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Mayo Clinic Fellow Inspired by Mentor

June 01, 2022

Mayo Clinic Fellow Inspired by Mentor

As a medical student in Mexico, Paola Suarez-Meade, M.D., wanted a career that included research and clinical work.

But among her teachers, the most common career paths involved making a choice: treat patients or study disease. A fascination with stem cells prompted her to seek out a research opportunity in the United States with neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., who runs the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. Observing his work—treating patients with brain cancer while running a lab to uncover the secrets of devastating tumors like glioblastomas—she realized she could craft a career combining both of her passions. Her path illustrates the important role mentors play in shaping the next generation of clinicians and scientists. Following her research opportunity with Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa, Dr. Suarez-Meade returned to Mexico City for her clinical internship and served as chief intern at Médica Sur Hospital, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member. Now, she is back in Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa’s lab, building her research skills as a postdoctoral fellow and studying brain cancer. She is also helping trainees navigate the next steps of their careers in the United States and through Mayo’s connection to Medica Sur.
   —Please visit https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/experience-with-mentors-inspires-mayo-clinic-fellow-to-help-other-medical-trainees/ to read more.