Medicine-preliminary, Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina in Greenville, South Carolina
Radiology-diagnostic, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida
When facing a difficult situation in the hospital, John Mayfield calls upon the wisdom he gained from years spent working in restaurants and running wine programs as an advanced sommelier in New York and Miami. He says some of the most valuable lessons he learned from his hospitality background are how to resolve conflict, navigate tough scenarios with confidence and establish common ground to find a viable solution. Sometimes, the philosophy of Marriott hotels even pops into his mind: LEARN (Listen, Empathize, Apologize, React, Notify).
He will carry these lessons and more with him when he graduates from the UF College of Medicine this spring and moves to Tampa with his wife and child to pursue a radiology residency at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine after a preliminary year at Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina.
“I was looking for a specialty that provides opportunities to push myself and also offers balance for my family, and I learned radiology was much more than sitting in a dark room,” says Mayfield, who took an extra day during each residency interview to scope out schools for his 4-year-old daughter, Violet, who begins kindergarten this fall. “As a radiologist, you become a master of anatomy, and you’re a consultant for every service, allowing you to see almost every patient in the hospital. Before medical school, I caught the teaching bug when I worked as a director of education and marketing for a national wholesale wine distributor, and I’d like to remain in academia. For me to understand something is one thing, but to teach someone else is a whole other level.”