Why did you choose podiatric medicine? I had a great opportunity to shadow a podiatrist in my hometown, who also happened to be a good family friend. This was someone who I looked up to greatly and had a lot of respect for. He showed me what podiatry was all about and I was hooked. The way he interacted with his patients and the joy they got out of seeing him was something that made a lasting impression with me.
Why did you choose Kent State? KSUCPM was always high on the priority list because it was in a familiar spot, in North East Ohio. However, what really drew me to Kent was the people. Prior to applying, I visited campus and the rest is history. The people at Kent were so friendly and willing to help as much as possible in any situation. That's the type of environment you need in something as rigorous as medical school. Not to mention, the academics and clinical opportunities are second to none.
Favorite aspect of Kent State now that you are a student here: Once again, the people here at KSU! I've met some great people here who are driven and some of the most genuine people I've met. It's great to be surrounded by individuals who are motivated to succeed not only in Podiatry but life as well. It inspires me to be the best possible person I can possibly be.
As a first-year student, what are some of the challenges you faced while transitioning into medical school?
A big challenge for me was balancing the school schedule and getting a feel for when/what to study outside of class. The first couple of weeks is all about finding your groove!
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school?
This is a great field to get into! Shadow a Podiatrist or multiple podiatrists to get a grasp of how the work/life balance is. Ask them questions and learn as much as you can about the field so you can be sure this is a field you could see yourself growing and fitting in with.
What are some of the activities/clubs you are involved in at KSUCPM?
I am the current Director of Clinical Affairs on the OPMSA board. My big projects this year were planning the Annual Student Clinical Symposium and running a program we started recently called 'Best Foot Forward'. My whole goal with this program was to bring residents in to talk with the students on how to prepare for externships and life as a resident. I also have the great privilege to be apart of the KSU men's basketball and softball teams!