Mayo Clinic Residency Match 2021

“Honk, honk! I matched at Mayo!” — Mayo Clinic residency match 2021

Match Day 2021 is like no other. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester convened in a parking lot. On the Arizona campus, the gathering spot was the top level of a parking garage. Students remained in their cars, disembarked to collect their envelopes and opened them in their vehicles.

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association and alumni around the world congratulate these resilient new physicians. Training in medicine during the pandemic has been fraught with challenges, and these students have adapted and soldiered on.

Please take time to learn more about these future colleagues — where they’ve been, where they’re headed and who helped them along the way.

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Rohin Aggarwal

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Maryland

Graduate: M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Hometown: Macon, Georgia

Dream job: Academic general internist, health equity researcher, community advocate, medical educator

Why you chose MCASOM: During my interview day, I remember feeling a strong sense of support from the school to pursue many potential career pathways. On both individual and institutional levels, Mayo and its faculty and staff are dedicated to patient-centered care and a well-rounded education for students.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: There are so many individuals at Mayo who have supported me throughout my time here. Dr. David Rosenman (HMED ’04, CLRSH ’07, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine) was the first person who introduced me to wide breadth of career pathways within internal medicine and was kind enough to let me shadow him as a first-year medical student. Dr. Jennifer Kleinman-Sween (HIM ‘14, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), Dr. Deanne Kashiwagi (HIM ‘09, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine) and Dr. Luke Hafdahl (CMR ’15, I ’15, Division of Community Internal Medicine) were excellent teachers in clinical medicine and patient-centered care, and encouraged me to develop skills that will be invaluable in residency and beyond. Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Darcy Reed (MED ’00, I ’03, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs, MCASOM), Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) and Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) were all extremely supportive in getting me and colleagues through an unprecedented year as we took the next step in our medical careers. I’m very grateful to all these individuals and so many more!

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Teamwork is essential in providing the best care to our patients. It is important to value the roles of each team member, especially the patient.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I’m the only member of my immediate family who speaks fewer than three languages.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Throughout the journey, find ways to remind yourself why you are here and pursuing this challenging yet rewarding career. Listen to and take care of your mind and body. Always try to find time for those who support you, both near and far!

 

 Ahmad Aljobeh

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Surgery – preliminary, University of California, San Francisco

Undergraduate: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Hometown: Valparaiso, Indiana

Dream job: Academic surgeon involved with teaching and mentoring medical students and residents

Why you chose MCASOM: I chose Mayo for the opportunity to individualize my learning and clinical experiences throughout the first two years by planning my own selectives. I was also impressed with the kindness of the students I met on my interview day. (My host went out of his way to pick me up from the airport!)

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I will forever be thankful for everything Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM) has done for me and for the rest of the medical students. I am grateful to Dr. John Stulak (S ’06, TS ’08, CS ’09, TS ’10, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery) for his guidance throughout the residency application process and to Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino (NS ’08, Department of Neurologic Surgery) for his mentorship. I am also thankful to Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) for always advocating on the students’ behalf and to Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos at Yale School of Medicine for inspiring me to pursue an academic career and never stop asking questions.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: You have the chance to be the best part of what may be your patients’ worst days.

What would people be surprised to know about you: This year I am celebrating Match Day with my sister Leena who applied to family medicine residencies from Indiana University.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Form strong relationships with mentors early, and make sure you keep in touch with them.

 

 Kylie Andersen

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Pediatrics – anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution name: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Hometown: Carver, Minnesota

Dream job: Pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist

Why you chose MCASOM: Growing up in Minnesota, I knew of Mayo Clinic’s reputation for providing exceptional care to patients. On my interview day, I saw tangible ways providers and the institution as a whole prioritized the needs of the patients. I was excited by the opportunity to learn from individuals who were not only clinical leaders in their respective fields but who also recognized the for their compassion and humanism.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Diana Kelm (I ’13, CMR ’14, THDCC ’17), Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Michael Joyner (ANES ’92, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), Dr. Juan Ripoll Sanz (I ’18, ANES ’21, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), Dr. Randall Flick (ANES ’95, director, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center), Dr. Gregory Schears (ANES ’01, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: There are times when our conversations with patients will be more therapeutic than any pharmaceutical or procedural intervention we have to offer.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I cried when I lost my first tooth and I didn’t have a reason why.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Find time to do the things that you love and that help you recharge. Medical training is long and taking care of yourself helps you provide the best care to patients.

 

 Brandon Barrett

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Medicine – preliminary, anesthesiology, University of Maryland Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Undergraduate: Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Hometown: Lancaster, New York

Dream job: Splitting my time between being an OR anesthesiologist and ICU intensivist

Why you chose MCASOM: I chose MCASOM because of the clear dedication to the Mayo values that everyone, including deans and students, showed during my interview day. It felt like a different way to practice medicine than I’d seen before and somewhere I wanted to start my training.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career:  I’m grateful to so many who have helped me on my journey through medical school including Dr. James Munis (ANES ’01), Paul Warner, M.D. (MED ’12, I1 ’13, ANES ’16), Dr. Emily Sharpe (ANES ’14), Dr. Lindsay Warner (MED ’14, I ’15, ANES ’18, ANPD ’19, ANOB ’20) and Dr. Lindsay Hunter Guevara (MED ’14, ANES ’18, ANPD ’19) — all from Mayo Clinic’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine — for introducing me to anesthesiology and supporting me ever since. Dr. Emily Leasure (PCIM ’16, Division of Community Internal Medicine) for being an incredible role model and for her support and encouragement to grow as a student and provider. Dr. Edwin Bowe and Dr. Kevin Hatton from the University of Kentucky Department of Anesthesiology for guiding me through an incredible research fellowship experience. And of course, Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Darcy Reed (MED ’00, I ’03, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs, MCASOM), Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) and Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) for helping make MCASOM my home away from home.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from medical school at Mayo Clinic is that each extra inch you’re able to give for your patients can mean miles for them.

What would people be surprised to know about you: One of my dreams is to one day own and run a coffee shop/café.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Whatever drew you to medicine in the first place is valid and meaningful. Try not to compare your story to others’ stories because there’s something unique and special about it just being yours.

 

 Laura Barron

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

Dream job: Neonatologist involved in medical education

Why you chose MCASOM: I chose MCASOM because of the collaborative, supportive environment, abundance of opportunities and dedication to top-notch patient care. I knew that MCASOM would provide me with an outstanding clinical education while allowing me to explore my personal interests through the selective program.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: 

I have been fortunate to learn from many amazing mentors throughout my time at Mayo. I would especially like to thank Philip Fischer, M.D. (PD ’99, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), Charlotte Van Dorn, M.D. (PD ’11, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine), Kelsey Klaas, M.D. (PD ’15, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), and Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner, M.D. (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), for their invaluable guidance and continual encouragement throughout my medical school career.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The needs of the patient come first

What would people be surprised to know about you: I considered a career in music prior to attending medical school.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Remember to take time for yourself and continue to pursue your interests outside of medicine.

 

Adip Bhargav

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Neurological surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park

Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

Dream job: Academic neurosurgeon with a translational research program

Why you chose MCASOM: Tight-knit class, Mayo Clinic values, faculty mentorship.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: The entire department of neurosurgery has been incredibly supportive and offered me guidance at each stage of medical school and in many capacities. Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa (NS ’16, chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic in Florida), who was my HHMI fellowship mentor, taught me the importance of dreaming big and being passionate, intense and persevering in the work that you do while maintaining the highest level of compassion for your patients and colleagues. Dr. Fredric Meyer (NS ’88, executive dean of Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science), Dr. Robert Spinner (MDPH ’89, NS ’00, chair, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Ian Parney (NS ’08, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) and Dr. Jamie Van Gompel (CI ’11, NS ’12, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) helped me to refine my goals and interests by exposing me to the amazing field of neurosurgery. Dr. Mohamad Bydon (NS ’15, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) and Dr. Michael Link (MED ’90, NS ’96, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) served as my career advisory mentors, connected me with many opportunities and offered invaluable advice starting as a first-year medical student. And many more mentors that are too many to name outside of neurosurgery and throughout medical school, including Dr. Lorenzo Rinaldo (NS ’21, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Benjamin Himes (CI ’20, NS ’20, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Desmond Brown (NS ’18, NSON ’21, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) and Dr. Michael Ruff (I1 ’14, N ’17, NONC ’18, Department of Neurology), who helped cultivate my interest in the neurosciences and research.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The needs of the patient come first.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Do at least one thing each day to improve yourself.

 

 Shubhang Bhatt

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Scottsdale, Arizona

Graduate Institution: Masters in Science of Healthcare Delivery, Arizona State University

Undergraduate Institution name: University of California, Davis

Hometown: Rajasthan, India

Dream job: Clinical educator and a community liaison working in an academic medical center

Why you chose MCASOM: I could not have asked for a better combination of genuinely kindhearted people, strong academics, and invaluable mentors. I admire the mission-driven culture of Mayo Clinic, and it is reflected in individuals at all levels. “The needs of the patient come first” is not just a byline but a guiding principle which I saw in practice every day.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: My med school journey has been touched by so many individuals that I cannot name them all. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Kenneth Mishark (I ’91, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Dr. Fadi Shamoun (CV ’10, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Dr. Sara Dawit (N ’20, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Joseph Drazkowski (N ’01, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), and Dr. Nick Boe (HIM ’16, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona) for being my guiding light and for always keeping it “real” with me.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The value of self-care should not be underestimated. You must take care of yourself to be able to provide best care to your patients.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I make awesome chai and I can live off of paneer.

Advice for future MCASOM students: If there is something you want, or wish was different, trust yourself to take that first step toward that improvement. “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled”- Les Brown.

 

 Erin Bolen

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Undergraduate Institution name: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Dream job: Subspecialty pediatrician, potentially in PICU, neonatology or hem-onc, with a focus on symptom management and quality of life

Why you chose MCASOM: When it came down to it, I was incredibly impressed by the faculty and administration members I met during my interview day and felt like they had made a personal investment in me even before I arrived. I have come to appreciate the small class size that allows individualized support of students and their career goals as well as gives you an immediate peer group that provides incredible support.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I have been blessed to work with some incredible clinicians. One of the first was Dr. Deborah Tom, a neonatologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, who has a remarkable passion and endless energy for her job and patients. She always made time to talk with me about my journey. In school, I had invaluable support through anatomy from Dr. Natalie Langley (APTH ’19, Division of Anatomic Pathology) and Dr. Sonya Van Nuland, who were empathetic to my emotional struggles and helped me find my inner strength to deal with it. My research mentors, Dr. Mira Keddis (I ’09, CMR ’10, NEPH ’13, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension) and Dr. Kelly Wu (GIM ’16, Division of General Internal Medicine), have not only helped me learn the art of putting together clinical questions but also gave me incredible personal encouragement, whether I was working ahead or incredibly behind.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: It’s so important to believe in the strengths that got you this far and recognize they are still present even when you feel like you’re floundering. As a lifelong learner in medicine, you are going to make mistakes again and again, but this isn’t a reflection on your ability or any sort of failure. Rather, it’s part of the process so that when you run into the same situation again, you’re ready with a new toolbox.

What would people be surprised to know about you: My classmates are well aware of this, but most people are surprised I worked for almost a decade as a professional sports writer for newspapers and internet sites, starting out by working for the Dallas Cowboys for two years. My classmates might be surprised to learn I toured internationally with a girls’ choir during my middle school years.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Make time for the things that make you happy. It’s so tempting to make your entire life about school, studying and clerkships. But that is incredibly wearing and ends up burning you down in a remarkably short period of time. A little planning on how you’re going to work in the things you love is more worth it than you can imagine.

 

 Katerina Castillo

MCASOM campus: Rochester,Minnesota

Residency match: Medicine – pediatrics, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor

Undergraduate Institution name: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Hometown: Irpin, Ukraine, and Traverse City, Michigan

Dream job: I would love to do a combination of hospital medicine in both internal medicine and pediatrics, as well as be a primary care provider in an underserved community and work with medical trainees. Somewhere in the mix, I would also like to partner in sustainable development and medical education globally.

Why you chose MCASOM: When I visited Mayo for my interview, I felt at home. It was such a wonderful community that had the perfect combination of everything I wanted for my medical education: small class size, mentorship, incredible leadership, personalized education and opportunities, excellent academics, all at one of the best medical institutions in the world! It was also clear that Mayo Clinic was a values-driven organization and that patient care was at the center of everything.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Lindsey Dickinson who was my adviser when I started classes at my community college and who believed in me from the very beginning, Catalina Ormsby who helped me excel at University of Michigan, Dr. Deanne Kashiwagi (HIM ’09, chair, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE) who provided mentorship for pursuing a career in med-peds, Dr. Narjust Duma (HEMO ’19) who taught me that one can excel in academics while serving their community and working to reduce health disparities, Dr. Erin Knoebel  (NEPH ’04, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) who models the compassionate and patient-centered clinician and educator I hope to be, and Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), who has dedicated her career to our education, and has been personally involved in the success of each student.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Great medicine requires the collaboration of many committed team members.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I have eight siblings!

Advice for future MCASOM students: Medical training is a long journey, and one can easily forget what initially drew them to medicine. Take time to reflect, do not let your idealism go, and remember that you can create your own definition of success and make your career whatever you want it to be!

 

Cynthia Chweya

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Otolaryngology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Hometown: New Hope, Minnesota, and Kisii, Kenya

Dream job: Academic otolaryngology

Why you chose MCASOM:  During my interview day, it was readily apparent that MCASOM is a place where each medical student is supported as a whole person — from the wellness resources to the structure of the curriculum to the mentorship programs. Coming from a large undergraduate institution, I really valued the small class size and the sense of community and camaraderie that comes with it. I was also drawn to the selective weeks which provide the opportunity to choose your own adventure during medical school by providing the time to explore specialties and interests or simply take a break! Not to mention, the unparalleled clinical education and opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I’ve had so many awesome mentors over the years — the whole department of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery has been an invaluable source of guidance and support, and I am deeply grateful! Dr. Jeffrey Janus (ENT ’13, ENTH ’14, chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Audiology, Mayo Clinic in Florida) was my first CAMP mentor, and he ignited my interest in otolaryngology by exposing me to the breadth and depth of the specialty. Dr. Matthew Carlson (ENT ’12, chair, Division of Otology/Neurotology) has provided innumerable opportunities for me to continue refining my interests and goals within otolaryngology. Dr. Janalee Stokken (ENT ’16, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) has been an incredible role model through the years.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The needs of the patient come first. Reorienting myself toward this core value has given the hustle and bustle of being a medical student so much more meaning.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Enjoy the journey, and don’t be afraid to lean on family, friends, classmates and mentors! Be present for and celebrate the “small” victories.

 

 Dyda Dao

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Surgery – preliminary, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland
Radiology – diagnostic/research, University of California San Diego Medical Center

Graduate: Master of Science in Health Research Methodology, McMaster University, Hamilton. Ontario, Canada

Undergraduate: McMaster University

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dream job: An academic radiologist who pursues impactful research, public health work, global health collaborations and community engagement (particularly in cancer screening and imaging, women’s health and health care access). I would also like to mentor and sponsor others in their education and career endeavors.

Why you chose MCASOM: Many reasons, including gut feeling, Mayo Clinic’s three shields, the primary focus on the needs of patients and the small class size.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am thankful for the opportunity to meet many individuals who have helped shape my perspectives and career goals. I am particularly grateful to Aminah Jatoi, M.D. (ONCL ’98, Division of Medical Oncology), and Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Ph.D. (HSR ’17, chair, Division of Clinical Trials and Biostatistics), for mentoring and sponsoring me early in my training.

I am also very grateful to Annie Packard, M.D. (RD ’16, RNUC ’17, Department of Radiology), Geoffrey Thompson M.D. (S ’88, Emeriti Staff), Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner, M.D. (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Rochelle Torgerson M.D., Ph.D. (MBIO ’00, MDPH ’00, I1 ’01, DERM ’04, DERMI ’05, dean of Career Advising, MCASOM), and many others.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Serving patients is a true privilege. Treat each and every patient as an individual, and spend more time learning from them.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I am a first-generation elementary and high school graduate, and my name was an error at birth (supposed to be Lisa).

Advice for future MCASOM students: 1) Be open-minded and compassionate. 2) Never lose sight of your true self and stay humble. 3) Don’t be afraid to pave your own path if you do not see a clear path that fits your passions, interests and goals.

 

 Emma DiFilippo 

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, Stanford University Programs, Stanford, California

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Dream job: Academic hospital-based malignant hematologist, clinical researcher and medical educator; and, more importantly, loving wife and mother.

Why you chose MCASOM: Mayo was the only medical school I applied to that wasn’t on one of the coasts or in a big city, but I was completely sucked in on interview day! I loved the small class size, close-knit feel of the school and especially the mission. I wanted to train to be a physician who puts her patients first, and that’s what Mayo offered above and beyond any other school.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am so grateful for the individuals I’ve met at Mayo who have taken me on as a mentee and helped guide my career in medicine. I often joke that there is too much mentorship at Mayo because so many people want to see you succeed!

In particular, I owe much to Dr. Mrinal Patnaik (HEMO ’11, Division of Hematology), Dr. Diana Kelm (I ’13, CMR ’14, THDCC ’17), Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Ryan Khodadadi (I ’20, Department of Medicine), Dr. Alice Gallo de Moraes (CCMI ’15, CTSA ’16, THDC ’17, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Rajiv Pruthi (HEMO ’95, Division of Hematology), Dr. Abhishek Mangaonkar (HEO ’19, BMTX ’20, Division of Hematology), and Dr. Jerry Brewer (DERM ’08, DSRG ’09, CTSA ’16, Department of Dermatology).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Simply being kind, present and willing to learn will get you far in your medical career.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I am a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan and have been known to cry during particularly tough losses (AFC Championship 2019, Super Bowl 2021).

Advice for future MCASOM students: Do not put your life on hold during your medical training! I got this advice as a first year and I am so glad I took it to heart. Of course, I will have fond memories of learning and growing as a physician during medical school. But, more importantly, I have fond memories of making lifelong friendships, meeting my future husband, visiting family and exploring Rochester/Minnesota/the Midwest. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind of medical school; give yourself permission to step away from your studies and enjoy your young life!

 

 Christiana (Noelle) Driver

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Graduate: M.S., Clinical and Translational Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Hometown: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Dream job: Pain specialist, working to increase access to evidence-based, holistic pain rehabilitation

Why you chose MCASOM: I resonated with the values of Mayo I saw exemplified during my interview day and second look. Dr. Susan Romanski (MED ’92, I ’95, ENDO ’99, Division of General Internal Medicine), Dr. Michael Bostwick (P ’98, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology), Dr. Janet Vittone (CIM ’95, Division of General Internal Medicine) and Dr. Chris Boswell (MED ’13, FM ’16, Department of Family Medicine) were some of the first people I met at Mayo, and I felt they genuinely cared about people and patient care.  I was also floored by the unparalleled resources available to MCASOM students.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: My deepest gratitude to Dr. Roberto Benzo (THDCC ’08, Department of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, principal investigator of the Mindful Breathing Laboratory), Dr. Rachel Havyer (MED ’03, I ’06, CMR ‘07, Department of Community Internal Medicine), Dr. Andrea Leep-Hunderfund (MED ’05, I1 ’06, N ’09, NEMG ’10, Department of Neurology), Dr. Sarah Dodd (I1 ’13, ANES ‘16, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), Dr. Toby Weingarten (I1 ’01, ANES ’04, PAIN ’05, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; Paul Novotny (Department of Health Sciences Research), Dr. Timothy Long (ANES ‘98, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine). Dr. Mary (Michelle) Winscott (FM ’11, Department of Family Medicine), Dr. Robalee Wanderman (I ’18, ANES ’21, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), Dr. Janet Vittone (CIM ’95, Division of General Internal Medicine), Dr. Chris Boswell (MED ’13, FM ’16, Department of Family Medicine), Hans Sviggum M.D. (MED ’07, ANES ’11, REG ’12, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), Dr. Syed Rizvi (HIM ‘09, Department of Internal Medicine), Dr. Michael Bostwick (P ’98, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology). Dr. Natalie Erbs (FM ’17, Department of Family Medicine), Dr. Jeffrey Geske (MED ’07, I ’10, CV ’14, Department of Cardiology), Dr. Darlene Nelson (I ’08, CMR ’09, THDCC ’12, Department of Pulmonology), Dr. Elise Carey (GIM ‘07, Division of General Internal Medicine), Dr. Paul Scanlon (MED ’78, Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine), Beth Kangas, Ph.D., executive director of the Zumbro Valley Medical Society, Dr. Ashok Patel (I ’90, THDCC ‘93, Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Debbie Dixon, (manager, Education operations) Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: An adviser told me, “You cannot do everything simultaneously, but you can do many things sequentially.”

What would people be surprised to know about you: I have taught swim lessons to adults and children for more than 10 years and would love to find a way to continue to do that later in my career.

Advice for future MCASOM students: It can be hard to know how you fit into the care team as a student, but I found seeing myself as a patient advocate helped make the days meaningful in a genuine way and reduced the focus on evaluations.

 

 Kelsey Frechette

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Transitional, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Radiation oncology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Dream job: To specialize in pediatric CNS malignancies and lymphoma; research on reduce long-term toxicities of radiation treatments specifically in children, focusing on CNS and lymphoma. Hope to be a part of national/international lymphoma and pediatric oncology groups some day!

Why you chose MCASOM: MCASOM perfectly aligned with my career ambitions and values as a future doctor. From the moment I had my interview, I could tell that MCASOM believed in me and saw me for who I am. I knew MCASOM would offer me a world-class clinical education and set me up to become absolutely anything I wanted. Additionally, I was set on radiation oncology early on and MCASOM was fully supportive of my very specific interests and offered incredible opportunities and resources so I could continue cultivating my interests.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: The first person I have to list is my greatest inspiration for pursuing medicine and specifically radiation oncology, which is my mother: Christina Frechette, M.D. (RADO ‘08). I am so grateful for my other radiation oncology mentors along the way that have been extremely instrumental in my budding career including Nadia Laack, M.D. (RADO ’06), and Kenneth Olivier, M.D. (RADO ’02).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Being a part of a strong team makes you a stronger individual. Surrounding yourself with people breeds better ideas, greater patient care and fosters a nurturing and supportive atmosphere that allows you to be your best self while working alongside others for a common goal.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I was a tennis instructor at the Rochester Athletic Club before college!

Advice for future MCASOM students: Trust your upperclassmen! They are the wisest and best resources for advice on how to study and thrive in medical school. Also, continue to do all the things you love during medical school – life doesn’t stop when you’re studying medicine.

 

 Jack Haglin

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Orthopaedic surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Phoenix, Arizona

Graduate Institution: Masters of Science in Science of Healthcare Delivery, Arizona State University

Undergraduate Institution name: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Hometown: Ottertail, Minnesota

Dream job: Academic orthopedics

Why you chose MCASOM: Excellence in mentorship, opportunity and, of course, patient care.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I owe everything to so many advisers. This includes but is not limited to Dr. Kenneth Egol at NYU, Dr. Mark Spangehl (ADLT ’98, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Dr. Joshua Bingham (OR ’17, ORAL ’18, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Dr. Tad Mabry (OR ’05, ORAL ’06, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Chris Camp (MED ’10, OR ’15, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Dioscaris Garcia (Brown University), Dr. Chris Born (Brown University), Dr. Alan Daniels (Brown University) and all the residents at Mayo Clinic in Arizona orthopedics, to name just a few.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Don’t shy away from opportunity here! And don’t be afraid to find a way to make your vision happen. Usually, if you send enough emails or ask enough people, whatever you envision can happen. Especially with the great people here at Mayo.

 

 Oluwatomilona “Tomilona” Ifelayo

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Obstetrics and gynecology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas

Undergraduate: Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Hometown: Richmond, Texas

Dream job: Medical school dean and educator/mentor to medical school, college and high school students

Why you chose MCASOM: The people I met cared about my values and worked to connect me with resources that would help me thrive.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: God (the ultimate adviser), my eighth-grade science teacher Miranda Embrick; my high school teachers Thomas and Victoria Wernau; my Baylor University mentors Jane Lin and Thomas McGrath, Ph.D.

At Mayo Clinic, Philip Fischer, M.D. (PD ’99, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), and Fredric Meyer, M.D. (NS ’88, executive dean of Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science). My “life” mentors Dionne Hart, M.D. (P ’07, Pediatric Diagnostic and Referral Clinic), LaPrincess Brewer, M.D. (CV ’16, Division of Preventive Cardiology), Nirusha Lachman, Ph.D. (ANAT ’07, chair, Department of Clinical Anatomy), Suleiman El-Amin, M.D. (P ’18, CAP ’20), Venkatesh Bellamkonda, M.D. (P ’07, EM ’10, Department of Emergency Medicine), Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations), Barbara Jordan (Office for Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Lydia Wheeler (BME ’22, MED ’23) and Eugene Bah (MDPH ’22, MPET ’22). Career mentors Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner, M.D. (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D. (OBG ’09), Stephanie Starr, M.D. (PD ’00, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), Daniel Breitkopf, M.D. (OBG ’10, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Isabel Green, M.D. (OBG ’16, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology); Abimbola Famuyide, M.B.B.S. (OBG’ 02, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology).

And my classmates, the Mayo Clinic patients and so many other people that have made an indelible impact on my life.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: For as much as you seek your identity and purpose within medicine, seek your identity and purpose outside of it.

What would people be surprised to know about you: In my fourth year of medical school, I created a YouTube initiative called “The NotSoSmooth Road” to reach back and encourage those on this journey to medicine.

Advice for future MCASOM students: You are not bothering anyone by advocating for yourself. Ask questions, ask for help and embrace the growth this journey engenders.

 

Reese Imhof

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Dermatology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Hometown: Port Washington, New York

Dream job: Dermatologist who puts the needs of patients first and is involved in a blend of patient care, medical education/mentorship, research and innovation

Why you chose MCASOM: When I first visited for my interview, I was completely blown away by the endless opportunities, as well as how kind, friendly and down to earth everyone was. I was impressed by the supportive environment and emphasis on mentorship through numerous programs (Med Family, CAMP mentors, Diversity & Inclusion mentors, etc). Most of all, Mayo’s humanistic, patient-centered approach to medicine and medical education aligns with my personal philosophy and the core reasons why I chose to become a doctor.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am so grateful to the many wonderful people who believed in me and set me up for success during my medical school journey. I would not be where I am today without my incredible dermatology mentors Rochelle Torgerson M.D., Ph.D. (MBIO ’00, MDPH ’00, I1 ’01, DERM ’04, DERMI ’05, dean of Career Advising, MCASOM), Megha Tollefson, M.D. (MED ’03, PD ’06, DERM ’10), and Rachel Miest, M.D. (MED ’11, I1 ’12, DERM ’15).

I am also grateful to Hafsa Cantwell, M.D. (MED ’17), Department of Dermatology, for helping me find my first dermatology research project as a first-year medical student. Special thanks to Caroline Davidge-Pitts, M.B., B.Ch. (I ’11, ENDO ’14), and Todd Nippoldt, M.D. (MED ’82, I ’85), both in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, for their support, research mentorship and involving me in so many exciting projects.

Many others have helped me along the way, including: Susan Romanski, M.D. (MED ’92, I ’95, ENDO ’99, Division of General Internal Medicine), and J. Michael Bostwick, M.D. (P ’98, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology), who have inspired me since I first met them during my medical school interview day; Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner, M.D. (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM, Department of Hematology/Oncology), Darcy Reed, M.D. (MED ’00, I ’03, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs, MCASOM, Department of Medicine), and Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations, MCASOM) for their tireless work for the medical school and for always being incredibly supportive of me.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: “No one is big enough to be independent of others” – Dr. William Worrall Mayo

“One of the signs of a truly educated people, and a broadly educated nation, is lack of prejudice.”- Dr. Charlie Mayo

“The glory of medicine is that it is constantly moving forward, that there is always more to learn.” – Dr. Will Mayo

What would people be surprised to know about you: My dad is Swiss, so I hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and Switzerland

Advice for future MCASOM students: Focus on taking the best possible care of patients, and everything else will fall into place. Always remember to take care of yourself as well because you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

 

 Maryama Ismail

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Obstetrics and gynecology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Undergraduate: George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Dream job: General community OB/GYN physician

Why you chose MCASOM: I was impressed by how kind and welcoming the people were and the happiness of the students.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: In addition to my family, so many people supported and guided me to where I am today. A few of whom are: Dr. Zaraq Khan (OBG ’11, CTSA ’15, REPR ’15, chair, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility), Dr. Adela Cope (OBG ’18, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Dr. Rajiv Pruthi (HEMO ’95, Division of Hematology), Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Sarah Atunah-Jay (PD ’17, Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), Dr. Margaret Dow (OBG ’13, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Dr. Ajleeta Sangtani (OBG ’20), Dr. Simrit Warring (MED ’19, OBG ’23, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Dr. Kendra Harris (OBG ’23, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Dr. Kathleen Lorenz (MFM ’23, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine), Dr. Mary V. Baker (OBG ’21, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Dr. Vanessa Torbenson (OBG ’18, Division of Obstetrics), Dr. Amanika Kumar (GYNO ’16, Division of Gynecologic Surgery), Abdule (Chief) Mohamed (Information Technology), Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations), Barbara Hartman and many more. Thank you all for making my medical school experience great!

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: People will remember how you made them feel more than what you said. Be kind, be humble and learn from every experience and person.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I started medical school with my older brother, Haroon, who matched into ophthalmology.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Make sure to enjoy your time here; don’t waste it stressing about the future. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Make good memories and friends; take advantage of the boundless opportunities!

 

 Patrick Kiessling

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Otolaryngology/research, Stanford University Programs, Stanford, California

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor

Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan

Dream job: Pediatric otolaryngologist or laryngologist, combining my music and singing performance background with my medical training

Why you chose MCASOM: The opportunity to learn from leaders in the field while learning to be a leader in my own right drove me to attend MCASOM.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan (ENT ’14), Dr. Matthew Carlson (ENT ’12, chair, Division of Otology/Neurotology), Dr. Semirra Bayan (ENT ’19, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery), Dr. Diana Orbelo (SPPA ’06, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery), Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM) and so many more.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Our greatest successes are realized because of the mentors who teach us, the family and friends who support us, and the ability to be our most authentic selves.

What would people be surprised to know about you: In addition to music performance, I really love to bake and challenge myself with new recipes in my free time.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Life does not stop for medical school. Make time for yourself and your loved ones throughout your training to keep yourself happy and find purpose in your work.

 

 Felix Kung

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Ophthalmology, Georgetown University / Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Hometown: Millington, New Jersey

Dream job: Ophthalmologist incorporating technology and artificial intelligence to improve access and quality of clinical care

Why you chose MCASOM: I love how much Mayo prioritizes patient-centered care. Serving patients so that they can worry less about their diseases and return to their lives is the reason I wanted to become a doctor. I was also struck by how kind and down to earth the people are. I think Mayo’s patient-first philosophy attracts many empathetic people, and I love that so much about the people here.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Cheryl Khanna (OPH ’96, Department of Ophthalmology), Dr. Sophie Bakri (OPH ’05, Department of Ophthalmology), Dr. Neel Shah (MGEN ’11, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Get to know people, both friends and mentors. There are so many talented people at Mayo who will push you and help you grow. They’re also super nice and fun to be around!

What would people be surprised to know about you: I like to get to know people deeply through one-on-one conversations.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Study hard, but also challenge yourself to find out what you want most out of your medical career. There are many different paths as a physician, and if you can find what excites you early on, that can help direct you and motivate you to become the best doctor you can be!

 

 Hilary Kunkel

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Transitional, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York, New York
Dermatology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

Hometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Duluth, Minnesota

Dream job: Pediatric dermatologist at an academic center

Why you chose MCASOM: The warm people, research opportunities and commitment to patient care. I also loved having the option to travel to the other campuses for selectives and rotations and learned so much from those experiences.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Megha Tollefson (MED ’03, PD ’06, DERM ’10, Department of Dermatology), was my first mentor in dermatology and has been so supportive over the past four years. Dr. Julio Sartori Valinotti (I1 ’10, I ’12, DERM ’15, DPATH ’16, Department of Dermatology) has also been a wonderful mentor and always has great advice. Dr. Rachel Miest (MED ’11, I1’ 12, DERM ’15, Department of Dermatology) taught me so much in the clinical dermatology setting. Dr. Jennifer Hand (MED ’94, I1 ’95, DERM ’98, MGEN ’00, Department of Dermatology), Dr. Dawn Davis (PD ’03, DERM ’06, chair, Division of Clinical Dermatology), Dr. Mark Davis (I ’93, DERM ’97, chair, Department of Dermatology) and resident Dr. Anagha Bangalore Kumar (DERM ’24, Department of Dermatology) have also been wonderful dermatology research mentors. The dermatology department at Mayo in Arizona was so supportive as well. I’ve also been lucky to have a fantastic mentor in pediatric dermatology at the University of Washington, Dr. Heather Brandling-Bennett.

Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Rochelle Torgerson (MBIO ’00, MDPH ’00, I1 ’01, DERM ’04, DERMI ’05, dean of Career Advising, MCASOM), Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) and Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) from the medical school have been instrumental in preparing for residency. I am so grateful to all these people for teaching and supporting me over the years.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: If you’re stressed in the hospital or clinic, keep patients at the center of your thinking, and you will not go wrong.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I worked for five years between undergrad and med school. I was an English teacher in Korea for one year and worked in research jobs for the other four.

Advice for future MCASOM students: You are much more than a medical student. A bad grade or bad day on a rotation does not define you. If you’re struggling, tell someone! Don’t suffer in silence. Enjoy your life outside of school as much as possible, and make time for the things that bring you joy. Collaborate with your classmates, and help each other rather than compete. It is so much more fun that way! Explore as many fields in medicine as possible as early as possible so you can figure out what you like and don’t like.

 

 Shyam Kurian

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Undergraduate: Rutgers University, Brunswick, New Jersey

Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey

Dream job: Academic orthopedic surgeon

Why you chose MCASOM: MCASOM provided the opportunity to learn from the best physicians and scientists in the world. They all have a humble excellence about them that makes them great role models and teachers.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I have been privileged to have immense support and mentorship from physicians in multiple fields at Mayo. Dr. Mohamad Bydon (NS ’15, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Dr. Robert Spinner (MDPH ’89, NS ’00, chair, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester) and Dr. David Daniels (PRES ’08, NS ’13, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester). Dr. Michael Taunton (OR ’09), Dr. Matthew Abdel (OR ’12), Dr. Sanjeev Kakar (HAND ’10) and Dr. Tad Mabry (OR ’05, ORAL ’06) from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Be humble and kind, and learn everybody’s names.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Mayo Clinic will provide you with every opportunity to excel and build your foundation, but it is up to you to take advantage of those opportunities. Be hungry and proactive about your education.

 

 Margaret Lang

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Transitional, Central Iowa Health System, Des Moines, Iowa
Dermatology, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor

Undergraduate: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Dream job: To teach and share my passion for dermatology with residents, medical students and young adults interested in medicine. Also to be a mom!

Why you chose MCASOM: I recognized that the support and opportunities available to learners were far beyond those at any other institution. I also completely identified with the concept of putting the patient and their family above all else when it came to making medical decisions. When I found that Mayo centers every aspect of their care on this aspect, I felt truly at home.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: While this list can go on and on, I will forever be grateful to my career and research mentor Dr. Jennifer Hand (MED ’94, I1 ’95, DERM ’98, MGEN ’00, Department of Dermatology) as well as my research mentors Dr. Jerry Brewer (DERM ’08, DSRG ’09, CTSA ’16, Department of Dermatology) and Dr. Julio Sartori Valinotti (I1 ’10, I ’12, DERM ’15, DPATH ’16, Department of Dermatology). I am also incredibly grateful to Dr. Rochelle Torgerson (MBIO ’00, MDPH ’00, I1 ’01, DERM ’04, DERMI ’05, dean of Career Advising, MCASOM) for her career guidance and mentorship. All of these phenomenal dermatologists, among others, provided me with outstanding opportunities, support and advice and empowered me to achieve many personal and academic goals.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Humility, patience and kindness are paramount when it comes to medical education and patient care. I have seen these qualities exemplified in so many spectacular ways that have inspired me to never lose sight of what really matters to not only me but, most importantly, to my patients.

Advice for future MCASOM students: There are countless challenges and struggles that will present themselves in medical school and in life. You will grow, change and become a phenomenal physician despite these difficulties. Remember to keep the big picture in mind and know that you have an amazing future ahead of you!

 

 Jacob Lui

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University, New York, New York

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Hometown: Cupertino, California

Dream job: Academic physician and, at some point, a U.S./world history high school teacher

Why you chose MCASOM: Maybe I was just in a good mood, but the connection with faculty and students through my interview day sealed the deal.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Ravindra Ganesh, M.B.B.S., M.D. (GIM ’19, Division of General Internal Medicine), for seamlessly tying together the roles of a mentor, teacher and friend; Shounak Majumder, M.D. (CTSA ’17, GI ’17, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Laura Raffals, M.D. (GI ’11, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Lindsey Philpot, Ph.D. (director, Practice Analytics, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery), and Jon Ebbert, M.D. (I ’99, CMR ’00, ADGM ’01, CLRSH ’01, Division of Community Internal Medicine), for  kind guidance in research and career paths; gastroenterology fellows such as Jaime de la Fuente, M.D. (I ’19, G ‘22), Guilherme Piovezani Ramos, M.D. (I ’18, GI ’21), and Don (Chamil) Codipilly, M.D. (I ’18, GI ’21), for their patience and support for a novice medical student; Philip Fischer, M.D. (PD ’99, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), for being my first connection at Mayo; Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) for friendship, good laughs and invaluable help.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Never stop being a student

What would people be surprised to know about you: Maybe that I’ve come to cherish living in Rochester these past four years.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Be kind to yourself; adjust your expectations such as trying to convince yourself that every work day will end at 7 p.m. When it ends earlier, you’ll feel like you have all the free time in the world.

 

 Sujaytha Paknikar

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Dream job: A practicing academic internist engaged in health policy/advocacy work

Why you chose MCASOM: I visited Mayo for a research conference in college, and I left feeling like it was truly an amazing place for research, education and, of course, world-renowned for patient care. When the time came to apply to medical school, I knew I wanted to apply to Mayo. On learning more about the program, I was drawn to the small class size, direct access to expert clinician educators, unique selective program, and opportunity to experience the Florida and Arizona sites. I am so glad I made the decision to come here and become part of the wonderful MCASOM family.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am so grateful for the many faculty members who helped shaped my medical school career and contributed to my decision to pursue a career as an internist. My med family mentors Dr. Uma Thanarajasingam (IMM ’08, MDPH ’08, I ’12, CMR ’12, RHEU ’15, Division of Rheumatology) and Dr. David Wetter (MED ’04, I1 ’05, DERM ’08, DERMI ’09, Department of Dermatology) have been very supportive and created a welcoming environment away from home. My medical school mentor Dr. Sahil Khanna (I ’11, CI ’12, CTSA ’12, GI ’14, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) was so helpful in guiding me during what has been an unprecedented application cycle. The medical school leadership and administration teams including: Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Ms. Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) and Ms. Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations), who have worked so tirelessly for me and my classmates to get us to this point. I am so thankful for all of these folks and so many more!

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic:

The best teachers are often our patients, and that is such a unique privilege and motivator in medicine.

What would people be surprised to know about you:

I have a major sweet tooth and love to bake!

Advice for future MCASOM students: Medical school is a challenging time that can make you question your value; try to remember that you are so valued regardless of a lower shelf score, missing the bar on a presentation or a paper rejection — those are fleeting setbacks. This is a long journey, and there are so many people who can and should be rooting for you on it. Leaning on them when needed is so helpful. I wish you all the very best; if you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out through the alumni network.

 

 Archna Patel

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Scottsdale, Arizona

Graduate: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

Undergraduate: California State University, Bakersfield

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Dream job: Besides being a physician, teaching, cooking and working as a cashier. I love everything about it: scanning, punching numbers on the keyboard, the cash drawer, tearing the receipt, methodically bagging items and interacting with all sorts of new people.

Why you chose MCASOM: I like to think of it more as Why did MCASOM choose me? But to answer the question, genuinely kind and humble faculty and staff, a culture of camaraderie, an abundance of opportunities and the care with which they made every student feel special made a large impact on me. I’ll never forget Dr. Michael Bostwick’s (P ’98, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology) personalized, handwritten letter arriving in the mail to my home in California.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Almost every instructor I have had has been an adviser to me in some capacity. These are a few notable ones: Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Darcy Reed (MED ’00, I ’03, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. Meltiady Issa (HIM ’12), Dr. Amindra Arora (I ’94, GI ’97, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Dr. Carina Himes (I ’16, Division of General Internal Medicine), Dr. Travis McKenzie (S ’12, Division of Breast, Endocrine, Metabolic, and Gastrointestinal Surgery), Dr. Laura Raffals (GI ’11, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Dr. Maleka Khambaty (HMED ’16, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), Dr. Thomas Kingsley (HIM ’20, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), Dr. James Gregoire (MED ’86, I ’89, NEPH ’92, PHAR ’92, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension), Dr. Stephanie Starr (PD ’00, Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine) and of course, Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) and Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Compassionate excellence is an achievable team effort.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I am an ardent fan of all things television and cinema. I’m always happy to give recommendations by streaming service.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Receive gratefully, and give gracefully.

 

 Kathryn (Katie) Phillips

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, New York, New York

Undergraduate Institution name: University of Missouri, Columbia

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Dream job: Neonatologist

Why you chose MCASOM: The opportunity to train at the Mayo Clinic is an opportunity you don’t pass up!

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Erin Knoebel  (NEPH ’04, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Rochester), who is not only an excellent physician but was always willing to provide great advice and help me through the residency application process. I hope, one day, to be as helpful of a mentor to medical students as she was to me.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: You never know what battles another person is fighting, so always be kind and understanding.

What would people be surprised to know about you: My first job was as a cashier at a hardware store when I was 16. I still don’t know anything about hardware.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Strive to be someone you are proud of. On clinical rotations, always be outgoing and introduce yourself to everyone, even if you feel out of place.

 

 Kent Richter 

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Neurological surgery, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania

Graduate Institution: Master’s in Science of Healthcare Delivery, Arizona State University

Undergraduate Institution name: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Dream job: Neurosurgeon

Why you chose MCASOM: Mayo Clinic has always been a dream institution for me. Their dedication to doing what’s best for patients is inspiring and real. I’ve always appreciated their strong connection to history and tradition through the Mayo Brothers and feel this has created a strong culture that is unique compared to others.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Fredric Meyer (NS ’88, executive dean of Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science) has been an incredible help/mentor to me throughout my time at Mayo. Not only is he enterprise chair of neurosurgery at Mayo, but he is also the dean of the Medical School and, therefore, has given me helpful advice throughout medical school and as I prepared for residency. I have also been very blessed to have incredible mentors at Mayo Clinic in Arizona including Dr. Bernard Bendok (NS ’15, chair, Department of Neurologic Surgery) and Dr. Naresh Patel (NS ’01, Department of Neurologic Surgery), who have helped me accomplish things during medical school that would otherwise have been impossible.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Meaningful connection is what matters most — with patients, colleagues, mentors. Treating people as real people is most important.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I love gardening/landscape design.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Focus on creating meaningful relationships, both with your fellow medical students and your mentors. This matters most.

 

 Lindsay Riordan

MCASOM Campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Undergraduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Dream job: I love many aspects of pediatrics, but what draws me to the field most is the opportunity to form meaningful and long-lasting relationships with patients and families. I can envision a career in primary care, complex care management or hematology/oncology/palliative care.

Why you chose MCASOM: I believe in the mission that, “the needs of the patient come first” and wanted the foundation of my training to be set on excellent clinical care.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Living in Rochester, I’ve learned to embrace a slower and more intentional pace of life.

Advice for future MCASOM students: I’ve found medical school to be a time of deep introspection and growth. Questions like, “What matters? Does this fit with my idea of ‘the good life’? Who am I becoming?” were helpful in guiding my decisions.

 

 David Rollins

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Graduate: Ph.D. Weill Cornell Medical College

Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Hometown: Bowdoinham, Maine

Dream job: Support for emotional support dogs

Why you chose MCASOM: The enthusiasm and kindness of the Mayo family paired with affordability.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Matthew Vogt M.D. (ANES ’17, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine), a phenomenal CAMP mentor who paired me with amazing guidance from others in the department including Arnoley Abcejo M.D. (I1 ’13, ANES ’16, ANNR ’17), Alexandra Anderson, M.D. (ANES ’18), Timothy Long M.D. (ANES ’98), Hans Sviggum M.D. (MED ’07, ANES ’11, REG ’12), and Paul Warner, M.D. (MED ’12, I1 ’13, ANES ’16), for engaging us in anesthesia throughout our M1-4 years. Our deans. My classmates too, especially Dyda Dao! Lastly, me, myself and I.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Take care of yourself to best care for your patients. An hour break with a colleague can turn into a memory for the rest of your life.

What would people be surprised to know about you: As a youth, I once snuck into the summer camp cafeteria at night and ate 1-2 pounds of peanut butter cups and had such bad belly ache that I had to go home. OK, last year. OK, not that surprising.

Advice for future MCASOM students:  Learn your patients holistically. M3/M4 is unique in that you have extra time to hear about their fears, loves, hobbies, family, etc. Your connections impact the whole of their health and experience.

Discuss issues directly and kindly with your colleagues before reporting professionalism concerns. Always remember you are more than the composite of your grade; there are also the MedHub evaluation comments.

 

Samuel Rouleau

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency Match: Emergency medicine, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, University of CA-Davis, Sacramento, California

Undergraduate: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hometown: Avon, Connecticut

Why you chose MCASOM: I remember how happy the students were when I interviewed, how they got along with each other and the fantastic mentorship opportunities.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: There have been so many amazing mentors here at Mayo. In particular, I’d like to extent my gratitude to Dr. Bob Hyde (EM ’09, Department of Emergency Medicine) and Dr. Michael Bostwick (P ’98, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Upholding an ideal/value requires the commitment of individuals as well as the purposefully constructed system/organization.

What would people be surprised to know about you: In my spare time, I enjoy reading poetry.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Enjoy it! Every year of medical school is better than the last!

 

Nicolas Rubel

MCASOM campus: Florida

Residency match: Emergency medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison

Undergraduate Institution name: Nevada State College, Henderson

Hometown: New York, New York

Dream job: Emergency medicine attending at a large academic emergency department with part-time Heli-EMS/search-and-rescue side-gig

Why you chose MCASOM: Highly complex medical/surgical patients whose needs are put at the center of everything we do. Best clinicians and educators in the world. Small class size where people know you by name, not by number. Unparalleled mentorship.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career:  Dr. Mary Hedges (I ’07, CMR ’08, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Florida), Dr. Joseph Drazkowski (N ’01, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Dr. Robert Hyde (EM ’09, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Rochester)

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Too many to list!

Advice for future MCASOM students: You should do something that pushes you out of your comfort zone every day — that’s where the real learning happens.  The ability to do this will pay dividends throughout your medical education and allow you to grow at a rate that is exponential in comparison to those who stay within their comfort zone. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

 

 Matthew Schuelke

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Graduate: M.D.-Ph.D. program, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Dream job: Pediatric hematologist/oncologist developing cancer immunotherapies

Why you chose MCASOM: Unparalleled integration of clinical excellence with translational research; a dream location for an aspiring physician-scientist!

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Richard Vile, Ph.D. (MMED ’98, Department of Molecular Medicine, Mayo Clinic; Ph.D. adviser), Paul Galardy, M.D. (PDHO ’06, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Mayo Clinic; clinical mentor), Dr. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki (UIUC; undergrad research adviser), Dr. Sua Myong (JHU; undergrad academic adviser), Dr. Jennifer Amos (UIUC; undergrad academic adviser), Michael Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D. (OR ’96, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic; undergrad research adviser and inspiration to pursue M.D./Ph.D.).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Trust but verify.

What would people be surprised to know about you: If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d want to be a National Park ranger!

Advice for future MCASOM students: Appreciate every phase you’re in, even the tough ones; training at Mayo is an incredible opportunity that you only get once!  Also, don’t put life on hold for medical school; you’ll be happier if you continue pursuing your passions outside medicine.

 

 John Smestad

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Internal medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Graduate: Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate: Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Dream job: Physician-scientist practicing in medical oncology with laboratory-based research focused on basic mechanisms of disease and early-stage preclinical development of new therapies.

Why you chose MCASOM: 1) Institutional reputation for excellence in patient care and translational research, 2) Collegial institutional culture that opens the doors to collaboration and makes it enjoyable to be a student, 3) Midwestern community with high standard of living.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Louis J. Maher III, Ph.D. (BIOC ’95, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), for serving as my thesis mentor. Tamas Ordog, M.D. (PHYS ’06, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering); Keith Robertson, Ph.D. (MPET ’16, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics); John Copland III, Ph.D. (CBS ’03, Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida), for serving on my thesis advisory committee. Scott Kaufmann, M.D., Ph.D. (ONCL ’94, Department of Oncology), for serving on my thesis advisory committee and providing invaluable career advice. Andrea Wahner Hendrickson, M.D. (I ’08, CI ’10, HEMO ’12, Department of Oncology), for providing academic and career advice throughout medical school.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Individual effort will take you only so far in science and medicine. It still takes a village to build a successful physician-scientist.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I make a mean zucchini chocolate cake.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Embrace opportunities, work hard and become competent; but in the process, do not lose sight of what is truly important to you.

 

 Jeffrey St. Jeor

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Orthopaedic surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston, North Carolina

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg

Hometown: Driggs, Idaho

Dream job: Orthopedic surgeon

Why you chose MCASOM: During the interview day, they treated me like a human! Other interviews made me feel like I was just another number under constant scrutiny. They made it seem like I was taking up their time and was lucky to be there in their presence. Mayo was the complete opposite. They were genuinely grateful to have me there interviewing with them. They respected me as a person and respected by background and achievements. I knew they cared about me as in interviewee and knew they would continue to care about me as a student.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Nate Hull (RD ’16, Division of Pediatric Radiology) helped me in every aspect of my life and has been an important part of my growth over the last four years. Dr. Travis McKenzie (S ’12, Division of Breast, Endocrine, Metabolic, and Gastrointestinal Surgery) taught me the most important decision to make is the one that is right for you and your family. Dr. Marco Rizzo (HAND ’02, chair, Division of Hand Surgery), Dr. Kevin Perry (OR ’14, Division of Adult Reconstruction), Dr. Brett Freedman (OR ’18, chair, Division of Orthopedic Spine Surgery) — each of them has been instrumental in my development as a future orthopedic surgeon and has guided me along each step of the match process.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Failure isn’t final.

What would people be surprised to know about you: The thought of pulling teeth makes me lightheaded.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Don’t forget about your life outside of the medical school because before you know it, medical school will end and your life will continue. So make sure it is a life you want.

 

 Daniel Sykora

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Graduate: Science of Health Care Delivery Master’s Degree, Arizona State University

Undergraduate Institution name: University of San Diego, California

Hometown: Zdice, Czech Republic, and Vancouver, Canada

Dream job: Though my mindset remains open to other subspecialties of internal medicine as I enter residency, I am leaning toward practicing general cardiology in an academic setting.

Why you chose MCASOM: My choice to attend MCASOM was founded on the unwavering focus on clinical excellence at our institution. While our learning is always framed in the three shields of Mayo Clinic, I have felt from my first day of medical school and through each rotation that the greatest focus has always been on clinical knowledge and patient communication skills. Knowing that I am most interested in a primarily clinical career with additional involvement in research and medical education, it was important to me to complete my medical education at an institution that was congruent with my priorities. Mayo Clinic fit this criterion perfectly.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: The clinical and academic successes I have achieved throughout my time at MCASOM could not be possible without the kind and patient support of the mentors who have shaped me as a physician along the way. Before arriving at MCASOM, my early aspirations to pursue internal medicine were heavily influenced by Dr. Tryna Ramos, an internist and hospitalist who I shadowed extensively during my undergraduate studies in San Diego and who placed internal medicine on my horizon from my first day of medical school.

Through the MCASOM Senior Sages program, I had the pleasure of meeting prominent Mayo Clinic emeritus professor of dermatology Dr. Roy Rogers III (DERM ’73), and his wife Sue Rogers, who have been a wonderful source of support, guidance and friendship.

Along the way, I was fortunate to work with Dr. Denis Cortese (I1 ’71, I ’72, THD ’76, Arizona State University; emeritus president and CEO, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Natalie Landman (Arizona State University) and Robert Smoldt (Arizona State University; emeritus CAO, Mayo Clinic) in my science of healthcare delivery master’s degree and research.

In my latter half of medical school, as I solidified my choice of applying for internal medicine residency and began to consider further training in cardiology, I had the great pleasure and honor of being mentored by Dr. William K. Freeman (MED ’81, I ’84, CV ’87, Department of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), whose excellence in clinical education and physical exam skills has greatly informed my own practice style, and Dr. Julie Rosenthal, whose career and residency advising was indispensable to my success. In the cardiology research sphere, I am very grateful to Dr. Fadi Shamoun (CV ’10, Department of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic in Arizona) and Dr. Hari Chaliki (I ’93, CV ’97, CTSA ’10, Department of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic in Arizona ) for their supervision and teaching in my cardiologic academic pursuits.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: While the clinical training and volume of knowledge that I have gained through the fantastic instruction at MCASOM is vast, one of the most important lessons I learned by training at Mayo Clinic is to always maintain humility in all clinical decisions. The stakes of many decisions I will make alongside my patients are unrivalled, often involving the physical and emotional well-being of both the patient and their loved ones. By training in the encouraging and humble culture of Mayo Clinic, which prioritizes learning and collaboration above all for the sake of the patient, I have learned to analyze and consider a difficult case carefully, but ultimately to always be humble enough to discuss the case with my colleagues and consultants if uncertainty remains. There is no room in modern, responsible medical practice for bravado when our patients have trusted us with their life and health, and I consider it my duty to repay that trust with the best collective, team-based care possible.

What would people be surprised to know about you: Since I spent my childhood until the age of 8 in the Czech Republic, I have never tried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my life, despite having no allergies.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Balance, as in all aspects of life, is crucial to success as a medical student. One of the greatest pieces of advice I was given at the start of medical school was by Dr. Joseph Drazkowski (N ’01, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), who wisely told our class that while a student may not be able to continue all five or 10 of their favorite hobbies to the same frequency and fervor during medical school, it is absolutely crucial that each student identifies the top one or two nonmedical activities or connections in their life that bring them joy and balance, and actively make time and space for those. Whether this is spending time with your spouse/partner/significant other, children or other family, physical activity, reading books, listening to news or podcasts, whatever brings you joy and peace, do your best to create the appropriate balance and vigilantly maintain it.

 

 Alexa Thomas

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Emergency medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Undergraduate: University of Denver, Colorado

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

Dream job: Working clinically and teaching residents and medical students. Possibly interested in critical care fellowship and splitting my time between the emergency department and ICU.

Why you chose MCASOM: I chose Mayo for two main reasons. One was that I was so amazed by how kind, passionate and humble all of the people at Mayo were from students to school faculty to all of the health care workers. The focus on the needs of the patient come first was inspiring and carried out by everyone I met, and I knew I wanted to learn in that type of amazing environment. I also felt like the medical school really cared about the students and our learning and that I would be well supported during my time here. The second reason is that when I started medical school, I had a lot of different interests and things that I wanted to explore and knew that at Mayo I would have opportunities to pursue all of those things and make my education personalized.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I have had so many amazing mentors throughout medical school. I am so thankful for Dr. Ronna Campbell (EM ’07, Department of Emergency Medicine), Dr. Jenna Geers (EM ’21, Department of Emergency Medicine), Dr. Eric Boie (EM ’98, Department of Emergency Medicine), Dr. James Homme (MED ’99, PD ’02, PDCMR ’03, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine), Dr. Jeahan Colletti (EM ’07, Department of Emergency Medicine), Dr. Beth Ladlie (ANES ’08, REG ’09, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) and Dr. Michael Cullen (I ’09, CMR ’10, CV ’14, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine). I appreciate everything they have done for me, including guiding me through medical school, helping me with residency applications and connecting me with research.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Take the time to learn about each of your patients as individuals and listen to them, support them and provide compassionate care.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I used to work at a barbeque restaurant.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Take advantage of the amazing opportunities available at Mayo. Get to know your classmates and students in other years as much as possible and support each other. Use selectives to tailor your education to what you want, and explore the possibilities for your future career early on. Get involved in activities, groups and social things that you are passionate about and that help keep you grounded.

 

 Olivia Thomas

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Orthopaedic surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Undergraduate Institution name: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: Hastings, Nebraska

Dream job: Orthopedic surgery practice with time for pro bono/rural outreach

Why you chose MCASOM: Amazing culture and enthusiasm, coupled with the opportunity to be a member of the inaugural class in Arizona.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Dr. Barbara Pockaj (S ’95, Division of Oncologic and Endocrine Surgery) and Dr. Krista Goulding (ADLT ’14, Department of Orthopedic Surgery), both of whom are excellent examples of female surgeons who love their work and are excited to advance their respective fields.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Growth comes when you prepare well and then take the leap.

What would people be surprised to know about you: My left thumb (more specifically, distal phalanx) is shorter than the right, and I have no idea why.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Be intentional in every step of your education. You never know when it’s the last time that you’ll see that material before graduation!

 

 Holly Thomson

MCASOM campus: Arizona

Residency match: Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Scottsdale, Arizona

Undergraduate Institution name: Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Dream job: Clinician educator in a detail-oriented internal medicine subspecialty

Why you chose MCASOM: At Mayo Clinic Arizona, I knew I would find a family and learn in a community that strives to push medicine toward all that it can be.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: Infinite thanks to all those who have guided me in medicine so far, including my clinical mentors Chad R. Nelson, M.D. (I ‘13, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), and Amit Shah, M.D. (I ’04, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona); my educational mentors Christopher Conley, M.D. (PATH ’88, Division of Hematopathology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona), and Margaret (Maggie) Ryan, M.D. (LABM & PATH ’20, Division of Anatomic Pathology); my research mentors Molly Kraus, M.D. (ANES ’15, Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology), and Alyx Porter Umphrey, M.D. (I1 ’04, N ’07, NONC ’08, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona); my career mentors Mira Keddis, M.D. (MED ’09, CMR ’10, NEPH ’13, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension), and Lori Roust, M.D. (MED ’86, ENDO ’92, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism); and my forever mentors Stephen Thomson, M.D. (ENDO ’93), and Cynthia Thomson, M.D. (ANES ’93).

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: Healing involves so much more than addressing physical ailments; medicine can only be successful insofar as physicians consider their patients’ social, emotional, and existential circumstances.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Leadership is not always about being in charge and almost never about being the loudest person in the room.

 

 David Vogelsang

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Surgery – preliminary, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, California
Radiology – diagnostic, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque

Undergraduate Institution name: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Hometown: Lake Forest, California

Dream job: Surf in the early morning, practice radiology during the day and be home by dinner to spend time with the family

Why you chose MCASOM: Mayo culture, endless opportunities and, of course, Minnesota winters

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: So many people have provided timely advice and encouragement, and I think that is uniquely Mayo. Dr. Bradley J. Erikson (BPHY ’89, MDPH ’89, RD ’93, RNEU ’94, Department of Radiology) got me hooked on AI. Dr. Nate Hull (RD ’16, Division of Pediatric Radiology) piqued my interest in radiology, schooled me on the basketball court and supported me along the way. Dr. Derick Jones (EM ’18, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota), Dr. Kenneth Philbrick (Information Technology), Dr. Benjamin (Matthew) Howe (RD ’10, RMS ’11, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology), Dr. Marco Rizzo (HAND ’02, Department of Orthopedic Surgery) and so many others.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: I learned to rely on my family for help and guidance. My wife and kids have been an amazing support for me.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I don’t look it, but I’m 37 years old! Also, I’m married, and we have three amazing daughters!

Advice for future MCASOM students: Consistent study every day. Find out what you are passionate about or are really good at, and look for opportunities at Mayo to pursue those things.

 

 Lauren Webb

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Neurology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Hometown: Ramsey, New Jersey

Dream job: My dream is to become a neurologist who develops long-term relationships with her patients and their families. I hope to share my love for neuroscience through teaching, research and community outreach.

Why you chose MCASOM: I chose MCASOM because of the kindness of the students I met on my interview day and the strong Mayo value of putting the needs of the patient first. I wanted to learn medicine where everyone is united behind this mission and the patient’s best interest guides every decision.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am so grateful to my many mentors who have taught, shaped and inspired me. I would like to thank Dr. Ashley Santilli (I ’19, Department of Neurology), Dr. Eoin Flanagan (I1 ’09, N ’12, NMS ’13, CTSC ’14, NAI ’14, NBN ’15, CTSA ’16, Department of Neurology), Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory (MED ’10, I1 ’11, N ’14, MD ’15, NAUD ’16, Department of Neurology), Dr. Joon Uhm (N ’99, chair, Division of Neuro-oncology), Dr. Carrie (Beth) Robertson (I1 ’06, N ’09, PND ’10, HEAD ‘11, Department of Neurology), Dr. Derek Stitt (I ’15, N ’18, Department of Neurology), Dr. Tia Chakraborty (I ’15, N ’18, CCMN ’20), Dr. Marin Veldic (P ’11, CAP ’13, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology), Dr. Caren (Jacquetta) Blacker (P ’16, CAP ’18), Dr. Joshua Keith (FM ’10, Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Florida), Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner (I ’95, HEMO ’98, senior associate dean for Student Affairs, MCASOM), Dr. John Chen, Dr. Neel Shah (MGEN ’11, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), Dr. David Rosenman (HMED ’04, CLRSH ’07, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine), Dr. Taylor Thomas (MED ’20), my Uncle Norm (Dr. Norman Turner III, OR ’99, Department of Orthopedic Surgery), Dr. Tiffany Doherty, Dr. Tania Roth and many more.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: If the needs of the patient are your compass, you will always know what to do next … and you will love your job.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I was a dancer for 11 years and started at age 3.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Believe in yourself, and follow your passions. You bring something uniquely special to every team. Although you may not always have all the answers, you can always be kind.

 

 Timothy Xu

MCASOM campus: Rochester, Minnesota

Residency match: Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey

Dream job: Ophthalmologist involved in research, medical education and global health. Studying the ways in which space flight impacts astronauts’ eyes and vision would be pretty awesome as well.

Why you chose MCASOM: Mayo Clinic’s dedication to meeting the needs of all patients, providing student-centered education, and creating a welcoming and collaborative environment. MCASOM’s faculty and staff such as Debbie Dixon (manager, Education operations) and Shelby Strain (Education administration coordinator) are genuinely invested in students’ well-being and success.

Mentors/advisers who have helped in your medical career: I am grateful to all the mentors who have encouraged me in my path to becoming a physician. At Mayo, Keith Baratz, M.D. (OPH ’91, Department of Ophthalmology), and Brian Mohney, M.D. (OPH ’94, Department of Ophthalmology), have been exceptional mentors, supporters and friends who have shown me how rewarding a career in ophthalmology can be.

Most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Mayo Clinic: The needs of the patient come first.

What would people be surprised to know about you: I am an Eagle Scout.

Advice for future MCASOM students: Believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help and make time for what is important to you outside of medicine.