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Getting your first appointment

Visiting Mayo Clinic | Last Active: Mar 21, 2023 | Replies (110)

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Hello @amkaloha, Great questions! Thank you for posting them here on Mayo Clinic Connect.

You can start with a referral from your Primary Care Provider or you can refer yourself, called a self-referral.

Your first interaction with Mayo Clinic will start with our Central appointment desk. See the number to call or request an appointment online here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.
Here the Appointment coordinators will introduce you to how the Mayo system works. Our Appointment schedulers use decision trees to determine where you will start with your Mayo experience. For example, if General Internal Medicine happens to be where you need to start, they will then request your medical records and schedule the appointment for you.

It has been in my experience that some referring facilities don't follow up with sending patient medical records from other facilities. It would be in your best interest to gather your records and have them with you when you attend your appointment so possible testing requested by your Mayo provider doesn't have to be repeated.

I will also connect you with members @v1crew @sauvee @coastalgirl @pbo2016 @rosemarya and @kdubois who have also had experience visiting Mayo Clinic. They may have more insight on navigating the facility as a patient and getting the most out of your Mayo Clinic experience.

I hope this answers some of your questions. Best of luck to you!

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Thanks for your response. I am at the stage of collecting information and perhaps will take the plunge in 2017.

@amkaloha I just replied (below) with how I got into Mayo. After 12 years of increasing illness, I took the plunge and first-went to Mayo Rochester in September 2015 -- best decision I ever made. Today, with a total of six visits and having gone as recently as October 2016, I can honestly say that they saved my life. I now have numerous diagnoses that had been overlooked at home, and my home doctors have better guidelines for my health. Because of my medical issues and genetic challenges, I will most likely have to keep returning to Mayo for the rest of my life, though less frequently than I have been going. One thing for sure: I feel so much better knowing that they are all there, ready-and-waiting to help when I need them again. They are all some of the nicest people I have ever met.

They've given me back the one thing I had completely lost... HOPE.

I have ailmentts that thus far have not been fifxed buy local doctors