Rebecca L. Hurst, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and neurology?
I knew I wanted something related to science, and I was fascinated by human physiology. I liked interacting with people and learning their stories. I realized that these elements together were part of medicine and would help me stay challenged. Helping people by practicing medicine and implementing health education was something I always felt passionate about. Neurology interested me because of the puzzle of localization as well as the vast opportunity to improve diagnosis and treatment.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
The emphasis on education is paramount. The goal is truly your learning as a resident. There are opportunities in didactics, labs, clinical neurophysiology courses and conferences. There is also an opportunity for residents to be involved in research. In addition, the schedule for residents is not overwhelming and manageable, so you can have a balanced life. The fellow residents I met were happy, and we had similar interests and got along well.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Adult Neurology Residency unique?
You will not meet a more involved program director than Dr. David Capobianco. If there is a concern or problem, he is on top of it. Residents are involved in decision making about program changes, and their suggestions about changes are heard and are implemented.
The patient population is unique — you see your everyday neurology, but you also see the case reports you read about (and can write up).
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
The amount of support you get from attending physicians is amazing — you learn one-on-one with them. You are never alone and can call with any question about a patient anytime. You are allowed significant time to staff patients and sit with an attending physician to review imaging and physical exam findings. It is extremely beneficial for learning.
What is living in Jacksonville, Fla., like for you?
It is a great city to live in no matter your interests. There are a variety of places to enjoy eclectic food, from casual to upscale. The weather is amazing, and you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. The beach makes relaxing easy, whether it's running, reading or surfing. There is always something to do, including going to festivals or traveling to nearby Disney World.
What does your future look like right now?
I am in the midst of trying to decide which part of neurology is for me. I am in no rush to make a decision because I enjoy both the hospital and the clinic and still want to experience a variety of subspecialties. As a rising PGY-3, my future will be deciding on what fellowship I wish to pursue. I am recently married, and my husband and I are enjoying married life and looking forward to our future and someday having a family.