Why did you pursue podiatric medicine? Podiatric Medicine is such a unique field because you can truly fine tune your career to your passions. I love the balance between surgery and clinic because in such diverse settings you are able to treat a wide range of people and pathologies extending from children to the elderly. There is a great need for proper diabetic wound care in the aging populations of the US and Podiatrists are truly at the front of such care. While shadowing different Podiatrists I saw how genuinely happy they are because they provide immediate gratification to patients walking through their doors while also maintain a great family life outside of work!
Why did you choose Kent State? One of the biggest reasons why I chose to attend KSUCPM was the collective focus of the staff, faculty and students to become competent Podiatric Physicians. Every single person in the building is motivated to prepare you to become the best student and doctor you can be and that extends from the administrative faculty to the librarians working in our extensive library. I also was encouraged by the large class size because every single day I am able to interact and network with almost double the number of future Podiatrists than students at others schools. These connections will allow me to do better in classes, research externships, and at the end of four years, obtain an outstanding residency.
Favorite aspect of Kent State now that you are a student here: The community at Kent State has been my favorite part of being a student here because we truly become one big family. Everyone helps each other by providing study resources, tutoring and taking the time to teach first years about academics and clinical experiences. With such a large class size, I was able to meet so many different people from various walks of life so it makes the learning experience all the more enjoyable and diverse.
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school? I believe the biggest piece of advise I would have is to shadow! It is extremely important for you to expose yourself to the field and get an understanding of what is expected of a Podiatric physician. Shadowing multiple Podiatrists is also encouraged because you can witness the different specialties within the field and you will see the true diversity Podiatry offers. Speaking to current students at the Podiatry school is important so you can learn more about the academics behind the field.
What are some of the activities/clubs you are involved in at KSUCPM? I am part of the ACFAS (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons), KTE, Sports Medicine Club, and Podiatric Association for Diabetes. These organizations will host workshops, lectures, sporting events, mock anatomy practicals, and formals, to name a few so it’s a great way to learn more about the field and have some fun while doing so!
As a first-year student, what are some of the challenges you faced while transitioning into medical school? There is a lot of information to learn at once and at first it was definitely overwhelming. But with proper time management skills and an understanding that you have to take it piece by piece the workload became much more manageable. In undergrad it was so natural to cram for an exam the week before but there is no way you can do that here. Making sure I rest properly and sleep well was also crucial because I realized that im way more productive in the morning than late at night so I shifted my sleep schedule around to fit that.
What one word describes you best? Joyful
What one word best describes KSUCPM? Family
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