Sarah Knievel, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?
I was attracted to medicine because it is a balance of science, strategy, and personal interaction. The decision to enter physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) was an easy one. PMR is a specialty that focuses primarily on the restoration of function. It is fascinating to work with complex patients with the intent to restore mobility, independence, and their ability to reach personal goals. Patient success ranges from resuming the activities of daily living to obtaining a personal record in a 10K race. I enjoy both the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of my job that ultimately provide patients with tools to help themselves.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
Mayo Clinic is a unique institution that focuses on patient care, education, and research. I wanted to do my residency in a world-class hospital that would provide the greatest breadth and depth of experience possible. Given their core values, Mayo Clinic continues to strive for improvement and I feel lucky to a part of this constantly evolving environment.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency unique?
Mayo Clinic has a longstanding history with the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation resulting in a well rounded residency program. The teaching is excellent with integrated instruction from neurology to anesthesia. Our graduating residents leave with substantial exposure and experience allowing movement to competitive fellowships and jobs.
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
Given that Rochester is not located in a large metropolitan area, I was surprised with the diversity of both pathology and patient population.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
Initially, it was a tough transition from Denver. By changing my road biking schedule and adopting cross country skiing, I am still able to spend a lot of time outside. I just needed to buy more outdoor gear.
What does your future look like right now?
Great! I am looking forward to next year; after graduation, I will be doing a fellowship in pain medicine at Mayo Clinic.