Mayo Clinic in Rochester
For Dr. Luis Haro, discovering an opening at Mayo Clinic in his specialty — Emergency Medicine — was a "career dream come true." Deciding to leave Mexico and move 4,000 miles away to Rochester, Minn., also constituted a major decision. But Dr. Haro has adjusted easily to a personal and professional life in southern "tropical" Minnesota, along with his wife and two sons, ages 5 and 7.
"I had never gardened before I came to Minnesota, and the boys help me with that. We also go fishing in nearby state parks." He has also enjoyed celebrating Minnesota culture and ethnicity with festivals, theatre, art and recreational activities.
On the flip side, there are subzero temperatures, and Rochester does not have all the amenities of a large metropolitan area. "Yes, I've learned to endure several months of winter," he adds. "But the institution and the community absolutely make this a great place to live."
It has been more than six years since Dr. Haro joined Mayo Clinic and he remains enthusiastic about what motivated him to make the move here in the first place. "I believe in the mission of this place," says Dr. Haro. "In many countries you may have great clinicians, but not the same quality of educators and researchers. It's unique to have all that in one brand."
Dr. Haro has also found avenues for professional growth. "In the time I've been here, I've had opportunities and leadership roles that may have taken 20 years to get in other institutions. I erased a geographic limit to be able to practice the kind of medicine I want for my patients. And I found opportunities available that aren't based on age, but on interest and capacity."
About 70 percent of Dr. Haro's time is spent in clinical practice, and the balance in education and leadership responsibilities. "Mayo provides the things you need to succeed: the Model of Care, the support structure, cross-disciplinary collaboration without boundaries, great allied health staff, academic motivation, financial stability, the opportunity for travel, and great benefits." he says.
The balance of what is needed for a life outside of work is something he has also found in Rochester.
"I come to work every day and I spend a lot of my time here," says Dr. Haro. "If I want large sporting events, a bigger range of restaurants, or museums, the Twin Cities are within easy driving distance," "But I don't do those things on a daily basis. I can have a great work life Monday through Friday, and travel on the weekends." For this Minnesotan, life couldn't be better.