Daniel Kravitz, M.D.
What attracted you to ophthalmology?
My entire life I have been involved in extracurricular activities and other service activities. This, combined with my love of science, made medicine a perfect fit for me. You can contribute and help others on a daily basis while maintaining an intellectual fascination with the every changing frontier of medicine.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
There is no other hospital in the world like the Mayo Clinic. Many of the top physicians and scientists in every field are here. Additionally, the collegial atmosphere emphasized by the Mayo Brothers' mission truly makes Mayo a wonderful place to train, learn, and work.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency unique?
The one thing the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency does that is like no other is our COS rotation. This is a resident-run emergency clinic. You have no control over the amazing pathology that walks through your door and you learn immense quantities on a daily basis. Anybody can perform eye exams on normal eyes with sufficient training, but learning how to deal with unexpected and complicated pathology on a daily basis truly helps to take the Mayo Ophthalmology Residency to the next level. Additionally, any patient we see in our COS clinic becomes our patient. As a result, we take true ownership in our patients since they are ours to treat, learn from, and help.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I knew the Mayo Ophthalmology Residency Program was great, but I was truly surprised by the amazing experience in the COS clinic, the surgical opportunities, and the incredible pathology we see on a daily/hourly basis.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
It's a wonderful small, Midwestern city. It has all of the great amenities needed in a bigger city without any of the big city problems. This is also one of those great Midwestern cities where you truly do feel safe at all times.
What does your future look like right now?
Well it's always hard to answer that as a first-year ophthalmology resident since deciding which fellowship I will pursue, but based on the past trends of the graduates I would say the fellowship and academic job opportunities are endless.