Stephen J. Gleich, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and anesthesiology?
Growing up, I had two passions in life: flying and medicine. I initially pursued a career in aviation and graduated from college with an aviation degree. Despite the challenge and adventure of flying, something was missing. I soon realized that a career in medicine would provide deeper fulfillment. Aviation and anesthesiology share many similar characteristics, including extensive monitoring and working in a complex environment. I was immediately drawn to the physiological and procedural aspects of anesthesiology and am excited each day I drive to work!
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
The variety of surgical cases at Mayo Clinic is incredible. As a major referral medical center, Mayo attracts challenging patients from all over the world, while also providing care to local and regional Midwest patients. As a result, anesthesia residents are exposed to tremendous variety and volume. We see everything from extremely rare disorders to traumas and common surgical cases. The training experience is broad and far-reaching, preparing residents for anything they might encounter in future practice.
What makes Mayo Clinic's Anesthesiology Residency unique?
Mayo Clinic has superb training resources, and the anesthesia residency utilizes many of Mayo's assets. Mayo Clinic established a large and modern multidisciplinary simulation center, which provides impressively realistic clinical scenarios to be experienced in a team environment. In addition, a wide variety of clinical electives are available throughout the residency with renowned experts, including subspecialty rotations, transplant medicine and extensive research opportunities. The entire experience is unparalleled.
Has anything about your residency experience or Mayo Clinic surprised you?
The consultants (attendings) in the Department of Anesthesia are leaders in their respective fields. Despite their specialized expertise, they offer extensive individual teaching in the operating room each day. I am continually impressed at their approachability, encouragement and support, even to clarify the simplest or most general concepts upon which to feel confident in patient care. Every day provides new learning opportunities and a chance to experience the camaraderie that exists between residents and faculty.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
I was born and raised in Rochester, went away for college and flight training, returned for medical school as well as anesthesiology training, and it still feels like home! Rochester is unique in being a small town with big-city opportunities, including the presence of a major medical center. Affordable housing, a very safe city, easy accessibility to everything that one needs, and a family-friendly environment all describe Rochester. Contrary to popular rumors, winters are wonderful, as are all of the changing seasons. Rochester is a healthy, happy place to live.
What does your future look like right now?
Prior to beginning a residency in anesthesiology, I completed a residency in pediatrics. My ultimate career goals include combining practice in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care medicine in an academic setting. Anesthesiology residency training at Mayo Clinic will provide me with extensive and broad training in anesthesiology, which I will be able to apply to future practice. I very much appreciate the opportunity that I have to train at Mayo Clinic and anticipate being well prepared for a rewarding career.