If you haven’t already, you can read my first post about applying for an appointment at the Mayo Clinic here. As a refresher, I explained previously that the woman we spoke to at the Clinic told my mom and I that after we submitted the form explaining my symptoms, we would be notified in 3 business days whether or not we had been approved for an appointment.
I submitted my form the afternoon after I had received the email. It took me less than a half hour to fill it out and I felt confident that I had been able to thoroughly explain my history and my goals for our visit. They asked what symptoms I was experiencing, which was impacting my quality of life the most, how I had already attempted to treat/diagnose each symptom, and what I hoped to accomplish at the Mayo Clinic. At the time I submitted the form, I also received an email asking me to watch two short informational videos about what to expect on my visit. The next morning, I got the call from the Mayo Clinic. I was approved for an appointment! I will be traveling to Minnesota within the next month. The woman in charge of scheduling me did offer us a slightly sooner appointment, but we wanted an appointment at the beginning of the week to hopefully avoid having to stay through the weekend, since the hospital is only open on weekdays.
Now, I know that I said this in my last post, but it remains true that everybody we have spoken with at the Mayo Clinic so far has been so compassionate, patient, and helpful. I feel confident that I am truly in the best hands, and am optimistic about my visit. Upon scheduling my Internal Medicine appointment, the woman from the scheduling department informed me that they would send us lodging information and general Mayo Clinic pamphlets so that we can educate ourselves about what to expect, and how to get the most out of our visit. They also would be sending over a packet of information for me to fill out and review. The letter attached with the packet asks that you return this information as quickly as possible, so they can process the information before your visit and you won’t experience any delays. We received these packets in the mail within a week, although they could have arrived sooner- my family just doesn’t always check the mail everyday.
The packet they included asked for specific administrative information, such as any insurance informations for policies you have, a copy of your insurance cards, a contact person, etc. Basically, the information a doctor asks for when you fill out new patient forms. As of 10/17, I have completed the forms and sent them back to Mayo in the envelope that they included.
I really hope you are enjoying this series so far, and that it helps you if you or someone you know is considering the Mayo Clinic. I am planning to keep posting about my experiences with the hospital, the staff, and anything else I think someone might find useful, so make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out on any updates! And of course, let me know if you have any questions on something I might not have mentioned. Thanks for reading!