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Anna Tien

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Alma Mater: Tulane University, LA

Undergrad Major: Neuroscience

DPM Class of: 2015


Why CSPM

I interviewed at five podiatry schools, and CSPM impressed me the most. The interviewing staff was super friendly and they definitely made me feel very comfortable. I had the opportunity to speak with some first year as well as third year students on my interview day and even they impressed me. The students were different than the students from the other schools in the sense that they were really sincere when they told me what they thought of CSPM. Everyone’s answers were filled with positive things about the school. They didn't give me any generic scripted answers. Besides the friendly staff and ebullient students, I really like how CSPM offers early clinical rotations. This early exposure is definitely a good thing to the students! I also really like the small class size because it allows all of the students to get to know each other really well.

Any advice for prospective students

Definitely don't fall behind. Try to study 6 days a week and have one fun day. Okay fine, so you might pull off studying 5 days a week and having 2 fun days (just don't do it every week). It's hard, but it will be worth it in the end. Also, do keep track of when your tests are because the next thing you know, they will be right around the corner.

Extracurricular activities outside the classroom

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) club and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) club

In 10 years I see myself

As a happy podiatrist (and debt-free)

Favorite thing about the Bay Area

Cultural diversity & the food!