Joseph A. Hyder, M.D., Ph.D.

What attracted you to medicine and anesthesiology?

As a college student volunteering in clinics, I was impressed with the opportunity for meaningful and affirming encounters in the patient-physician relationship. I was also eager to contribute to the foundations of knowledge that serve health care delivery. In anesthesiology, I found a specialty where a physician can care for a patient during a critically important time in that patient’s life. I relish providing hands-on care for patients across the spectrum of the human experience, including the very sick or very healthy, the very young or elderly, as well as pregnant women. Caring for patients in the operating room is special because we can bring all of the resources of the health care system to a patient at one time.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

What I found during my interview day was an anesthesiology residency with high-yield clinical duties, outstanding case variety, and a departmental commitment to resident training. In addition, the resources available for research are strong and ever-growing.

What makes Mayo Clinic's Anesthesiology Residency unique?

The robust cardiac and regional anesthesia experiences are excellent, as are the opportunities to provide anesthesia services outside the operating room. As senior residents, we are encouraged and permitted to get involved with the most challenging and unusual cases directly and in supervisory roles. These experiences constantly enhance the skills that we offer patients, whether technical or managerial.

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

I have been so pleased to train in an environment where the needs of the patient are placed first by everyone who works in the building. I am surprised how complex care can be simplified to become highly reliable for patients.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

My family has found Rochester to be a livable and friendly community with members from all over the world. We have enjoyed local parks, the change of seasons, gardening and regional festivals.

What does your future look like right now?

I will begin a critical care medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital after residency and plan to care for patients in the operating rooms and intensive care unit, as well as undertake research in health care delivery.

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