What attracted you to cardiology?
Cardiology is a field that brings immense satisfaction to a physician due to the correlation between symptoms, physical exam, diagnosis and therapy. The ability to discern dyspnea due to severe aortic stenosis, quantify it on exam and treat percutaneously is an incredible privilege.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
Mayo excels in clinical care, from physicians to technicians. I am learning every day from all of the talent surrounding me.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship unique?
The training is incredibly hands-on from an attending level, and autonomy is given when appropriate. I am hip-to-hip with the country's most respected and established clinicians, with constant discussion and feedback on some of the toughest clinical cases.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I am pleasantly surprised with the class diversity that is represented among our patients. We meet folks from all backgrounds, which is essential in learning how to communicate and elicit unique patient preferences for decisions with equipoise.
What is it like living in Rochester, Minn.?
We have the most gorgeous, crisp autumns.
What does your future look like right now?
I am nearing the end of a five-year fellowship, which included coronary and structural interventional training. I am confident that I could not be better positioned by my training for my current search for an academic cardiology job at a high-volume center.
Sept. 27, 2013