Srijana Zarkou, M.D.

What attracted you to medicine and neurology?
Neurology is a field that encompasses many types of conditions. I knew that I'd have the opportunity to see patients who are young and old, with acute and chronic conditions.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
As a medical student, I did a neurology rotation at Mayo. I was struck by how happy the residents were. They were committed to their education and to patient care. The culture of learning was apparent not just within the Neurology Department but across the whole institution. I noticed that the residents regularly saw patients with common neurological problems, but they were also able to see patients with rare conditions. After my rotation, I knew that I wanted to train here.

What makes Mayo Clinic Arizona's Neurology Residency unique?
The attending physicians here love to teach. The emphasis on education is unparalleled. For example, our Clinical Neurophysiology course is a two-month course we take during our third year. In addition to having formal lectures, we learn how to perform EMG/NCV and read EEGs. We also have other courses throughout our residency including an introductory and advanced lecture series, neuroanatomy and basic neurosciences. We are encouraged to think critically about each patient and practice evidence-based medicine.

What is living in Arizona (Phoenix/Scottsdale) like for you?
I grew up in Arizona and have always enjoyed the various outdoor activities here. The weather is warm, but only two hours away I can go to north and spend time in the snow. Within Phoenix, there are scenic hiking and biking trails. My husband and I have a three-year-old daughter and have found that Phoenix is a very family-friendly city. This is a great place for her to grow up.

What does your future look like right now? Because I've had such positive interactions during residency, I will to continue my fellowship training here at Mayo Clinic in Arizona in Clinical Neurophysiology.