Why did you pursue podiatric medicine? The opportunity to make a direct impact on a patient's physical and mental health in a wide array of settings (clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, private practice) was really what got me motivated into podiatry. The vast diversity of cases and hands-on experience that I am exposed to on a daily basis always keeps me on my toes and excited for the next patient.
Why did you choose Kent State? Although location played a huge role in my continuing education, the atmosphere and student body at Kent was really what solidified my decision. The campus has an extremely welcoming environment and the student ambassadors along with the admission staff during my interview were very informative and comforting from the time I expressed interested all the way through the interview process.
Favorite aspect of Kent State now that you are a student here: 100% the student body. Whether it be within the walls of the school or outside, the student body is always collaborating, working together to make the journey easier, all the while trying to have a good time. I cannot fully speak for the other schools, but I would like to think that Kent State's large student body allows you to be involved with many different activities/organizations as well as make the most amount of friends and connections.
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school? Biggest two things I can recommend are to shadow podiatrists in different settings as well as make sure you are dedicated time management wise. Podiatry school is a grueling, yet rewarding journey where there is a constant process of juggling family, friends, significant others, schools, extracurricular activities, and time for yourself. Have a dedicated plan/agenda on how to manage these, put in the work, stay motivated, and you will be just fine.
What are some of the activities/clubs you are involved in at KSUCPM? I am the Director of Social Affairs for OPMSA which is the executive board of students that handles academic and social issues at the student level for podiatry students in Ohio. Additionally, I am a student ambassador, anatomy and microbiology teaching assistant, member of the men's basketball club, ACFAS, ASPS, and other student organizations at the college.
As a first-year student, what are some of the challenges you faced while transitioning into medical school? Transitioning from undergrad to professional school definitely was a struggle. The amount of free time in profession school is significantly less compared to undergrad and this was a major obstacle to adapt to during the first year. Additionally, the types/format of exams here are different. I had to tweak my study methods upon arriving here because you truly need to learn the information and apply it to case-based scenarios in the medical field.
What one word describes you best? Passionate
What one word best describes KSUCPM? Family
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