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Joe Gorz
Alumnus, 2007, and Third-year Osteopathic Medicine Student
Clarkston, Michigan
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Joe Gorz

A medical mission builds on tradition.

Alumnus, 2007, and Third-year Osteopathic Medicine Student
Clarkston, Michigan


You might say Joe Gorz has medicine in his blood. The third-year osteopathic medicine student comes from a family of physicians, and he’s carrying on the tradition of caring for others—often in faraway places.

In August, Gorz co-organized a medical trip to Peru—his third trip there to treat patients—with fellow students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine. They raised funds to buy medical supplies and headed to the village of Huamachuco, nearly 11,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains, where they operated a clinic for a week and became familiar with tropical illnesses. In five days, they treated more than 1,000 patients, many of whom had never before visited a doctor.

Without sophisticated equipment or the ability to order a battery of tests, Gorz and his team relied on their fundamental clinical skills.

“Medicine is not more glamorous than anything else anyone else does,” says Gorz. “We’re here to serve the patients and the people and do a job. And if you forget that, you’ve really missed the ball and everything they’re teaching us.”