The winter 2016 issue of The Ohio Family Physician depicted the past, present, and future of family medicine. Multi-generational family stories were published in the issue that portray the true meaning of “putting the family in family medicine.” These stories provide inspiration to bring joy back to practicing family medicine with an emphasis on the patient-physician relationship and caring for communities. Together, we can bring back this joy, combat physician burnout, and increase physician resiliency.
One of the families featured was the Jose family—meet them in the following segment and look for other family stories in upcoming editions of the Weekly Family Medicine Update, on the OAFP website, and on the Academy’s Facebook and twitter pages.
Welcome to campus, Mom and Dad—for the second time this month. For Joseph (Joey) Jose, a medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University, he knows what each visit will be like when his parents, Mathew Jose, MD, and Priya Jose, come visit.
“We talk about health care and family medicine every time we see each other. My father will give me case scenarios based on interesting encounters he may have had throughout the week. These are exhilarating moments for me. I finally have the opportunity to utilize all this mumbo jumbo they teach at medical school (kidding, kidding—mostly) and apply it to a ‘real’ person. Other than that, my father likes finding interesting articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and showing them to me. I assume this is to make me learn yet more, although I’m pretty sure I’m running out of data room,” said Joey.
The son of a biochemist, Dr. Jose’s interest in medicine piqued growing up in a medical-based household. He now practices in Wapakoneta, OH, at Mathew M. Jose Inc., where Pryia is also part of the practice staff. The Jose family is actively involved in the Wapakoneta community. Joey spent his summer vacation working under his father at Mathew M. Jose Inc as part of the OAFP Foundation’s LeRoy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program.
“I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the intricacies of family medicine. You start to realize that you are not just a physician treating patients. You become a part of the community itself,” said Joey.
“Another major shaping point for me was volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This signaled to me that I have a true desire to help others. I like to think that at this time in my life I was pretty much set about going into medicine.”
Read other inspiring family stories in the winter 2016 issue of The Ohio Family Physician.