Elizabeth R. Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

What attracted you to medicine and anesthesiology?

When I was growing up in Rochester, my family frequently hosted visitors who were coming to Mayo Clinic to receive their medical care. I spent many hours escorting people to their appointments or talking to them about their day when they came home.

Through these experiences, I realized the potential impact that dedicated, caring physicians and other health care providers can have on patient's lives during these stressful and often life-changing events. I therefore chose to direct my love of science and problem-solving toward a career in medicine.

I chose to pursue anesthesiology because it provided an intersection of the many aspects of medicine that I found fulfilling during medical school. As an anesthesiologist, I am able to perform procedures, use applied physiology and pharmacology, and care for a diverse population of patients during the vulnerable perioperative period.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

As a world-renowned referral center, Mayo Clinic exposes residents to an exceptionally diverse set of patients and clinical pathologies. This provides unparalleled opportunity for residents to rapidly gain great breadth and depth of clinical experience, even early in training.

In addition, Mayo engenders a unique culture of collaboration and teamwork across specialties and disciplines that leads to a wide variety of research and training opportunities.

What makes Mayo Clinic's Anesthesiology Residency unique?

Apart from the diversity of the clinical cases residents encounter daily, the Mayo Anesthesiology Residency provides a number of other unique opportunities. There are numerous elective and away rotations that provide additional exposure to pediatrics, transplants, regional anesthesia and other subspecialties. Mayo also has a state-of-the-art simulation center that is utilized frequently for didactics throughout the entirety of the residency.

Senior rotations provide opportunity to learn to oversee and mentor junior trainees. Senior residents also have the opportunity to manage operating room resources and scheduling of emergency cases during call shifts.

Additionally, there are numerous collaborative research opportunities (in both clinical and basic science fields) in which resident participation is encouraged and welcomed.

Finally, and certainly the best asset of the program, is the faculty and staff. There is a level of collegiality, mentorship and camaraderie in Mayo's anesthesiology program that I believe truly sets it apart.

Has anything about your residency experience or Mayo Clinic surprised you?

Following my intern year of residency, I was presented with a unique opportunity to pursue Ph.D. training to expand my research experience and education. I ultimately chose to pursue this unexpected opportunity. The level of encouragement and support I received from both the residency and the department as a whole was remarkable.

All of the physicians and staff I have met at Mayo have an unparalleled dedication to ensuring that their trainees are well-equipped for whatever their career goals may be. This dedication leads to exceptional mentorship relationships across disciplines and levels of training.

What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?

Rochester provides the opportunity to train and work at a world-class medical center in a small-town environment. As someone who dislikes long commutes and enjoys gardening and being outside, this is a perfect balance.

The city has been rapidly expanding over the past few years, and there are numerous outdoor festivals (both winter and summer!), a growing restaurant and bar scene, and a great local farmers market.

Rochester is also just over an hour away from Minneapolis, which boasts one of the best theater and music scenes in the country, and makes for a great day or weekend getaway.

What does your future look like right now?

My clinical interests include pediatric and cardiac anesthesiology, and I hope to combine these interests into an academic practice after fellowship training. I plan to further integrate my clinical practice with my research interests by ultimately pursuing a career as a physician-scientist.

The extensive clinical and research training I have been fortunate to receive at Mayo Clinic has laid an excellent foundation for these future goals.

Aug. 27, 2015