Mother and son physician team and Keck School of Medicine of USC alumni Jean and Todd Forman shared their tips on finding fulfillment in family practice at a recent Soul of Medicine series lecture.
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Soul of Medicine lecture keeps family practice in the family
By Sara Reeve
What drives a student's desire to become a physician and how can a student retain that passion as they endure the daily grind of their training? Those questions were the topic of discussion at the Sept. 21 presentation, "Sublime Family Medicine," a part of the Soul of Medicine series presented by the USC Office of Religious Life and the USC Levan Institute of Humanities and Ethics.
Mother and son physician team Jean and Todd Forman, both Keck School of Medicine of USC alumni, spoke about the paths they took to find fulfillment in family practice. The two, who practice together in Newport Beach, Calif., took different routes. Jean, who at 56 was the oldest graduate of the Keck School, pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a family doctor after raising four children and caring for elderly parents. Todd, a saxophonist with the band "Sublime," struggled with balancing music, medicine and family life, but learned to incorporate all his loves into his lifestyle.
"It seems so hard to be able to inspire people [to improve their health], but if you hold on to the soul of why you went into medicine, and you start to live in that realm all the time, and you communicate that to your patients—it happens," said Todd.
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