Helping Others Breathe Easy

Mohamed Yusuf: Helping Others Breathe Easier

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mohamed works in high-paced environment at Mayo Clinic that requires critical thinking skills and adaptability.

"Growing up in Rochester, Mayo Clinic was basically in my backyard. I knew it was a good hospital, but I didn't know how great," says Mohamed. That was until he enrolled in the Respiratory Care Track of the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions at the University of Minnesota Rochester, where students complete their final two years of training at Mayo Clinic under Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

"Respiratory therapy is a unique and not well-known profession," explains Mohamed. "I was drawn to this because it allows me to help patients with one of the most vital functions of life — breathing."

In Mohamed's third year of school, he began his training at Mayo caring for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and other conditions. These patients required a multitude of different treatments, and Mohamed was able to hone his skills, work with patients, perfect his bedside manner and learn what it means to put the patient first.

Soon after, Mohamed completed his emergency department rotation where he was dazzled by his mentor's knowledge and passion for treating patients with life-threatening conditions. This experience solidified his desire to become a respiratory therapist.

Mohamed was drawn to the fast-paced environment of the emergency department because of the need for adaptability and critical thinking skills — skills he uses now in his role as a trauma respiratory therapist.

"I equate it to a puzzle. We rarely have information on the patients who come into the emergency department. You get bits and pieces and then take those puzzle pieces and put them together to get the main picture," Mohamed says. "I like the challenge."

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