loved studying physiology throughout medical school. Internal Medicine offered a chance to continue to pursue that interest, while using the knowledge to make an impact in patient’s lives.

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?

I was interested in matching to a program that valued education, patient care, and had a strong record of placing residents into fellowship. Mayo certainly checks all of those boxes. After discussing the program with current residents and mentors, I felt there was not a better place I could be. So far, that sentiment has been proven correct.

As a Minnesota native, what drew you back to the Midwest after finishing your medical school training in California?

I loved my time in California for medical school and certainly enjoyed living in Los Angeles. However, I think the people here, both patients and colleagues alike, make a huge difference in my day to day life. There is a general collegiality and friendliness in the Midwest that I have not experienced elsewhere.

Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

I have been blown away by the amount of resources and support available to both residents and patients. I imagined a system such as Mayo would be a very well-oiled machine, but it has certainly exceeded my expectations. The environment is very conducive for growing and learning as a young physician.

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of space available for outdoor activities in Rochester. There are endless bike and running trails, parks, tennis courts, and other spaces for recreation. It is great to have so many options available to take advantage of.

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

I hope to continue training and pursue a Cardiology fellowship after my Internal Medicine residency. I believe Mayo will prepare me adequately for that future.

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