Mohamed Yusuf’s Love Affair With Respiratory Care
A visit to the Emergency Department confirmed that Mohamed Yusuf had chosen the right medical career path.
Soon after being accepted into the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS) Respiratory Care Program, Yusuf shadowed Mindy Eickhoff, RRT, a trauma respiratory therapist at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. She escorted him to the Emergency Department, where Yusuf was dazzled by Eickhoff’s knowledge and passion treating patients with life-threatening conditions.
“She made me fall in love with respiratory care,” he says.
Yusuf, RRT, a May 2016 graduate from the MCSHS Respiratory Care Program and the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), joined Mayo Clinic
the following month as a respiratory therapist in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Saint Marys Campus.
“I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field,” Yusuf says. “Now I get to provide a meaningful impact directly on patient care.”
Yusuf was born in Yemen; his family had previously left war-torn Somalia. The family immigrated to the United States when he was 4 years old, eventually settling in Rochester.
After high school, Yusuf attended Rochester Community and Technical College and then transferred to UMR. During the 21-month Respiratory Care Program, Yusuf’s instructors say he was a leader, mentoring students, scoring near the top in a state respiratory care competition, and presenting a poster at the national meeting of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
That has continued in his work at Mayo Clinic. At the end of the year, he will start training to be a trauma respiratory therapist. He also aspires to be part of a transport team that “brings Mayo Clinic to the patient.”
“I want to be challenged,” Yusuf says. “I really like the Emergency Department because you don’t know what’s coming through those doors. You need to think critically and be aware of all of the situations with the whole body and how they relate to cardiopulmonary function.”
Best of all, he has opportunities every day to help people through a medical crisis.
“When the wife gives you a hug and says, ‘Thank you for saving my husband,’ I’ve never encountered a better feeling,” Yusuf says. “It’s an amazing career.”