Dr. Francis M. Goldshmid: Minnie Lee Lancaster, M.D., Scholarship Award in Family Medicine

By Donna Steph Hansard

Dr. Francis Goldshmid decided on a career in medicine the night his great-grandmother died. He was in the seventh grade.

Dr. Francis Goldshmid
Dr. Francis Goldshmid

“My great-grandma, Clara, had Alzheimer’s disease and was in a group care home,” Dr. Goldshmid recalled. “The night that I learned about her death, I remember staring at myself in the mirror, heaving and sobbing, and I decided I wouldn’t let people suffer anymore. I pledged myself to it … I decided to become a physician so that I could help alleviate thesuffering of others, or at least provide a helping hand to someone in need.”

Dr. Goldshmid is the 2012 recipient of the Minnie Lee Lancaster, M.D.,Scholarship Award in Family Medicine. He will serve his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, which offers a four-year residency program that includes an obstetrics and gynecology fellowship. The Lancaster award honors Dr. Lancaster and her husband, Dr. Edgar Lancaster, who in 1953 opened the Grapevine Clinic and Hospital. It was the first clinic in Grapevine and later would become Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.

“Francis Goldshmid truly understands what it means to be a person’s physician, and has an uncanny ability to create a sincere rapport with his patients,” said Dr. Jayer Chung, Assistant Professor of Surgery. “He understands that getting the diagnosis and a treatment plan is the easy part. He takes the patient’s own personal values into consideration, thereby individualizing the care to his patients, and understands that the rapportis how to most effectively and sincerely deliver care to his patients.”

After growing up in Philadelphia and moving to Dallas at age 18, Dr.Goldshmid graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees inbiology and chemistry.

He was 13 when his father had quadruple bypass surgery, and he became the “man of the house.”  He lived at home during college, in orderto help his mother take care of the house and family.

Dr. Goldshmid discovered family medicine during a rotation in Tyler. “I don’t think I chose family medicine, so much as it chose me,” he said. “I used to read a lot of Spider-Man comics as a kid, and I’ll never forget one of the first lessons I learned: ‘With great power, comes great responsibility.’

“It always seemed to me that people who have great power – be it monetary, intellectual, artistic, influential, or otherwise – have an absolute obligation to help those less fortunate than themselves. During my rotation in Tyler, I saw that family medicine presented the best opportunity for me to live by this philosophy.

”Dr. Goldshmid said he eventually wants to work in a rural town and be a “town doc, like in the old days, doing house calls and practicing a full spectrum of family medicine – womb-to-tomb care.” His long-term career goal is to establish a full-service free clinic staffed by UT Southwestern alums and friends – doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and more.

“In family medicine, people come to you at their most vulnerable times and allow themselves to get to know you, and for you to get to know them,” he said. “They tell you their deepest fears, secrets, successes, failures, and joys. That is where I believe health care – or patient care – begins.”