Essay question (?) for new patients

Posted by tracy124 @tracy124, Aug 19, 2021

When I applied to be a patient at Mayo a couple of years ago I remember a question on the application that was almost like a college essay question. It was something to the effect of "Why do you think you would benefit from being a patient at Mayo Clinic?" I've tried to find that question on the website but can't. Does anyone remember the exact wording? And do they no longer ask that question?
Thank you!

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Hi @tracy124
You will find the online appointment request form here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

The form has been updated and now consists of 4 short sections:
1. Patient Information
This section takes about 5 minutes. You are asked to fill out information like your name, age, and contact information.

2. Primary Concern
This section takes about 2 minutes. You are asked 2 questions:
a. Please tell us about your primary medical concern. This will help us learn about how we can help. In 300 characters (~60 words) or less.
b. Are there any other medical concerns you’d like to discuss? In 300 characters (~60 words) or less

3. Insurance Details

4. Wrap up

No more essay questions. Phew.

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Thanks, Colleen. Am I correct that in 2009 there would have been a question as I described, i.e. "Why do you think you would benefit from being a patient at Mayo Clinic?"

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Sorry, I meant 2019. Just two years ago!

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I remember answering that question in 2016.

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@bernese53

I remember answering that question in 2016.

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Thanks for confirming, I didn't think I was misremembering, but you never know.

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We all want to know what you answered AND if they graded you. Haha. Silly bunch these dr/researchers.

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I can’t remember and it was a month or two back – I can’t blame Chemo brain any longer, so I’ll need to add total blackouts to my list of symptoms for something to be determined! Lol

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@happy2bhear

I can’t remember and it was a month or two back – I can’t blame Chemo brain any longer, so I’ll need to add total blackouts to my list of symptoms for something to be determined! Lol

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It's hard for me to remember all the details, which is why I posted. I know I was very anxious about being accepted as a patient at Mayo. I had a pretty severe orthopedic problem and was facing surgery on my upper spine. At some point I went back and "rewrote" my answer to the question, incorporating a lot of the specific medical terminology that I'd picked up from one of the clinical reports from a non-Mayo doctor. I don't know if that did the trick, but Mayo did take me on, and the surgery was quite successful. Hoping you have equally positive results.

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That is good news! Love a success story😍

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