Back then I was a totally naive 1st semester podiatry student. Now I'm just a (slightly less) naive 4th semester podiatry student, lol. My routine is still pretty similar, though. Class during the day, and studying in the library until 11pm almost every night.
School has been going extremely well, both in terms of academics and involvement. Unfortunately I missed the Dean's List by a slim margin, but I've come to terms with it. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from the school for academic excellence and community involvement. I am participating in a work-study job with a professor and another one with an associate dean. I tutor biochemistry, genetics, and immunology for the 1st year students. I am VP of a student org. And now I am about to start some research with one of the clinicians. The benefit of being in a small school is that it's really easy to stand out. The bad part is that if you screw up, EVERYONE knows about it, including all the faculty lol. I've also shadowed at some top-tier residency programs in various places around the US, and I plan on hitting up several more in the Chicago area in April before I start studying for boards in earnest.
In retrospect, 1st year was a mixed bag. I had a few really good professors, a couple terrible professors, with the majority being ok. 2nd year has for the most part, been much better.
Here's the curriculum I've done so far:
Histology w/ lab
Physiology w/ lab
Gross Anatomy w/ cadaver lab
Lower Extremity Anatomy w/ cadaver lab
Pathology I w/ lab
Physical Assessment w/ lab
Research Methodology and Epidemiology
Podiatric Surgery I
Podiatric Medicine I
Functional Orthopedics I
As you can see, the curriculum has been getting progressively more clinically relevant. 4th semester has been tough due to the sheer number of courses I'm taking, but it's all extremely relevant for practice, so it's interesting and motivates me to study. The funny thing is that Gross Anatomy was probably the class I hated the most, while Lower Anatomy was my favorite class lol. I probably feel that way because head and neck anatomy sucks.
I only have 7 weeks to go until the end of the semester, and then we have a short time off before we have to come back for clinic, workshops, board reviews, and then finally Part 1 of the APMLE, which is the podiatry equivalent to the USMLE. The APMLE is much easier and shorter though, so they aren't similar tests by any means. They do however, cover the same material and so we study off of the same test prep books.
This arrived in the mail the other day. I'm going to need an extra study material for pharm and infectious disease though, as those are two REALLY important subjects that I'm weak on.
I don't want to bore people with more school stuff, so I'll just post a bunch of pictures lol.
If you have any questions about podiatry (or anything else, really) feel free to ask! I'll try my best to answer. Just a little over 2 years to go before I get my degree!
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celebrating the end of 3rd semester with my classmates with terrible (but cheap) beer
TL-NYC meet up for the final ()OSL finals
6x beer pong champs with my partner. one of my friends that lost in the back
Shadowed at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle
physical assessment practical
passing out after classes in the student lounge
in miami for...
...my sister's wedding!
at the foot ball, our school's annual formal, with my gf
getting in some volunteer work with habitat for humanity
a really fat bird in an airport
at the bean in chicago with my gf
post-nemo in manhattan
central park is really pretty when it snows
studying for my neurology final in style
bonus baby pic. my gf says i look like a lollipop lol
That's all for now, hopefully I'll blog more frequently than once every 1.5 years in the future lol.