Brandon D. Morrical, M.D.
What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?
I knew relatively early on in my search for a medical career that cardiology was a primary interest. I enjoyed the physiology and the physical exam, and I was fascinated by the myriad of dynamic imaging of the heart.
It was not until my third year of medical school when I had my pediatric rotation, though, that I realized I had to work with kids. I had my inpatient pediatric cardiology rotation right after my outpatient general pediatric month, and that ended up being my "aha!" month. It put everything together — the patient population, an amazing variety of anatomy, the incredible imaging, great procedures, and, of course, a wonderful group of staff.
I've never really thought too seriously about doing anything else since.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
I completed my pediatric residency at Mayo Clinic as well, and part of what attracted me to the residency was the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship.
Much of what initially caught my attention, and what continues to impress me, is the quality of the people here. Yes, Mayo has fine facilities, first-class research and award-winning care — but what makes Mayo different is the way people work with each other and put the needs of the patient first.
There's a level of cooperation and teamwork here that I don't believe exists anywhere else. And I'm now proud to be part of that team in a fellowship role.
How is your fellowship at Mayo Clinic going?
It's still early on, but so far it's going well and I have high hopes for the future. We have an excellent group of fellows right now, led by some exceptional consultants who have expertise in nearly every aspect of pediatric cardiology.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo Clinic's program?
Nothing was too surprising, as I've been here for three years already in residency. I continue to be impressed with the knowledge and competence of the people who work here. And, despite the suit-wearing reputation, people have fun and truly enjoy what they do.
What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?
My wife and I enjoy it here. The cost of living is fantastic, and I love the "commute." Although I wish the Mayo brothers had decided to settle in one of the more water-filled counties in Minnesota, there are still a few different lakes within 20 to 50 minutes that we frequent for paddleboarding and windsurfing.
We also enjoy the variety of other seasonal outdoor activities that are nearby. We hike, mountain bike and cross-country ski as much as we can, depending on the season. We thoroughly enjoy the many paved walking and biking paths that Rochester offers. It's a clean, friendly city that continues to improve and grow.