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

I chose internal medicine because I realized that I both valued and thrived on significant and long-term interactions with patients and their families. I also knew that I wanted to focus my career on both clinical care and health policy/healthcare reform. Internal medicine more readily lends itself to allowing people to pursue other non-clinical interests earlier on due to the length of training. I am very happy with my choice and would not have it any other way.

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for your residency training?

I am so thrilled, and downright lucky, to be training at Mayo Clinic. The program makes it nearly impossible not to excel during training both professionally and personally. During the recruitment process and afterwards, I was connected with mentors in my areas of interest, all of whom have been eager to offer me their time, expertise, and connections. The program is also very focused on resident well-being in a way that actually promotes well-being beyond just a talking point. The clinical exposure and access to world-renown experts in any field allows me to learn from the best of the best, which makes me feel confident that no matter what clinical or non-clinical path I choose to pursue, I will have a solid evidence-based clinical foundation and the connections to help me move forward.

Is there anything that surprised you about Mayo Clinic?

I have been most surprised by how kind consultants have been, and even more so by the routineness with which every person I have reached out to for mentorship, research opportunities, or help in getting my spouse a job have gone above and beyond with their time and resources.

Is there anything that surprised you about Rochester?

The many beautiful and well-maintained bike trails! I chose Rochester because of the quality of public education for my kindergartener, the ability to buy a house within walking distance from both of the locations myself and my husband work, the abundance of beautiful bike trails and other outdoor activities, and the incredible parks for my daughter. I also wanted chickens, and now have five layers. What’s not to love?!

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

This is certainly the million-dollar question, and one I cannot fully answer at this stage. However, what I can say is that I would like to be in a position to influence lawmakers on health policy issues, or perhaps run for office myself.

How had your interest in public health policy influenced your decision to train at Mayo Clinic?

Training at Mayo provides the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how our most highly functioning health system works. I had the privilege of training at UCLA for medical school and learned about Los Angeles’ county health system, Kaiser, UCLA’s academic center, and the VA. Mayo nicely rounds out my training by exposing me to a very different model, which will aid me in better understanding the complexity of various models of healthcare delivery in the U.S., and areas of both strength and growth in each system. Mayo also provides a flexible training schedule and elective time during which I can take a deeper dive into health systems and health policy research and practice.