Angel L. Ortiz Rodriguez

Why did you choose research as a career?

Research provides the foundation for science and its development. It gives physicians the opportunity to address questions found in the medical practice field and to generate knowledge that can be applied to patient care.

For me, a physician who comprehends the fundamental basis of the research and how it is conducted possesses certain advantages and abilities that aid in the patient's health.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?

As a medical student who enjoys the pursuit of new knowledge and the development of society through research, I want to become part of the next generation of leaders in both academic medicine and research.

As a future physician-scientist, the incorporation of research into my clinical practice will allow me to bridge the gap between research and patient care. I will be able to ask clinically relevant questions that lead to faster development and translation of scientific findings into clinical treatment. I firmly believe that Mayo Clinic provides the necessary tools and resources required to become an excellent researcher.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

I am interested in clinical and translational research because this field allows the dynamicity to apply scientific findings into medical practice. Thus, one is able to grasp the relevance of a study by implementing findings into the care of patients. For me, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing that the results of my research are benefiting other people.

What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?

Rochester is a beautiful city with very nice and welcoming people. The "Minnesota nice" culture is a real thing, and it's amazing. I've also enjoyed the great variety of parks and trails, which allow me to incorporate physical activity while at the same time enjoying the scenery.

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to finish the medical and master's degrees. Afterwards, I will apply for a urology residency program in an institution that integrates research, medical training and patient care.