My name is Jacob Nafziger, and I am from the small town of Archbold, Ohio, which is about 2 hours east of South Bend. Archbold was a great town to grow up in for many reasons, but the most important is that it is also the town in which my wife grew up. We met in first grade and graduated high school together. Growing up in a small town gave me the opportunity to experience firsthand the influence a rural family doctor can have on his or her patients. It is common for the same doctor to see an entire family, spanning multiple generations. This had quite the impact on me, and I entered medical school determined to become a family doctor. As I completed my third and fourth-year rotations, I found myself enjoying many aspects of medicine, and further confirmed my passion for family medicine.
Memorial was a great fit for me because it offers a lot of what I looked for in a program: rigorous unopposed training in family medicine and obstetrics; motivated, hardworking faculty and staff that have a passion for teaching; and residents that support and care for one another.
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Devin, and our newborn son. He just started smiling, so my number one goal each day is to give him as many things to smile about as possible. I also enjoy golfing, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and using and collecting fountain pens.