Dr. Mattke is a pediatric consultant at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center where she has have worked for four years since graduating in 2012 from Mayo Clinic’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine residency.
What does a typical day or week look like for you?
I practice primarily outpatient pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, MN. I see patients about three to four days per week in my outpatient clinic which is a satellite, primary care clinic in Northeast Rochester. I spend a half-day per week supervising the pediatric residents’ outpatient clinic. This is my favorite part of the week. I am pretty sure I learn as much from the residents and their patients’ diagnoses as they learn from me. Their upbeat energy fuels my tank for the week. I am also part of the social media team for the Children’s Center.
What’s one pediatric issue you are particularly passionate about and why?
Childhood health and educational inequities. This topic is daunting and a huge elephant in our examination rooms. It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to try to improve a child’s physical and mental health when there are so many barriers they face when leaving our room, including just trying to survive, wondering when their next meal will be, avoiding violence or abuse at home, or dealing with institutional racism. I’m also pretty passionate about vaccines; they are the greatest public health invention of this millennium.
You’ve been called a social media maven. What role do you believe social media plays in pediatrics? How are you teaching other physicians how to use it effectively?
I am currently tasked with trying to increase the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center’s social media presence such that we can better reach patients and their families. The reality is that social media and the internet are now major contributors to the health literacy of our patients and families. We need to be actively reaching out to them with accurate, evidence-based information. Otherwise, we risk having our patients and families presented with misinformation that can have real, harmful effects (autism and immunizations, need I say more?).
I have led educational sessions regarding the “How To’s” of using social media to interested departmental staff. I am also hosting a monthly show called #AskTheMayoMom, which we are now broadcasting on Facebook live that is interactive and answers viewers’ questions and also has monthly themes with an expert guest. We aim to share what we have learned along the way with other care providers via formal presentations and evidence-based research.
You’re an active member of MNAAP. What other organizations are you involved with and why?
Sadly, very few now. My main “organization” is my family. I have had to scale back for my sanity. I have two boys, Griffin (4 years-old) and Graham (1 year old) and my amazing husband and partner of 15 years, John, who is a radiologist at Mayo Clinic.
What’s one thing most people are surprised to learn about you?
I was a mid-distance runner in high school and college. My second-career plan is to volunteer for the National Park Service when I retire with my husband. I love hiking and being outdoors.
What’s one of the best or funniest things a patient has ever said to you in clinic?
My funniest thing I cannot repeat. It had to do with how the patient thought she had contracted an STI. The patient’s proposed route of transmission was impossible, but humorous.
Anything else you want to add?
It’s been inspiring and educational to be a part of the MNAAP board of directors and see advocacy bring about meaningful change.