Beth Kutzbach, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and ophthalmology?
I had the opportunity to shadow a pediatric ophthalmologist in high school. Even though I passed out cold the first time in the operating room, I thought the surgeries and problems seen at a tertiary hospital were the coolest things I'd ever seen.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
All of the subspecialties are represented, and represented by physicians who are well known in their fields. All the training is at one site (Mayo Clinic Rochester), except for 3 months spent at the VA in Minneapolis, Minn., in the third year. There are many didactic lectures. The support staff (secretarial and library services) is another positive factor.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency unique?
World-class training in a quiet town in the Midwest. Our resident-run comprehensive ophthalmology clinic requires early autonomy of the first year residents and is staffed by the third year residents.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I was surprised by the degree of autonomy expected of the residents.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
This is a small city, so there are not the restaurant, cultural, and shopping options that one might find in a larger place. However, there's ease of life (garage, washer and dryer, etc); low cost of living, quick commute to work and to the hospital when on call, it's safe, and there's a great bike trail system.
What does your future look like right now?
I'm still deciding my next steps.