Virtual Interview: Message from Dean Boike

We have entered uncharted territory in this era of COVID-19. Each day members of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Kent State University are working together to address the priorities of student safety and the educational experience.

I am often asked what sets Kent State apart from other programs of podiatric medicine, and while I can think of a lot of reasons, the first that always comes to mind is “the people.” While I am disappointed that I may not have the chance to meet you in person, we are doing our best to provide you with the information you would have received had you been able to spend a day with our students, faculty and staff. I hope that you will still be able to learn about and feel the sense of warmth, collaboration, and community that our students embody.

I understand that this is a trying time for everyone, especially as students pursuing a career in medicine. I imagine that you are pursuing medicine to serve others – and the most vulnerable around us. That is especially the case today as doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team are serving on the front lines of this pandemic. Pursuing medicine is not easy, and it is particularly difficult at a time like this. Be assured, though, that your commitment to medicine is important.

We need individuals like you more than ever before.

If I can offer any support, or answer any questions, please reach out to the College at Your message will be forwarded to my personal inbox.

Thank you,

Allan Boike, DPM, FACFAS