Ram K. Rohatgi Jr., M.D.
What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?
I knew I wanted to do pediatrics because you get to be part in a rewarding and unique relationship with the patient and their family as the patient grows and changes. In pediatric cardiology, you get this aspect plus the unique pathophysiology and all of the interesting clinical testing to help direct and guide management (echocardiograms, ECGs, etc).
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
As I had done my pediatric residency here, I had spent time with pediatric cardiology faculty. That experience has been wonderful, full of good clinical experience, and excellent teaching.
How is your fellowship at Mayo Clinic going?
So far, it's going well. The first year has a large skill gap when learning and completing echocardiograms, catheterizations, and reading ECGs. It can be daunting at first, but the faculty, rotations, and conferences really set you up for success. Plus all the other fellows are great.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
Even though I completed my residency here, I was surprised at how welcoming of fellow concerns and input. There is a lot of support for our fellows from our program leadership.
What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?
Living in Rochester has been great. Reasonable living expenses, quick commute, and enough things to do to keep you busy with friends and family. Many people talk about the cold (completely tolerable), but forget to mention that the summer is phenomenal with perfect outdoor weather and late sunsets. There are many activities in the city, outdoor concerts, and many things to do in neighboring small cities as well. Minneapolis is a short drive away, but to be honest, we spend most of our time in Rochester.