Pedro J. Baez
Why did you choose research as a career?
Research is an exciting field to be working on, especially as technology in medicine continues to advance at an exponential rate. I think that research gives you the opportunity to contribute to answering the questions in science and medicine that currently have no answers.
It will make me able to stay at the frontier of knowledge in medicine so that in the individual setting I can provide my patients with better care. It also will give me the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of health care as a whole.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
During the summer after my first year in medical school, I had the opportunity to conduct research at Mayo Clinic. At that time, I saw how research and medicine can become intertwined in a system that conducts patient care driven by research for the betterment of health care. I then decided to continue a path toward becoming a physician-scientist.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
After having my first research experience in the biomedical sciences, I knew that I wanted to conduct patient-driven research and aid in the process of translating new discoveries into the field.
I believe that this track will help me in combining my two goals — to practice as a physician and a scientist at the same time.
What do you like about living in Rochester, Minnesota?
Rochester is a very tranquil city, and the people are most welcoming and friendly.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plan is to complete my research and medical training so that in the future I can practice in the field of gastroenterology and conduct research in liver diseases.