Mayo Medical School M.D./Ph.D. Student,
Class of 2014
"It was my brother who gave me the idea". Dominique Higgins was happily living in the Bahamas with his mother and older brother when his brother decided to take a leap of faith and attend university in Atlanta, Georgia - piquing Dominique's curiosity to consider attending college in the United States.
Dominique's acceptance to Stanford University ultimately earned him a dual B.S.-M.S. degree and his work toward dual degrees continues at Mayo Medical School where Dominique is in his third year of the M.D.-Ph.D. program.
Why did you choose medicine as a career?
"From as early as I can remember, I always wanted to be a physician. I always enjoyed my science classes and so I stuck with it. I never found a reason to not be a physician and I never found anything I enjoyed as much as this."
Why Mayo Medical School and the dual-degree program?
"I vividly remember my first morning on the Rochester campus. I was here for my interviews. I stepped out of my hotel and looked directly onto the Gonda Building and was blown away by its beauty and everything that building represented in terms of medicine. I just new Mayo Medical School was right for me and the place that would make me happy."
When choosing your school, how did Mayo Medical School differentiate itself?
"I was incredibly impressed with the curriculum and how it's very conducive to studying medicine. The faculty take an otherwise extremely hectic schedule and with great enthusiasm and commitment, make it enjoyable and manageable without missing any of the essentials needed to become a great doctor. Also the Selectives program is amazing; because of it I've been able to travel around the world. I'm quite sure no other medical program would have given me that opportunity."
What surprised you about MMS and Rochester?
"What most surprised me and excited me about MMS was the extent to which I was exposed to clinical experiences from day one; all schools say this will happen, but at MMS the emphasis really is to treat patients from the very beginning."
"Minnesota Nice is what most shocked me about Rochester. The first day I moved here I was shopping for furniture and a random woman offered me her truck to haul my new furniture - it was genuine kindness from a stranger and I've found that to be in general the nature of the people in this town."
What is your goal after all of this?
"After my M.D.-Ph.D. program, I will go into residency in neurosurgery. I'm not certain where, but if I can stay here, it would be a great thing."