Featured Osteopathic Family Physician:
Jennifer Lorine,  DO

Jennifer Lorine, DO, is a private practice owner in Norristown, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. She is also an osteopathic manipulative medicine laboratory clinical instructor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Lorine attended Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a bachelor’s of science in biology with minors in chemistry, physiology and psychology.

From there, she went to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated in 2010. At PCOM, she became the Nutrition in Medicine Club President. She completed an internship and residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Pennsylvania.

Her honors and awards include the City Avenue Physicians Award, POMA Family Medicine Medicine Shadowing Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship Gwynedd-Mercy College.

She is professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Osteopathy, American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society.

She advises that undecided osteopathic students should try elective rotations in specialties and think about what they want their lifestyle to be when they graduate. She adds that family medicine opens up a host of new opportunities.

She says the best mentors are ones who are good listeners who aren’t too pushy.

Q: What kind of person makes the best osteopathic family physician?
The osteopathic family physician should be an intelligent, kind, compassionate person who likes people.  As a physician, you are dedicating your life to people, as a family physician you will have the opportunity to see them throughout all stages of their lives.

Q: What is your best advice for students who are undecided?
If you are unsure of what you want to do, try elective rotations in specialties that you find interesting.  Don’t judge a specialty by one rotation.  It is important to include future lifestyle in your decision.  As you go through your rotations, say to yourself:  “Can I do this for the rest of my life?” “Is this lifestyle compatible with what I want for myself and my family?”   Remember, family medicine is not cut and dry, you are not boxed into anything by doing a family medicine residency - it opens up a world of opportunities.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of osteopathic family medicine?
I enjoy continuity of care.  I have also always been fascinated with the musculoskeletal system and related conditions.   As an Osteopathic family physician, you will have a unique opportunity to better treat patients with these complaints.

Q: Why did you go into osteopathic family medicine?
Knowing already that I was interested in both Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and Integrative Medicine, I knew that I wanted a solid general background.  My training gave me the opportunity to advance my diagnostic skills due to the wide variety of conditions seen.

Q: What do you know now in regard to selecting a specialty that you wish you knew when you were an osteopathic medical student?
I wish I did more electives in other specialties that I found interesting early on.  There is no harm in spending time to learn more about something that you are interested in.  Overall, the Match can be a stressful process, but shouldn’t be.   If you fall in love with a specialty, you are probably right, but be sure it is not just location or faculty specific.  If you are at an interview and find it to be extraordinarily anxiety provoking or stressful, you are probably in the wrong place.  

Q: What qualities should students look for in a mentor and what are some red flags for them to avoid?
Students should look for a mentor who is willing to listen and provide guidance, but is not too pushy. 

Q: What have your mentors taught you?
They have encouraged me to persevere, to never stop learning, and to not be afraid to speak up and get involved.

Q: What specific questions should students ask their mentors?

  • What path did they take to get where they are?
  • Why did they choose that specialty?
  • Would they change anything if they had the opportunity?


Published May, 2015