Sylvia Jaramillo, M.D.

What attracted you to Internal Medicine?

I was attracted to internal medicine because it is a field in which one never stops learning. I loved the idea of being an old fashioned kind of doctor, you know, like the ones that could address almost any concern with as few tools as necessary. Understanding disease and how it manifests itself is the core of internal medicine and the opportunities are limitless to become a strong physician at Mayo Clinic. A life in internal medicine allows you to be on the front line of patient care and to be present during some of the most important times of someone's life.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

I was attracted to Mayo Clinic initially because it is renowned worldwide for the quality of care patients receive. I have always been a patient's advocate and by being at Mayo, I am learning how to fully implement the Mayo brothers' philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first" into my daily practice. I am fortunate enough to be working everyday with people who feel the same way. The collaboration that occurs among doctors of each subspecialty and those of different levels of training is what makes Mayo Clinic powerful. Even as an intern, my opinion is respected and valued as I discuss my medical decision-making with the team.

What makes Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine residency unique?

The high quality of daily conferences and frequent interaction with consultants has been invaluable. When you have to miss a noon conference it's like you almost feel bad that day. Many residents often come in on their days off so that they won't miss out! Now that sort of thing just doesn't happen in many places.

What does your future look like right now?

The opportunities for research projects and future sub-specialty opportunities are unparalleled. The knowledge and leadership experiences I am gaining now will change the rest of my life. Becoming a Mayo trained physician has ensured the doors in my future are wide open.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

I can tell you that there are few cities that are centered on the culture of one hospital. And this hospital certainly has culture. People come from all over the world for their health care and Rochester certainly caters to them. Rochester maintains a small town feel and is very family oriented. In fact, it has been consecutively voted among the best places to raise a family. While there are some cold months, it's true; this is all part of the renowned warmth of the Minnesota culture.

July 06, 2012