Ebonie Vincent, D.P.M.'15 ProfilePosition(s)StudentDoctor of Podiatric Medicine ProgramHome town: Temecula, California Undergrad school: Hampton University Major: Biology Age: 25 Class: Doctor of Podiatric medicine – Class of 2015Were you surprised by anything in the program?I was surprised with the level of involvement I am able to dedicate to volunteer opportunities and clubs. DMU provides several ways to continue to be involved in the community while still making school the number one priority.Any advice for prospective students?Be sure to study in a way that will be applicable to future patients. Study hard but be sure to make time for family and friends. Reach out for support even if you do not think you need it, because it could be helpful in ways you did not think possible.Why do you want to be a doctor of podiatric medicine?Focusing medicine on foot and ankle care will be of benefit to so many in the future with the aging population, diabetes on the rise and increased desire to stay mobile and active. I want to contribute as much as possible to the maintenance, treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and other related pathologies. Becoming a podiatrist will allow me to treat a patient holistically with my expertise centered on immediate diagnosis and treatment of the lower extremities.Why DMU?DMU provides everything a student needs to succeed; the best state of the art technology, great professors, excellent resources and a friendly atmosphere. In addition, the cost of living and tuition are a great price. Des Moines is small however it has many aspects of a city atmosphere that are attractive. There are many things to do and see when given a study break. It is a great safe place to call home for my years in medical school.How is DMU family/single (whichever applies) friendly?I believe DMU is very family friendly.How does DMU support diversity?Is there diversity in Des Moines? DMU has made it a very important mission to be a very inclusive university that strives for diversity and excellence. Although there is not much ethnic diversity at DMU, there is considerable effort to improve in this area.Extracurricular activities:There are many opportunities to become involved in the community through clubs. In addition, clubs provide students ways to learn more hands-on techniques and gain access to information regarding specifics in many specialty fields of medicine. Although medical school is very busy, there are many opportunities to become involved.Career objectives:It is my goal to become a podiatrist specializing in surgery and sports medicine.Favorite thing about Des Moines:My favorite thing about Des Moines University is the state of the art facilities and technology. This combined with the friendly atmosphere from students and professors, make this a perfect environment to learn and succeed.