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Future Podiatrist needing guidance ???

Discussion in 'Podiatry Students' started by pw079, Jul 21, 2005.

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  1. pw079

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    Hello all
    Ever since the first time i went to see my pod i realized that (keep in mind i have always enjoyed feet) i wanted to do that. I was always fascinated witht eh foot problems that came in when i was in the waiting room and loved when i had ingrown toe-nails b/c i knew i could see me pod and all. I have always wanted to be a doctor and i always thought when i was younger that a pod was MD trained.. But then as i matured and became older and talked to my pod more and learned it was a separate degree and there was an actual Podiatry School i thought i had it made so now im here and want to kno from all you pods in training or exp pods on how i need to go about doing things in school and such im in school doing the basics still but im most definetly sure without a doubt that i want to be a podiatrist so GUIDE ME in the direction i need...

    Thanks--PW
  2. PM2

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    Warning to all........ :smuggrin:

    If one doesn't doesn't find this post curious, then one should check out some of his/her previous post.

    Obviously trying to anger any who will bite. :thumbdown:
  3. Foot Surgeon

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    This guy needs to go elsewhere. I always wonder what people get out of starting forum fights. :oops:
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    Is this guy a "junior" in college or high school? Just wondering trying to figure out if he is a legitimate over - achiever or just the "fire starter" that all you claim him to me. (Not that I am in any disagreement)

    Take Care
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    dr2bjake,

    check out this thread and read some other eamples if you like.

    http://forums2.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?p=2553789#post2553789

    If I am wrong, I will be sorry for my actions. Therefore, I offer per the following link:

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    Per can also click on the APMSA link at the top of podiatry DPM
  6. pw079

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    PM2 thanks for getting my previous post for some reason that i cant quite understand, but who cares i want to be a Podiatrist.. and that is my frist priority and yes i did post that b/c if podiatry doest work out i want to go to MD/DO to work as an Emergency Med. Physician... And lastly to you you think you would want to encourage someone to join the field instead of being an @$$ i was trying to stir up anything i just wanted know from experience people like yourself and others.. SO sorry for me wanting to know about my future and sorry if i made u mad for posting about my other career interests......
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    and yes i a Jr. in HS and yes im goal oriented and know what I want to kno i have known since i was young, So i guess im an over achiever then.. And dont give me "that your in HS you dont know what you want to do" b/c i do and i was just looking for some professionals like you and others to talk to me but im sorry for this inconvience
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    pw079,

    Your post was no inconvenience. The only thing that strikes me as a little "odd" is that you posted on wanting to be everything from an oral-maxofacial (sp?) surgeon to veterinarian (???) and then to podiatrist. :confused:

    That is a good thing that you are goal oriented... I too have wanted to pursue medicine since an early age (the 5th grade - when we learned about the anatomy of the ear). There is nothing wrong with finding out as much information now as you can. But the one thing I have learned is that, for starters, your views can change over the years and that this process of getting accepted gets more and more difficult with each passing year. I would first concentrate on getting into college and maintaining a high (competitive) GPA and most importantly "rocking" the MCAT. All the drive and passion for the field of medicine, in combination with strong extra-curricular activities, are no match for the emphasis that admissions committees put on grades and MCAT scores. I volunteered, took the MCAT 4 times, got a masters degree, and was published! I commend you on your undying pursuit from such an early point! :thumbup:

    To honestly admit, podiatry wasn't my first choice... but it was my BEST choice! I am grateful for my acceptance and will work hard at pursuing my dream of being a physician in the medical community.

    Good luck!
  8. drbeesh

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    The best thing I can tell you is to not only do well in your classes, but also volunteer and shadow podiatrists. If you contact the APMA, I'm sure they can provide you with a number of podiatrists close to your area and this way you can get an early exposure to the profession - it won't help your knowledge very much at this point but at least you'll get a stronger and clearer idea about the types of services podiatrists provide. I also strongly recommend you shadowing MD's and DO's in different specialties...

    hope that helps...

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