Ogechukwu Imonugo, D.P.M.'16

StudentDoctor of Podiatric Medicine Program

Hometown: (Lagos) Nigeria, but based in Atlanta, Georgia Undergrad School: Georgia Institute of Technology
Applied Biology
Age: 25
Class: College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, 2016

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

I was very surprised by the supportive atmosphere cultivated for the most part by the students at DMU! The students in my program are some of the most hardworking, resourceful, well rounded, yet down-to-earth individuals that I have ever met.

Any advice for prospective students?

Have the most enjoyable summer before starting at DMU (but don’t over-do it). But do spend a little bit of time reviewing some of the subject areas that will be taught during the first term if you can, because we hit the ground running come day one.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Not all advice given to you will work. I learned that strategies for studying and learning class material vary widely from student to student. Incorporate strategies that work for YOU, and remember that everything is trial-and-error. Don’t give up if things don’t work in your favor the 1st time around.

Why do you want to be a DPM?

Podiatric physicians and surgeons to me, have the some of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers in medicine. With a population that is seeing an unfortunate steady increase in the number of diabetic patients nationwide and an increase in other disease conditions globally, it’s a great career field to be involved with in caring for the patient as a whole, and not just their feet.There’s nothing like alleviating the pains of a patient’s lower extremities and receiving genuine relief and gratitude from patients of all age groups because of the care that you have provided for them.

Extracurricular activities

I was actively involved in S.N.P.M.A chapter at DMU, and I was an active member of  M.A.S.A.C. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, cooking, good company, playing tennis, and watching soccer.

Why DMU?

I’m highly impressed with the program here (which is within the top three ranked in the country) and its curriculum and the work ethic of the students from the eight other programs at this university. The students were approachable and left a great impression on me during my interview day/process. The board pass rates from DMU students are truly remarkable (the highest scores among other podiatry medical programs in the country), which means that the academic preparation and training here is unsurpassed on all levels.

Career objectives

Podiatric surgery hopefully here in the midwest, the DMV area, or back in Atlanta. I would also like to travel back and forth between here and my home country once I have commenced my career and give back in anyway that I can.

Favorite thing about Des Moines?

People from Des Moines are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met. There are also a lot more things to do in this little-big city than I had realized,especially in the summer. Coming from a populous city before starting at DMU, I really enjoy the commute time in and around Des Moines