Andrew Piropato, M.D., pediatric chief resident

Spending a month in Monticello, Minnesota, and being immersed in the clinic with Dr. Joseph Mahoney was an invaluable experience! 

The experience went far beyond just picking up the tricks of a seasoned pediatrician. It was a fabulous teaching environment and I was challenged to work on the important skills of a primary care doctor such as efficiency, anticipatory guidance, and dealing with uncertainty. With the welcoming nature of Dr. Mahoney, the staff, and the families, I felt like a part of the community. I loved going to work every day and having the privilege to care for children.

Ultimately, my experience on the rural pediatrics rotation confirmed my decision to practice in a smaller town after graduation. I would recommend this experience for any resident who is going into a primary care setting, especially those with plans to work outside of a metropolitan area. I am grateful to the Minnesota Masonic Charities for this opportunity—it is one that will make an impact on my career for years to come!

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NAME: Andrew Piropato, M.D.

RURAL ROTATION SITE: Monticello, Minnesota

RESIDENCY COMPLETION: June 2021, serving as pediatric chief resident through June 2022