What attracted you to Internal Medicine?
Being an internist allows you to be the quintessential physician. The internist has the broadest skill set of any type of doctor. To some degree, you can care for the entire spectrum of human ailments. Certainly we rely on specialists to help provide expert care in specific areas; however, we are the physicians who have the great responsibility and the great honor to coordinate the overall care of the patient.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
The system. Many people think that the doctors at Mayo are simply smarter than doctors elsewhere. I think the truth is more complex because while I do believe that we have many brilliant physicians at Mayo, it is my opinion that what makes the Mayo Clinic truly unique and what makes it a true leader in worldwide medicine is our comprehensive system that integrates patient care, education, and research in a truly effective manner. Also, the ratio of attending physicians to resident physicians allows more research opportunities for each resident compared to elsewhere.
What makes Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residency unique?
Once again, the system. And what is so important to understand is that the system is so successful here because of the individuals who make up the system. Everyone knows that to become a physician, you must be driven and have a great work ethic. However, at Mayo, everyone seems to have a great work ethic and everyone truly contributes to the success of the whole. It is not just the physicians who put forth great effort each day but also the nursing staff, the pharmacists, the therapists, the statisticians, the secretaries, and everyone else. Without the great work ethic of the support staff, the physicians at Mayo would not be nearly as successful.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
The ease of becoming involved with and participating in truly significant research. Even as interns, my peers and I have been able to become involved in research that has the potential to significantly contribute to the advancement of medicine.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
I have lived in both a very small Midwest town during my childhood and I have also lived in the heart of downtown Chicago for medical school. I think the most distinctive aspect of Rochester, compared to these other places I have lived, is simply the pride that people have in their work. Whether you are at the grocery store, a restaurant, or at Mayo the residents of this area take their work seriously and they always seem to put forth their best effort. It is no coincidence that Mayo is so successful – it never could have had the same degree of success if the local residents did not have such a great work ethic.
What does your future look like right now?
I have a loving and beautiful wife, a supportive family, and I am training at what is arguably the best medical institution in the world – I think the future appears limitless.