What attracted you to cardiology?
I enjoy the real-time ability to make differences in patients' lives, cardiology's research-driven focus and the opportunity for continuity of care.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
I grew up in Minnesota and now have two children. I wanted to be close to family but still have world-class training. Mayo offered that combination.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship unique?
I think the fellowship program sets itself apart from others by the quality of its conferences and teaching. There are more high-quality cardiovascular conferences each week than I can attend. Teaching often comes from physicians who are not only experts in their field but also have written the national guidelines.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I have been surprised by how well Mayo's systems and support staff work. Patients move efficiently and seamlessly through the Mayo system, which then allows me to spend more time concentrating on learning, research and patient care.
What is it like living in Rochester, Minn.?
Rochester is an affordable, safe, vibrant community, where I have enjoyed living the past few years. We have been able to buy a house here and have found excellent educational opportunities for our children as well as lifelong friends. If a taste of big-city life is needed, the Twin Cities are a little more than an hour away.
What does your future look like right now?
Things are bright. I'm looking forward to a second year of advanced cardiovascular imaging. I am confident I will finish the fellowship with an excellent grasp of cardiology and have the skills and tools necessary to make a difference in patients' lives.
Sept. 27, 2013