John Gorman, COM ‘14

2013 TUC Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient


Gorman with wife Jessica & daughter Heidi

How do you pursue your D.O., while tackling the role of new D.A.D.? John Gorman, one of the 2013 Touro University California Alumni Association Scholarship recipients, says it’s all about balance. Read on to learn more about this stand-out student doctor, seen left with his wife Jessica and daughter Heidi.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I grew up in San Diego, California and attended the University of Arizona where I majored in Veterinary Science and played lacrosse. At that time I was split between veterinary medicine and human medicine but after working in a hospital I quickly realized my passion was with human medicine.  I married my wife Jessica the year before entering medical school and we just had our daughter Heidi in the Spring during my third year.

Q: What did receiving the Alumni Scholarship mean to you?
A: I was proud to be recognized for my dedication to becoming a well-rounded physician. It served both as acknowledgement of my past achievements as well as encouragement to continue improving myself and my community. This award also could not have come at a better time since I received it just before our daughter was born. And, as you may know, babies aren't cheap.

Q: What do you like most about Touro?
A: I like the concept of balance that is stressed at Touro and its importance in sustaining a healthy lifestyle. In medical school it is very easy to be consumed with studying and quickly burn out. However, balancing the stress of this "fire hose of knowledge" with philanthropy, consistent exercise, eating well and especially spending time with family and friends makes the quest for life-long learning much more sustainable.

Q: What have been some of your accomplishments during your time at Touro thus far?
A: My greatest accomplishment while at Touro University is being set to graduate as the Valedictorian for the COM class of 2014. During my first two years at Touro I was dedicated to being an active member of the school and community. I developed and chaired the Mare Island 5K which raised thousands of dollars for the community. I also served over 50 hours of community service volunteering at local health fairs, working at the student run health clinic and many other philanthropic events. Another important accomplishment in my eyes was achieving this while also being able to go hiking and have a date night with my wife every weekend.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: In my spare time my wife, daughter and our dog Indie love to be outdoors. We enjoy everything from running to camping, backpacking and kayaking. We also enjoy her view in the "Baby Bjorn."

Q: What do you plan to do after you graduate?
A: After graduation I plan to complete a transitional year internship and radiology residency at one of the three US Naval Medical Centers. After completing my training I plan on enjoying the adventures the Navy has to offer and continue a career in Navy medicine.

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