Jeremiah B. Joyce

Why did you choose research as a career?

As quickly as science is changing and advancing, it can be daunting to implement scientific discoveries into the clinical approach. I think the best way to bring an understanding and appreciation of ongoing research into my future clinical practice is to delve deeply into it during my time at Mayo.

Through interfacing with other researchers and mentors in laboratory-based practices, I am learning to value and — more importantly — to think critically about the scientific basis of my ongoing medical education.

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

I'm a big believer in Mayo's three-shield philosophy of patient care, education and research. With this approach, Mayo has always produced quality, well-rounded physicians and medical students. To provide the best care for future patients, I was inspired to add research at the graduate level to my medical education.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

Since starting medical school, I've been fascinated with the idea of individualized medicine — of one day being able to determine who will and will not respond to a therapy and whether an adverse effect is likely to occur for an individual. Knowing this would allow for safer, more effective and overall higher quality care for future patients.

Through the Center for Individualized Medicine and CCaTS, I was able to form great connections with researchers here at Mayo Clinic who are answering these individualized medicine research questions.

What do you like about Rochester?

For my wife and me, Rochester is the perfect mix of urban and rural. We enjoy the growing downtown and great public events like the farmers market and Thursdays on First, but also take advantage of the nearby access to Minnesota's outdoor recreation: cycling, rock climbing and camping.

What are your plans for the future?

I'm currently undecided about future specialty plans, but I am leaning towards psychiatry or primary care.