The Synergies Found in Yoga and Collaboration During Medical School Bring Mayo Clinic Student Joy

Medical school programs demand a lot from students. With physician burnout on the rise, finding balance and joy at school is important.

For medical student Nazanin Yeganeh Kazemi, collaboration with her colleagues is key to providing excellent patient care and keeping a mentality that fosters joy.

“I have found yoga to be good for mental and physical health,” she says. “I compare this synergy to the synergy of the medical school. Because our focus is always on the patient, we don’t compete against each other. We collaborate to achieve more. This mentality brings me joy.”

Nazanin started her journey in health care in 2015 after graduating from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her interests in oncology and tumor immunology inspired her to pursue a joint medical and doctorate degree through Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic School of Biomedical Sciences.

During her time at school, Nazanin has observed that Mayo Clinic’s dedication to its values also promotes joy.

“The culture and values of Mayo Clinic support an environment that brings joy, because we are all focused on the patient,” she says. Nazanin hopes to become a gynecologic oncologist to provide care for women with cancer. Besides yoga, she enjoys rock climbing and spending time with family and friends.

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