Utah State University
To make it short and sweet here are a few of the perks that keep me happy as a student at CSPM; Small class size. Our training is not combined with any other medical specialty so you take every class with the same group of 40-50 students. This allows you as much 1-on-1 time with teachers as you want as well as creates a better learning atmosphere. Our class has become very close and we work together to help one another succeed as well as socializing outside of the classroom. Small cadaver lab groups; our groups consist of only about 4 people per cadaver during the first year human dissection. This allows everyone to participate in the dissection process. Early clinical experiences; we are able to spend 3 months during our 2nd year working and learning in podiatric facilities. During this time we are actually performing a lot of the procedures. I was able to do a total nail avulsion, multiple nerve blocks, diabetic foot exams, palliative nail care, treat a gun shot wound to the foot, write SOAP notes, apply casts and evaluate lower extremity ulcerations just to name a few. This has kept the end goal in sight as we spend so much time in textbooks and classrooms. The school listens; each semester the faculty listens to the students and is continually trying to create the best schedule and learning styles that best fits us. Each year I have been here there have actually been minor changes to the schedule of the incoming class that is in direct relation to feedback from the upper class. CSPM has a long tradition of excellence. This tradition will make it easier for us to get residencies because residency programs know that we have been trained well. This one is a big one!
Any advice for prospective students:
Come ready to work hard and you'll do fine. Play hard before you come because you are going to be busy.
Extracurricular activities outside the classroom:
Representative, President-elect for CSPM Chapter of ACFAS(American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons), Climbing (mostly at the gym due to school but also in surrounding areas occasionally), Running (there are miles and miles of great trails to run in the nearby hills).
In 10 years I see myself:
Purchasing my own practice or joining a group practice in some mountain town in the west (tons of options).
Favorite thing about the Bay Area:
Endless things to do here no matter what you are looking for.