Jennifer L. Vande Voort, M.D.

Dr. Vander Vorst

What attracted you to medicine and psychiatry?

I entered medical school with an open mind. I cannot remember a single rotation that I did not enjoy. However, it was psychiatry, particularly child and adolescent psychiatry that got me out of bed each morning looking forward to going to work. I completed a second rotation of child and adolescent psychiatry at the beginning of my fourth year, and that was enough to solidify my decision.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

Mayo had my vote from the day that I stepped on to campus for my medical school interview. I had the privilege of seeing how Mayo Clinic worked for four years before deciding on a residency. I have always been immensely impressed with the team approach that Mayo takes with all of its patients. The teaching has always been incredible, and the consultants are very approachable. I felt Mayo took good care of me as a medical student, so I thought I would trust them with the next five years of my life as well. I have no regrets.

What makes the Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency unique?

I have enjoyed the flexibility that Mayo has in its program. I felt assured that I would get a strong education base, but I could also tailor the program to my needs. For example, I knew I wanted to do some research during residency. The program has welcomed and supported my desire for obtaining a research experience. However, it was never pushed or forced upon the residents.

Anything surprise you about Mayo’s program?

I have been incredibly impressed and will continue to be forever grateful for the mentorship I have received within the program. My growth academically and professionally could not have happened without my multiple mentors in the teaching, clinical and research arenas.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

Rochester is a very convenient place to live. It takes less than 10 minutes to get across town and the "commute" to work is very reasonable. It is a safe town and consists of many professionals. I definitely feel Rochester fills all of my needs. The Twin Cities are roughly 90 minutes away, which also provide an outlet for other activities. In the warmer months of the year, I enjoy bike riding on the numerous and wonderful trails in the city. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also great winter activities.

What does your future look like right now?

I will be entering the child and adolescent fellowship next year. I am currently involved in research, and I hope to continue this in the years to come. I can see myself in academic medicine, but I would also be more than happy in a community practice providing care to those who need it.

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