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

Internists are problem solvers and I love solving puzzles. I tremendously respect their ability to synthesize diverse and complex pathology to treat the patient as a whole. Internal medicine also offers an extensive diversity in career options from acute care to chronic disease management, so one never can get bored in the field. For me, I fell in love with the heart and being able to see patients improve both physically and emotionally from cardiac pathology is extremely rewarding.

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?

I knew something was different about this place when I came here during my interview day. Everyone was genuinely friendly, incredibly bright, and really cared about our goals as trainees. I knew that training at the most respected name in healthcare under mentors who are shaping the future of healthcare affords a perspective that cannot be found elsewhere. Additionally, caring for patients from all throughout the United States and world while training alongside sub-specialists in every aspect of medicine really provides a strong fund of knowledge.

Having previous lived in the Midwest, what were you most looking forward to upon your return?

I grew up in Madison, WI, a town just about double the size of Rochester, and completed my undergraduate studies and medical education in Miami, FL. Both places were tremendously different but provided me valuable tools for my medical training. Coming back to the Midwest, I'm most looking forward to the people. Midwesterners have a certain work ethic and honesty that really can't be found elsewhere. Furthermore, the range of seasons always gives us something to look forward to whether it's summers on the lakes, changing leaves in the fall, to skiing in the winter.

Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

The support staff here is incredibly approachable and helpful! Whether it's the numerous greeters throughout the campus directing visitors, to the clinical assistants or nursing staff, everyone really lives up to Mayo's motto "the needs of the patient come first." I also couldn't believe how efficiently things are run here from scheduling multiple appointments for patients on the same day to coordinating follow up, the highly integrated systems at Mayo help us focus our time on treating patients.

Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on scholarship. Within my first two months at Mayo, I quickly got plugged in to multiple research projects. The program generously covers attendance at five conferences per year (anywhere in the world) to present our work.

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

I had heard that Rochester was ranked America's most livable city and it's true. Everything can be found within 10 minutes, whether it's going to the grocery store, getting to and from work, visiting the downtown district, or hiking the various trails throughout the city. I was also surprised by how many young people there are in this town, given the amount of Mayo trainees as well other businesses, like IBM.

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

I'm looking to combine my interests in cardiovascular disease and nutrition and pursue a fellowship in cardiology. Training at Mayo has provided the opportunity to thrive, whether honing my clinical skills, participating in scholarship, or serving patients.

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