Amanika Kumar, M.D.
What attracted you to gynecologic oncology?
For me, it was the patients and my desire to help be their advocate and give them power over their decisions in their medical care.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
The superior surgical education, commitment to research, and bold and innovative system that seeks to address the modern-day challenges of health care.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship unique?
All fellowships in gynecologic oncology have great training and great mentorship. But, the Mayo program excels in these areas. Faculty are extremely accessible and provide an abundance of mentorship. In addition, the amount of surgical training and anatomical learning is unparalleled.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I underestimated the amount of resources and capabilities that Mayo Clinic has to offer. I was able to kick-start several research projects right away and had a plethora of resources at my fingertips to make it happen.
In addition, I have found myself introduced to and participating in lots of seminars and workshops in areas of the health care field that were new to me. Mayo really does attract world leaders in health care innovation and technology.
What is living in Rochester, Minn., like for you?
Rochester is great. It is small, but diverse and full of activity. I spend most of my weekends with my partner in Minneapolis, but during the week, I have everything I need in Rochester. The Mayo gym, the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, is amazing.
What does your future look like right now?
Right now, I am planning on applying for academic positions where I can apply the surgical and research skills I've cultivated at Mayo.