What attracted you to medicine and family medicine?
I have always been interested in medicine, but my interest was very much solidified as an undergraduate in biochemistry, when I realized that medicine was a very logical route for making lab science become a little more personal.
As to family medicine specifically, I felt that in family medicine, I would be given the best opportunity to build up relationships with patients that would allow me to most greatly influence their health perceptions, with the ultimate goal of improving their health through prevention and proactive care.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
Mayo Family Clinic Kasson was the deal breaker for me. Ideally, I wanted to be based in an academic setting, but I didn't want to be crowded out by other specialists and residency training programs.
Personally, I also wanted to find a place where I could train to be ready for full-spectrum family medicine, and specifically be in a rural environment. Having our residency based out of Kasson, Minn., but also linked to Mayo Clinic met all of these objectives!
What makes the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency unique?
We have a very unique setup, with our family medicine home base being in Kasson, a small town of around 6,000 people, 13 miles from Rochester, Minn.
Practicing in Kasson, the residents get a chance to experience family medicine in a rural setting. However, with Mayo Clinic in Rochester just down the road, the residents also have the opportunity to rotate with and have access to some of the world's top specialists.
What is living in Rochester, Minn., like for you?
Pretty ideal! My husband and I love the bike trails and proximity to a lot of state parks. There's pretty much never any traffic. Plus, there are a lot of people here around our age, which makes for a really nice sense of community. If we need the big-city feel, Minneapolis and St. Paul are only a hop, skip and a jump away!
What does your future look like right now?
I'm hoping to end up in a rural practice somewhere in Iowa where I will get to practice medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Sept. 25, 2013