Frank Schneider, M.D.

What attracted you to pathology?

What I enjoy most about pathology is that it allows direct visual inspection of a disease process. In addition to that, once the slides for a case arrive, I can browse through the patient's electronic medical record, review prior test results, see medication lists and look up chest CTs.

Summarizing a patient's history that way allows me to benefit from the many other medical specialties and place my findings into context. I like pathology because I am a "big picture" kind of guy.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

People say you have to be at the right place at the right time. I met Mayo Clinic pulmonary pathologists at a scientific meeting at the end of my first year of residency. I subsequently spent a month at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., during my third year of residency. It seemed natural to me that I would apply for the Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship.

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to train here and, without disparaging my residency program, I must say it was the most rewarding year of my training. The friendliness and the quality of the people, followed by the number and the quality of the cases, attracted me to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training.

What makes the Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship unique?

The pulmonary pathology group comprises fantastic individuals, and every member of the group is not only a great pulmonary pathologist but also an excellent general surgical pathologist. The volume is high and the spectrum of lung cases broad, yet the pathologists handle everything authoritatively and with great ease.

Did anything surprise you about Mayo Clinic?

From the day I submitted my application for fellowship training, I was surprised by the efficiency and effectiveness of Mayo Clinic. This is the only place at which I have worked where every person knows exactly what he or she is supposed to do and how to do it right the first time.

What is living in Rochester, Minn., like for you?

Before we moved to Rochester, we heard plenty of comments from our friends about the cold weather. Yes, winters are cold, but they are far more pleasant than what we experience in Pennsylvania now. The snow is bright; the sky is blue and sunny.

We enjoyed the "smallness" of Rochester, the quick commutes, the availability of everything you need, the small specialty stores to find rare foods, the easily accessible and nearby farmers market and, for weekend getaways, the Twin Cities with museums, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and all the shopping and restaurants you cannot (yet) find in Rochester.

What does your future look like right now?

After training at Mayo Clinic, I accepted an academic position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I work closely with pulmonologists in our Interstitial Lung Disease and Lung Transplant centers, and I feel like I can add value to their practice and research efforts because of the wide variety of non-neoplastic lung diseases I encountered during my training in Rochester and Scottsdale.

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