Hometown: Dade City, FL
Undergrad School: University of South Florida
Major: Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Physics
Class: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – Class of 2013
Were you surprised by anything in the program?
I was very surprised at how collegial and friendly the environment is here. We are encouraged from day one to treat each other as future colleagues, and most of the class is very good at pushing each other to succeed.
Any advice for prospective students?
Shadow, Shadow, Shadow! I would encourage any applicant to try to get as much exposure to medicine as they can. Podiatry is an excellent profession and career choice, but in the end, it has to be a good match for the person. In my opinion, the only way you can truly make an informed decision is to research as many different specialties as you can.
How is DMU family friendly?
DMU is very supportive and encouraging to students who are married and/or have children. There are numerous clubs on campus that spouses can be a part of. Many students in my class are married, and my wife has been able to cultivate some very good relationships with the spouses of my fellow classmates.
Why do you want to be a doctor of podiatric medicine?
I really was drawn to how diverse the field of podiatry can be. Whether it’s wound care, palliative care, surgery, sports medicine, or pediatrics, podiatry offers the unique opportunity to participate in numerous different areas of medicine.
Even for an ocean loving Floridian like myself, I am still able to find ways to enjoy my free time when I’m not hitting the books. There are numerous parks, golf courses and restaurants around the area that are worth visiting.
DMU has cultivated a very good reputation for their excellent academics and solid educational experience. Challenging academics, top notch faculty, solid history of board pass rates and good facilities were very important to me. DMU was able to offer these things. Also, Des Moines felt like a city that would be very livable while pursuing my education. The cost of living here is very reasonable and most of the “creature comforts” that we need on a day to day basis are easily accessible. Let’s face it, school takes up most of your time so anything that makes the day go more smoothly (like easy to get to grocery stores and low traffic) is a plus. In the end, I had the opportunity to visit numerous other programs, but DMU just seemed like the right fit for me.
I would like to someday move back to the “sunshine state” and be a member of a multi-specialty group.
Favorite thing about Des Moines:
My wife and I really enjoy spending time at Gray’s Lake Park. Whether it’s going for a run or kicking around a soccer ball, the park offers a really nice environment to enjoy some fresh air.