Carlos R. Franco Palacios, M.D.
What attracted you to nephrology?
I've always enjoyed internal medicine. Nephrology encompasses a good amount of it. The field is very broad and has connections to other medical specialties. As a medical student and resident, I was fascinated by acid-base and electrolyte imbalances. I had good role models who encouraged me to pursue this career pathway.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
This is a very friendly program with a good combination of research and clinical responsibilities. Mayo Clinic is a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. This is a renowned institution, not only in the U.S. but also the world.
What makes Mayo Clinic subspecialty training in nephrology unique?
Hands-on experience in a wide variety of diseases. Great exposure to clinical and translational research. Supportive faculty. As a trainee, you have plenty of opportunities to focus on different areas of the field. Our consultants are leaders in their respective areas, and as a fellow you get to work with them.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
How friendly and approachable the faculty tends to be.
What is living in Rochester, Minn., like for you?
It's been an interesting change since I've always lived in a big city, first in my country and then in New York City and Detroit.
Rochester is a beautiful middle-size city with a unique charm. The traffic is not bad, and the commute is short. There are so many things to do in the summer, with many festivals and live music.
What does your future look like right now?
I'll be staying an extra year to do the Nephrology Renal Transplant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic. I will be training in kidney and pancreas transplant management.
I would like to stay in academics after completing my fellowship. I am interested in studying the markers of renal tubular damage and the therapies available to treat this condition. I think this area is evolving, and much advancement has been made in the last couple of years.