Mike Wilson, M.D.

What attracted you to Internal Medicine?

I have a love affair with the physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology of the kidney, adrenals, heart, lungs, gut, liver, thyroid, pancreas, and gall bladder. Combine this with the responsibility to treat any medical problem, ethical issues such as end of life care, and being at the forefront of wisely using health care dollars — this is why I love internal medicine. It's a challenge. Everyday I leave the hospital with the simple satisfaction that I have done something to help another human being. There is no greater reward.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

Every patient who comes through the doors of Mayo expects world-class medical care. I knew that if I trained here, I would see and learn from a medical system that has engendered the trust of millions of people. This is a place where you walk in the door and everyone (including the allied health staff) not only takes great pride in their jobs, but always thinks about how to improve the system. Diagnosis and treatment of disease can be learned in numerous quality programs across the country. The environment here, resources, and colleagues who push the boundaries of medical innovation make Mayo a training ground for leaders in health care.

What makes Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residency unique?

On my interview day, I expressed interest in pulmonology/critical care. By the end of that day, the program leadership had arranged on short notice for me to meet with two faculty members. I was quietly impressed with this faculty who took time from a busy afternoon in the clinic to meet with me, an unexpected applicant. When I arrived as an intern, my assigned pulmonology mentor connected me with four possible research mentors. I quickly chose two projects and my first manuscripts are currently in preparation. My mentor has arranged collaboration with two national experts from different medical centers, one of whom is the president of one of the largest professional medical societies in the nation. I wish to highlight the authentic mentorship and collaboration that exists at Mayo. Whether your interests are research or clinical, critical care or geriatrics, you will find someone at Mayo who wants to help you succeed.

Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

  • The residents are genuinely happy.
  • You see bread and butter medicine in addition to amazing pathology.
  • Everyone goes to noon conferences. The conferences are really good.
  • In my first four months of training I did three central lines, three paracenteses, and two thoracenteses.
  • Consultations and lab results are delivered promptly. I can rule out a pulmonary embolism at 3 a.m. Consulting services are happy to teach me and answer my questions at practically any hour.
  • I thought I would get lost in such a big program. Thanks to a well designed program, this is the opposite of what I've experienced.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

Although Rochester does not offer big city life, I am quite happy living here. I am single and have found amazing friends from about five countries with whom to share a variety of activities. During my first six months here, I sailed for the first time, ran just about every one of the numerous city trails, bicycled trails in nearby picturesque cities, went salsa dancing, and enjoyed world-class theater and dining in Minneapolis.

What does your future look like right now?

I plan to pursue a career in pulmonology/critical care at an academic institution, specifically translational and outcomes research in the ICU. I am excited to continue honing my outpatient and inpatient skills as an internist. As the months go by, I am surprised at how well Mayo is preparing me to accomplish my goals.

July 06, 2012