Jaime A. Aponte Ortiz

Why did you choose research as a career?

I have always aspired to contribute to medicine with new knowledge that can lead to increased life expectancy and life quality for patients.

As medicine evolves constantly and moves toward an evidence based-approach, I am fascinated by physician-scientists' capacity to improve treatment outcomes by answering research questions. Additionally, research will allow me to make an impact beyond my clinical practice.

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

Mayo Clinic's mission to contribute to health by providing the best care through integrated clinical practice, education and research is very consistent with my values regarding my career. Additionally, Mayo Clinic has a very diverse faculty and student body, who enrich the academic experience by collaborating toward this common goal.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

The clinical and translational science track provides a vast amount of essential knowledge and skills for pursuing a research career. The opportunity to be in Mayo Clinic, collaborating with many experts in my fields of interest while training though the track coursework, was a fundamental element in my decision.

What do you like about Rochester?

Rochester is a beautiful city filled with great people, great cultural diversity, great cuisine and many interesting activities, which makes it a fantastic place to live.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to return to Puerto Rico and complete my medical degree in addition to my master's degree. Afterward, I will apply for an otolaryngology — head and neck surgery residency. I want to practice in an academic setting in order to incorporate research into my practice so I can make a long-lasting impact in the field and, most importantly, in patients' lives.