Kristine Ziemba, M.D.

What attracted you to medicine and neurology?
I developed a keen interest in science, especially biology, during high school and college thanks to inspirational teachers. My path toward medicine and neurology was a winding one, but this career seems best suited to combining my scientific curiosity with my desire to interact with people one-on-one, providing education, guidance and support. Neurology, in particular, is a field that is evolving quickly as we unravel the mysteries of neural pathways and physiology. I am excited at the prospect of helping translate our burgeoning knowledge of neuroscience into improved patient care.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
I found Mayo Clinic to be a perfect fit for me because of its focus on research and education in addition to clinical medicine. Even though residency is mostly a time for honing clinical skills, I wanted to be at a center where research is encouraged and opportunities are available when time permits. I am also a strong believer in the Mayo creed that "The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered."

What makes the Mayo Clinic Arizona's Neurology Residency unique?
The Neurology Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona feels like a second family to me. Residents form tight bonds with one another, and the faculty are immensely supportive and approachable. The combination of these characteristics with world-class healthcare and training makes Mayo Clinic in Arizona unique.

What is living in Arizona (Phoenix/Scottsdale) like for you?
The Phoenix area has something for everyone. I personally enjoy the vast array of cuisine choices, especially the incredible Mexican restaurants and markets. I also appreciate the unique beauty of the desert and the other biomes one can visit here with a day or two to hit the road. Within a couple of hours, I can go from a forest of Saguaro cacti to a forest of cool pines. What other state offers such diversity?

What does your future look like right now?
I am confident that this residency will prepare me for a rewarding career in academic medicine.