Andree Koop, M.D. (I ’18)
Executive Committee Member
Mayo Clinic Florida-Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education representative
Resident, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
“As residents, we can get sucked into the workload of putting in orders and other aspects of the electronic health record. It’s important to stay focused on the patient despite the other technology requirements.”
- Residency: Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
- Medical school: Dartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire
- Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville
- Native of: Naples, Florida
Why did you decide to pursue medicine?
My dad is an internal medicine physician, so I had a lot of exposure to medicine while growing up. I felt like medicine was a good balance of being able to use science and helping people. I enjoy learning about things on a cellular level.
I plan to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology. I like the diversity of diseases and the procedural aspect of the specialty.
Why did you train at Mayo Clinic?
I wanted to be back in the Florida area and was very impressed when I interviewed at Mayo Clinic. Everyone said patients come first, and I could see that they really practiced that. Mayo also really values resident education. Our simulation lab is state-of –the-art. The training here is collaborative and patient focused. Mayo allows us to spend good quality time with patients.
What valuable lesson have you learned at Mayo Clinic?
Never forget the patient. As residents, we can get sucked into the workload of putting in orders and other aspects of the electronic health record. It’s important to stay focused on the patient despite the other technology requirements.
What was your initial impression of Mayo Clinic?
Everything is new at the hospital — tidy, sleek and well organized. Everyone was friendly. Patients seemed very satisfied with their care. It seemed like a top-of-the-line institution. I haven’t been disappointed.
What do you contribute to the Alumni Association?
I’m president of the Mayo Fellows Association in Florida, and we hold a lot of events — social, community service, etc. — for our residents and fellows. I can share what I learn from them with the Alumni Association.
What do you do in your spare time?
I spend time with my wife and our dog. We go to the beach, and I exercise and fish. My wife is a pediatric occupational therapist.
I want to be a great physician but also spend time with my family and have a life outside of medicine. As physicians, we spend about 90 percent of our days in front of a computer. I’m always trying to become more efficient in my work. Having outlets outside of work is important to take care of myself.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a fraternal triplet. Three boys — one with red hair (me), one with brown hair and one with blond hair. One of my brothers is doing an internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. The other is in business.