Katie Besselman, D.P.M.'15

StudentDoctor of Podiatric Medicine Program

Home town: St. Charles, Missouri
Undergrad school: Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Major: Biology
Age: 23
Class: Doctor of Podiatric medicine – Class of 2015

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

I was surprised at how much interaction there is amongst the programs. It is truly an interdisciplinary oriented school and I greatly appreciate that – a very “real world” experience.

Any advice for prospective students?

Interview anywhere you’re invited and have fun in doing so. Ask as many, and ANY, questions you have – this is your future and you want to go where you feel that you fit.

Why do you want to be a doctor of podiatric medicine?

I worked under a DPM mentor for a number of years without considering it as a career opportunity. Then senior year, when I realized that I must figure out where my life is going, I realized – why not?? The experience I gained taught me that podiatry would be the perfect avenue for me. A wide range of patients, the opportunity for surgery, the opportunity to have a family AND a career, the challenge and reward of practicing medicine and helping to heal patients. What could be more perfect?

Why DMU?

From the moment I stepped on DMU’s campus for my interview, I was impressed. The facility, the students, the faculty – all met a very high standard. With more information, I realized that DMU’s curriculum and clinical experience prepares the student to be both an excellent scholar and the best physician they can be as evidenced by the high board pass rates and the stunning array of alumni.

How is DMU family friendly?

DMU is very family friendly. I am married (no kids yet), and my spouse is invited to any large campus event and they even have a significant others club where spouses/others can meet others and make friends (which can be hard if you moved here for them!). There are always kids at campus events and even at school during the day too in the common areas for lunch and such.

Extracurricular activities:

The possibilities are endless! There are clubs for practically any interest, intramural sports teams, exercise classes, and SO many volunteer opportunities. You will find that you have to prioritize them because there are simply so many! I am in AAWP, SCACFAS, PPMJC, and SNPMA as well as a surgery TA and a student ambassador.

Favorite thing about Des Moines:

It’s a big city feel in a small area! Being from St. Louis, I love that there is anything you want to do/eat around and that you don’t have to drive far to get it.