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For the purpose of the article, Dr. Joshua Grossman will be
referred to by his preferred nickname "Dr. Josh".
Dr. Josh decided that he wanted to become a physician at the age
of six when he had his appendix removed. Although the procedure was
uncomplicated and he recovered easily, the experience exposed him
to "the fundamental value of a timely diagnosis" and inspired him
pursue a career in medicine to serve others.
A Rich Resume
Dr. Josh received his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, Maryland where he was born and raised. He
earned his medical degree at the Washington University School of
Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri and then completed his cardiology
fellowship at the University of Maryland Hospital System. As to why
Dr. Josh chose internal medicine, "I chose internal medicine to
provide consultation-liaison with my most highly distinguished
colleagues in other fields of medicine." His decision to pursue
internal medicine has served him well as demonstrated by his many
successful professional and mentoring endeavors throughout his
While attending Johns Hopkins University,
Dr. Josh met, and ultimately, was mentored by Dr. Alfred Blalock,
who had a profound impact on his life and influenced his own
decision to become a mentor throughout his medical career. Blalock
became famous for developing the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a surgical
procedure for babies born with blue baby syndrome which is a heart
defect in infants that can be fatal. Dr. Josh had always revered
the surgical procedures and research that Blalock had done and is
honored to be able to refer to him as a mentor.
After medical school, Dr. Josh had a long and successful career
with the United States military in the U.S Army Medical Corps. His
father-in-law had served in World War II under General George S.
Patton and gifted Dr. Josh with his army uniform when he joined the
military. He served as the Critical Care Unit Director at Fort
George Meade in Odenton, Maryland and also served as Chief of
Medicine during his deployment in South Korea at the 121 Evacuation
Hospital. After completing his service in South Korea, Dr. Josh
worked at the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
Ashville, North Carolina while also serving as Section Leader of
the 329th Army Reserve in Ashville. He is retired from the military
and holds the title of Full Bird Colonel.
Following his service at the VA center, Dr. Josh was assigned to
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia
where he served as Staff Cardiologist. Although Dr. Josh's
placement was chosen without ever meeting the staff at Army Reserve
Component Personnel, he felt that the position was a great fit and
soon felt like "part of the family." "The representatives told me
to go work at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and that I would be
very happy there and they were right. I meet a lot of very
different and interesting people there." After serving in Georgia,
Dr. Josh moved to the Upper East Tennessee area to serve at the
James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City,
A Lifelong Commitment to Mentoring
While at Quillen, Dr. Josh worked with a number of international
medical graduates who were preparing for the United States Medical
Licensure Exam III (U.S.M.L.E III), which all medical school
graduates must take in order to become a certified physician.
Mentoring has always been a major part of Dr. Josh's life.
"Mentoring fulfills my lifelong commitment to learning." He
realized that the international medical graduates did not have
anyone to guide them through the preparation process for the
U.S.M.L.E III exams. "My rule of thumb in life is to find a need
and then fill it, and that is what I did for these students." He
enjoyed interacting with the medical graduates of different
cultural backgrounds and even learned to speak several phrases in
Spanish, Russian, and Swahili. While mentoring, Dr. Josh spent his
time giving advice and meeting with medical graduates in order to
ensure that they were adequately prepared to sit for their exams.
He wrote "Detox Diagnostics- Keeping Medicine in Psychiatry" which
was published in the January 2003 edition of Psychiatric Times
based on his experience tutoring international medical graduates
for the U.S.M.LE III exams.
Dr. Josh firmly believes that the benefits of having a mentor
are many. He further believes that acting as a mentor provides
opportunities for helping students with positive references, which
can be critical to their future.
Dr. Josh formed one of his most profound mentoring relationships
with Georgia Nannette Feeback, B.S.N., M.S.N., C.C.N.U, who was his
supervisor, while training to be an Advanced Cardiac Life Support
instructor. "Our mentoring relationship went both ways, I learned a
lot both personally and professionally from Ms. Feeback and we
still keep in touch." Feeback credits Dr. Josh for teaching her to
never take herself too seriously and the importance of keeping the
fun in all that she does. "What makes Dr. Josh such a great mentor
is that he truly cares about what he is teaching and who is
teaching. He makes learning fun, interesting, and relative to work
and life." Feeback recently traveled to Tennessee to watch Dr. Josh
perform in the in the Jonesborough Repertory Theater production of
Dr. Josh currently serves as a volunteer Advanced Cardiac Life
Support instructor at the Bristol Regional Medical Center in
Bristol, Tennessee and continues to spend time mentoring medical
graduates for the U.S.M.L.E III exam.
Dr. Josh and his wife, Mickey, performing in the British
comedy, "The Real Inspector Hound" at the Johnson City Community
In his spare time, Dr. Josh and his wife of 47 years, Mickey,
enjoy performing with their local community theater, The Johnson
City Community Theater. Dr. Josh demonstrated his dedication to the
theater when he performed in the role of Chief Sitting Bull three
weeks after having surgery for thyroid cancer in the production of
"Annie Get Your Gun." He has also played the roles of
Gonzales in "Summer and Smoke" and Padre Perez in the
"Man of La Mancha." He and his wife most recently
performed in the production of "Funeral for a
For Dr. Josh's advice on "Finding the Right Mentor", visit:
Dr. Josh can also be reached for mentoring questions by e-mail:
September 2011 Issue of IMpact
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