Alex J. Thompson, M.D.
What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?
I find the heart a very interesting organ and there is such diversity in pathology seen in pediatric cardiology. There are also many different areas of cardiology including clinical, imaging, and interventional and different ages of children from newborn babies to young adults. This variety makes this a very interesting specialty.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
The faculty here is great and has a diverse knowledge base. They are great to work with and learn from. There is also a lot of interesting research and plenty of opportunities coming from this department. To be a part of that is something I wanted.
How is your fellowship at Mayo Clinic going?
It's going very well. The faculty is supportive and very good at teaching and explaining their decision making. All of the fellows get along great which makes for a very good learning environment.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I did my residency here and so I had some insight into the program before starting, but I have been happy with how the program has welcomed me and I am pleased with the education I am receiving.
What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?
It's a great place to live, especially for families. It has a nice smaller city feel with less traffic, but there are still plenty of things to do and great restaurants. The twin cities are only an hour away if interested in sporting events and the performing arts.