Preparing for Your Appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Being prepared before you come to see your Mayo Clinic physician is important. These tips will help you get the most out of your appointment.

  • Bring pathology slides, films, X-rays, original mammograms (not copies), surgical reports, laboratory test results, and other medical records from previous care.
  • Refer to this checklist to help describe your symptoms and prepare for questions your doctor may ask.
    • What problem brings you to the clinic?
    • How long have you had it?
    • What does it feel like?
    • How often does it occur?
    • Do symptoms come and go, or are they persistent?
    • What brings it on (e.g., activity, food, position, stress)?
    • What time of day is it the worst?
    • What makes it better (e.g., medication, increasing an activity)?
    • What makes it worse?
    • Is it associated with any other symptoms?
    • Have other people in your family experienced similar health problems?
    • What medications, nonprescription preparations, vitamins, and supplements are you currently taking? Make a list of all the things you currently take, including the dosage.
    • What medication allergies do you have, and what type of reaction occurs?
  • Most women can receive all their care in one to three days. Depending on the complexity of your condition, you may need to be here longer. If surgery is required, your stay will be longer.
  • Information desks where coat checks are available free of charge are located at various points within Mayo (e.g., subway level and first floor of the Mayo Building). There is also a Lost and Found located at the main floor information desk.
  • Parking passes are available for visitors to Mayo Clinic. Seven-day passes can be purchased from the parking attendants at the patient ramps.
  • The subway level of the Mayo complex offers a patient cafeteria, newsstand, pharmacy, handicapped restrooms, and a quiet lounge for your convenience. You will also find a hearing aid center. The Mayo Store provides medical supplies and gift items. Subway and skyways are easily accessible and are connected with multiple buildings in the Mayo complex, as well as hotel and shopping areas.