Spotlight on Humanities Alumni: Todd Florin
Education (UR and additional): BA (Music), University of Rochester, 2000; MD, University of Rochester, 2005; MSCE, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Current city/state of residence: Cincinnati, OH
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Employer: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Family: Kemper LeCroy Florin (wife, MM Eastman School, 2005), Nathaniel Wills Florin (son, 9 months old)
Community activities: Music Director – Savoy Company
When and how did you choose your major?
I came to Rochester as part of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program. I thought I was going to be a microbiology major and a music minor. About one semester into my freshman year, I realized that I was going to be involved in science for the rest of my life as a physician, and wanted to immerse myself in something else that I loved and was passionate about, which was music. I had the option to go over to the Eastman School of Music as a vocal performance major or stay at the College of Arts and Sciences in the Music program – I opted for the latter, as I thought that being part of a vibrant liberal arts music program associated with a major conservatory was the best way for me to obtain a well-rounded musical education in theory, history and performance.
What do you do now and why did you choose this career?
I am a pediatric emergency medicine physician-epidemiologist and will become Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in July 2012. I love the intellectual challenge and variety offered by practicing medicine, and find it incredibly rewarding to care for children of all ages in their times of greatest need.
What skills, tools, or knowledge from your major have been most useful to you since graduation?
I have remained incredibly active in music at a high level, which I could not have done without the foundations that the music major gave me. I am currently the music director of The Savoy Company in Philadelphia, the world’s oldest company devoted to the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, and a principal conductor of the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA. I continue to freelance as a singer of opera, oratorio and concert works.
Where would you like to be in five years?
As happy as I am now with my family and my profession!
What advice do you have for current students?
Choose your major based on what you love to do in life, which may not necessarily be what you do as a profession (although you should consider that, as well, of course). You only get to go to college once and there will be few other times in your life when you can immerse yourself in so many different disciplines – take advantage of this time to learn a lot about the things you love to do and worry less about “getting to the next step.”