Maisha T. Robinson, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and neurology?
Having grown up in a family with parents who were in the medical field, I was influenced early on and I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a physician. During my junior year of high school, my mother was diagnosed with a benign intracranial tumor that required surgical intervention. Her postoperative deficits concerned me greatly and I was intrigued as to how such a seemingly small growth could have such a profound effect. My inquisitiveness about Neurology was birthed after that experience.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
I was looking for a place that would offer me the best opportunity to build a strong foundation in Neurology, but I never imagined that it would be in Minnesota. When I interviewed here, I was impressed - by the program, the institution and the people. Having been in school with my identical twin sister for 25 years, it was a difficult decision to move to different states for residency. Knowing that I was coming to one of the best programs in the country made the transition much easier.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Adult Neurology Residency unique?
The focus on education both at the bedside and in the classroom sets Mayo apart from other programs. Having a division devoted to resident education suggests that the department is invested in the education of its trainees. As a resident, I have had the opportunity to concentrate on learning Neurology and making patient care my priority. I have also been able to explore other avenues in research, leadership and International Medicine. The opportunities for learning and personal growth are unparalleled.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I was surprised to find that a significant amount of collaboration between specialists occurs on a daily basis. It was nice to see experts in different fields seeking the advice and expertise of other physicians to provide patients with the best patient care available. It was also surprising to see such distinguished consultants have an ongoing quest for knowledge - reading literature, attending noon conferences and being willing to learn from their trainees.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
I have lived in a small suburban town and in large cities; Rochester is somewhere in between. It is a cute city that offers the perks of a small town such as limited traffic, a fast commute to work, low cost of living and free parking at night. The clinic attracts patients and staff from around the world, creating an unlikely community of diversity in Rochester.
What does your future look like right now?
Training at a world class institution with leaders in every field has inspired me to be both ambitious and creative in my post-residency plans. I look forward to pursuing a career in neuro-palliative care and administrative medicine. At the completion of my training, I anticipate caring for patients, teaching other trainees, and optimizing my ability to benefit others – all with the knowledge that my post-residency education will have afforded me.