Resident Profile – Frank Gonzalez, MD
I was born and raised in Miami, FL, in a Cuban household. Growing up, I enjoyed science, but never really entertained the idea of practicing medicine. I went to Florida International University for my bachelor’s degree, where I majored in Chemistry, and was enrolled in the Army ROTC program as well. My life goal was to pursue a career as an Infantry Officer, so I entered the army in 2006, and learned to a bunch of really cool things, like parachuting! Eventually, my army stint landed me in southeastern Afghanistan for a year, where amongst other things, I had the chance to work with some army field surgeons (some were actually Family Medicine docs) and was really impressed by the tremendous work they did. I decided then and there, that since my contract was up in 2010, I would return to school, work hard, and become an army doctor myself. I landed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and of all the specialties I was exposed to, I most admired the family medicine doctors, due to their ingenuity, persistence, and wide breadth of knowledge, so I decided to become one. I also found great satisfaction in becoming a doctor in the Florida Army National Guard. Anyways, I am now a resident at the University of Florida and could not be happier. Go Gators! My interests include spending time with my family, exercising, and sports & wilderness medicine.