Spring 2018 Footsteps


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From the Dean's Desk

A message from Dean Allan Boike, DPM on the coming season at KSUCPM

U.S. Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup Delivers 2018 Commencement Speech

On Saturday, May 12th, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine gathered at Cartwright Hall at the University’s Kent Campus to see off another class of podiatrists, ready to take the Podiatric Physician’s Oath and dedicate themselves in service to the health of humanity. This year, KSUCPM proudly welcomed Dr. Brad Wenstrup, Congressman from Ohio’s 2nd District and Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, to deliver the commencement that will release the Class of 2018 to their futures.

KSUCPM Students Receive 1st Place poster at the 2018 ACFAS national scientific conference

ACFAS understands that research posters present a valuable educational experience for students, and so all nine podiatry schools in the country are required to present a foot and ankle surgery-focused research poster at the ACFAS National Scientific Conference each year. President-Elect Natasha, President Britain Wetzel, MSIV and classmate Kelly Rogers, MSIV, were given the opportunity to represent KSUCPM and attend this year's National Conference in Nashville, TN.

The History behind severance hall: home of the 2018 KSUCPM Hall of fame induction ceremony

Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH boasts a rich history of music, culture, architecture and, yes, an estimated 40 graduation ceremonies where hundreds of young students became Doctors of Podiatric Medicine. The Hall’s architectural significance has been recognized by local and national preservation societies, including the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. This August, alumni, family and friends of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine will bask in the grandeur of Severance Hall to bestow honors upon several alumni, including the induction of three into its Hall of Fame Society. Before attending the Alumni & Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Saturday, August 18th, here is the history of Cleveland’s long-beloved Severance Hall.

What your endowed gift can do for KSUCPM

Did you know that an average podiatry school student in 2018 will graduate with $208,000 in student loan debt? Here's how you can help!

Students visit Nicaragua on medical mission trip

Throughout the course of their education at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), students may develop a passion to serve communities outside of our great nation. Sai Narra, a fourth year podiatry student at KSUCPM is one of these students. “I have wanted to go on a mission trip since my first year here at KSUCPM,” Sai explains, “I felt that it was something that our curriculum was missing and that would add to my clinical experience”. Feeling inspired as she watched the journey of three classmates’ mission trip in 2015, Sai and three of her classmates seized the opportunity for themselves

KSUCPM Faculty and students conduct research using CurveBeam PedCAT weight-bearing ct scanner

Through a grant funded by the OCPM Foundation, KSU was able to acquire a CurveBeam pedCAT weight-bearing CT scanner.  This unit utilizes cone-beam technology to yield low dose scans of either one or both feet, and to date, is the only one of its kind in Northeast Ohio.  Part and parcel with this process, three potentially ground breaking research projects were proposed, all dealing with controversial topics in podiatric pre-operative evaluation. 

Student Research Spotlight: Craig Verdin

Craig Verdin, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, is a Class of 2019 podiatric medical student at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM). Verdin began his educational journey to podiatry with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. Following undergrad, he went on to complete two summer research internships at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, which is where he discovered his passion for academic medicine.


A Word from the library

Thank you for your in-kind donations to the KSUCPM Library!

KSUCPM Digitizing yearbooks to display on website

Stay tuned for all Occopodian issues to be displayed at www.kent.edu/cpm!

KSUCPM Student named 2018 APMSA national student of the year

Every year, each of the nine podiatry colleges throughout the country are faced with choosing a student of the year: one who demonstrates what it takes to be a successful student of podiatric medicine, makes an impact on their school, and furthers the profession on a national level. The student of the year is nominated and voted upon by each student body based on criteria under the following categories: professionalism/ accountability, involvement with the college, community involvement, and contribution and dedication to the profession.

Advisory board members honored with emeritus status

The Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) Advisory Board serves to provide leadership in the growth and development of the college, to raise, and recommend disbursement of funds for the benefit of the college and to perform any and all other functions necessary to accomplish said purpose. In 2017, both Steven J. Berlin, DPM, and Henry B. Green, DPM were honored with Emeritus Status. Emeritus Status is given to members of the board who have completed outstanding, loyal, and faithful service, and whom are appointed at the recommendation of the board and the campus dean.

Thank you to 2013-2018 KSUCPM advisory board chairman, Gene Pascarella, DPM

For the past five years, Dr. Gene Pascarella has passionately served as Chair of the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) Advisory Board. 

Where in the world is KSUCPM?

On the road for CME events? We are too! Stop by the KSUCPM alumni table at the events listed here to register for our events, get a replacement KSUCPM diploma, or just say "hi"!