Born in India then moving to Seattle, Wash., Chaitanya Pabbati had every opportunity at his finger tips. His inner instinct, college experiences, and the background of his mother always led him to believe he would follow his passion and become a teacher.
An impromptu fellowship in Europe offered yet another opportunity and a window into a stronger passion — that of medicine. Chaitanya's first visit to Mayo Medical School confirmed his belief that he could succeed in combining his two greatest passions — medicine and teaching — for they were happening all around him in MMS. "I realized what set Mayo Clinic apart was medical teachers here do not see teaching as something they have to check off their list; they see teaching world renowned medical practice to willing students as a privilege."
Why did you choose medicine as a career?
"For a long time I was planning on earning a Ph.D. and becoming a college professor. That changed when I received a fellowship to spend a month in England to learn from surgeons in an English hospital. For the first time I witnessed what is involved in teamwork and patient care and how my love of biology applied to the human condition."
When choosing your school, how did Mayo Medical School differentiate itself?
"When I was granted my interview at MMS, the first thing I noticed was how happy and satisfied the medical students were. Also, I was incredibly intrigued by the non-traditional curriculum and the Selectives offerings; nothing I do is traditional so in my mind it was a perfect fit."
What surprised you about MMS and Rochester?
"The instantaneous acceptance I felt from all of my peers and my professors and the genuineness of everyone at MMS". "I actually thought I would be bored in Rochester. I didn't realize how much culture and different, enjoyable activities there were in this town; that surprised me."
What is your goal after all of this?
"I'm very interested in a psychiatry residency and eventually combining my love for medicine with my passion for teaching."