Chris Chong, M.D.

What attracted you to Internal Medicine?

I enjoy the problem solving involved in diagnosing the hidden etiology of a patient's condition and the complexity involved in managing a patient's multiple medical conditions. I also appreciate the variety of conditions managed in Internal Medicine which makes every patient encounter exciting and does not lead to monotony.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

When looking for a residency program I wanted a training program that offered excellent clinical training, research opportunities, and a program that would allow me to match into the fellowship of my choice. After interviewing at Mayo Clinic and talking with the residents here, I found that the residency program more than met all of my criteria. All of the residents I interacted with spoke highly about their working and educational experiences at the Mayo Clinic.

What makes Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residency unique?

Having the opportunity to interact with and learn from world-class physicians during residency, and exposure to a diverse patient population served and a multitude of medical conditions encountered. I feel that I get to manage an appropriate mix of rare conditions while managing ample common problems.

Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

I was most surprised by how approachable and nonthreatening the consultants are at the Mayo Clinic. All of the consultants who I have worked with have always encouraged me to call them anytime with any questions or concerns. Having consultants who are easy to work with and who foster a collegial learning environment improves patient care and enhances education.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

Being born and raised in the tropical climate of Hawaii, I was most concerned about surviving the cold winters in Rochester. The transition in climates was not as difficult as I had expected and I have enjoyed experiencing the different seasons. I also appreciate the "small town" feeling here in Rochester while still having enough activities to keep you busy without the hassles of a large city.

What does your future look like right now?

My future plans are to subspecialize in Rheumatology once I complete my training in Internal Medicine. I feel that my training here at the Mayo Clinic will prepare me well for my future and help me achieve my goals.

July 06, 2012