Kayla Nixon has lived her entire life in the south, enjoying the beaches of Jacksonville, Fla., and her college years with extended family in New Orleans. Although Kayla has been extremely blessed, she was intrigued by her encounters with medicine as a child while her brother was being treated for Lupus at many institutions, including Mayo Clinic in Florida.
"I always felt the Mayo environment itself was healing; between my father being a physician and the long illness with my brother, I had a lot of exposure to medicine and became fascinated by it."
Why did you choose medicine as a career?
"Mainly because of my personal experiences; my father is a physician, but there has also been quite a bit of illness in my family. Our various conditions took us to Mayo Clinic for treatment at times, and the outcomes were always successful. Medicine intrigued me."
When choosing your school, how did Mayo Medical School differentiate itself?
"I was so impressed by the way MMS took every one of their student's needs into consideration and tried to accommodate their well being. The MMS curriculum was a standout from all other schools I considered; especially with their Selectives offering. Also, I chose MMS because of my familiarity and strong belief in the Mayo philosophy that the patient always comes first."
What surprised you about MMS and Rochester?
"I was surprised that with the strong sense of traditionalism associated with Mayo Clinic; contrarily MMS is very innovative and really takes all of the student's opinions into consideration. Our ideas are almost immediately incorporated into visible changes."
"I was surprised by the character and cultural richness of Rochester; for a medium-sized town it still has something to appease almost all personality types."
What is your goal after all of this?
"To chose my medical specialty, possibly in OB/GYN or surgery, and do it to the best of my ability."