Pediatricians' Paths Cross ... Again

September 05, 2018 06:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- They come from far different backgrounds, settling into new jobs, driven by their love of children.

And their paths have crossed …  again.


"I would say we are friends and colleagues, and also I think going through residency training together is kind of a special bond," said Dr. Francesca McCutcheon.

Lima, Peru and the northern reaches of North Dakota are half a world apart. But they've found common ground in Albert Lea.

"We met the first day of orientation for our pediatric residency," McCutcheon told us.

“We made a poster," Dr. Bianca Johnson added. “It was a way for everyone in our residency group to get to know each other."

McCutcheon grew up in Peru: "Residency can be really hard, you spend a lot of time with people and it's good to know other stuff about them that's not in the hospital."

"I was looking for a job that I could work as a general pediatrician in the area,” said Johnson, who grew up in a small North Dakota town, not far from the Canadian border. “So I was hired first here and I knew she was looking for a job, so I told her to check it out."

"And I did,” McCutcheon said. “I came out here and I really liked the feeling of the community, and also it being Mayo."

Today, they’re both new pediatricians at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

“It's been very nice because I feel very comfortable just walking into her office and asking about things," Johnson said.

“I trained with her," McCutcheon said, "so I know how bright she is, so I look to her for guidance."

And medicine runs in the family: “One thing that definitely binds us is both of our husbands are both in training, and they're both in surgical residency," Johnson said.

“And that's our lives, kind of meshed into work," McCutcheon added.


Dan Conradt

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