Why did you choose research as a career?
After attending workshops, Grand Rounds and networking events early in my undergraduate career, I realized that research is critical to the advancement of the medical field. Then, I sought several research experiences in basic biology.
Later I discovered that programs such as the M.D.-Ph.D. Program I am currently enrolled in existed to build both research and clinical skills. As I enhanced my understanding of the role of a clinician-scientist in caring for patients and bridging gaps in the quality of care available, I knew that such a role suited my professional values.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?
Mayo Clinic draws students and patients from all over the United States and the world, which creates a unique educational environment within the relatively small town of Rochester.
Mayo also emphasizes patient needs, which shapes the way that students learn and interact with other professionals. The environment at Mayo is welcoming, energetic and collaborative — without excessive competition to undermine the institution's values.
I came to Mayo because I could see myself maturing as a future physician and scientist through the benefits of quality training in an environment that exudes respect for all aspects of humanity.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
I enrolled at Mayo Clinic with a plan to understand and enhance mechanisms that support organ regeneration. After my two years of medical education, I recognized a gap in my understanding of how basic science principles could evolve into practices that improve patient outcomes. To address this gap, I pursued the clinical and translational science track, which has allowed me to gain exposure to all stages of the translation process while pursuing my specific research interests.
What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?
I like Mayo Clinic and the slower pace of a smaller town.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to be an endocrine surgeon and clinical researcher.