After burying his father and taking time to mourn Roland would relocate to Rochester, Minnesota to start his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Every night going to bed Roland would sit down and talk to his mother as if she was still there with him, there was something comforting to him to have someone to speak to even if he knew no one was listening. For three years Roland would use the skills he had learned to help anyone he could, as well as learning the ins and outs of working in an activate medical practice and hospital. Roland saw many people drop out of their residency for one reason or another, he could never understand what would make a person turn away from giving out the most precious gift anyone could, a second chance.
After completing his residency Roland decided it was time for a break and took a year to be himself, he adopted a dog he lovingly named after his mother and traveled abroad taking time to clear his head and prepare for the reality and mortality of life and the practice of medicine. During this time Roland would meet the woman he would eventually call his wife, Alyssa was a beautiful young pharmaceutical representative and was a spitting image of the vibrant and caring person that Roland himself was. In lieu of a fancy and prolonged wedding Roland and Alyssa would pull the trigger during a music festival in Nevada, no family, no friends, just the two of them and the experiences they shared.
Shortly after settling back down Roland would return to the Mayo Clinic to begin his three year internship with the surgical team. The first two years of his surgical internship were a blur of learning and beautiful moments, Roland would never forget the first time he made the cut to save someones life or assisting in the cesarean section to bring new life. During his third and final year of surgical residency Roland would be assisting with the on call surgical team for the emergency room. Being on call for the ER was never a pretty site and you never know what you would see but Roland took it in stride, by the end of his internship Roland was an accomplished surgeon and had performed and assisted in a number of operations. Roland destroyed his ABS certification test and was finally at the end of his dream and was ready to begin his career.
Before leaving the Mayo Clinic to pursue his career Roland was confronted by a colleague from the pediatric surgical team, he offered to take Roland on another two years to train him in pediatric surgery. Seeing this as yet another way to help people, to keep parents from losing their children and to give children a second chance Roland gladly accepted. Two years later Roland was qualified in pediatric surgery and once again aced his ABS certification for the pediatric field of surgery.