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I'm just curious as to how many people chose podiatry over other fields of medicine from the get go. I didn't initially look at it because I knew that my Dad had planned to go into it before his Dad died which left him take care of all his little brothers. I felt like I couldn't consider it or I would be fulfilling his dream. I'm sure that probably sounds nutty. Then my friend encouraged me to take a serious look at it. Luckily, I listened.:)
 

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I am probably your typical pre-med student. I had heard the term podiatry, but had always thought it was just a md subspecialty. I was pursuing md school until my friend introduced me to pod. Many things are more important to me in my life then what my career is (i.e family) but i always wanted to do surgery. I find podiatry to be a great mix of all the things I want for me and my family.
 
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I chose it as my first choice after shadowing different doctors and specialists - and its been the best decision that i've made thus far in my life :)
 

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I wish I would've looked at it sooner. I could be 1/2 way through second year! What do they say about hindsight being 20/20?
 

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I chose it as my first choice after shadowing different doctors and specialists - and its been the best decision that i've made thus far in my life :)

You were smart to shadow one right away. I shadowed mds and dos in different specialties starting in 2004, but should've also shadowed a pod!
 
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I have been Pre-Pod since I started my undergrad work. My senior year of highschool my extended family was together and we were talking about careers, when my uncle mentioned that his neighbor was a podiatrist. I didn't know what kind of doctor it was, but it sounded interesting. I searched into it more and shadowed. I thought it was a really great path. I found out later that my dad had reconstructive surgery for his heel performed by a pod. It was from a construction accident and I had no idea at the time that a pod did the work. Now I can't wait to get into pod school.
 

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I was the same as Gangrene. I thought podiatry was a subspecialty. I found podiatry, talked to my neighbor who is one and shadowed her. I only applied to pod school. I was glad I found it a month before med school application processing so I didnt have to waste my time/money :)
 

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Pod was my first choice. I shadowed different docs and found out that I did not want to be an FP or IM doc. A pod friend introduced me to the field and it was exactly what I was looking for. Couldnt have chosen a better field.
 

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I am probably your typical pre-med student. I had heard the term podiatry, but had always thought it was just a md subspecialty. I was pursuing md school until my friend introduced me to pod.
Yep, basically the same here.

I worked in a 30hrs/wk as a CNA in a hospital for 3yrs all during my undergrad (patient transport 2yr, then ER nurse assistant for 1yr). Working that much and being a BioCh major trying to finish in 3yrs probably weren't the most helpful to the ol' GPA, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I saw the daily lives of and got to chat with a multitude of different health care workers (MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs, RNs, LPNs, respiratory techs, XR tech, perfusionists, phlebotomists, medical lab staff, etc etc). I was extremely interested in so many of those careers (namely MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, perfusionist).

From the start of college, I was pretty sure I wanted to be a FP doc (cardiac surgery interested me also, but the residency length was a turnoff). I knew that I would enjoy many fields, but I had the talent to achieve good things and wanted to use it. The ability to screen and diagnose many illnesses and see the same patients for a long time appealed to me. However, I in my second year of college, I got pretty interested in DPM also when a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) friend from my hospital mentioned it. I found out it was more than just an MD specialty, and I shadowed the pods at my hospital as well as a couple across the city who were in private practice during my final undergrad year.

I finished undergrad with only a 2.8 GPA but a 28R MCAT and some pretty good connections with local docs from the hospital. I applied to the MD school at my undergrad (its focus is rural FP docs), pod school, and a perfusionist program. I was waitlisted for the MD program, yet accepted to the perfusion program and accepted to the pod program with a scholarship. The decision wasn't tough for me (DPM), and I'm happy with it. Perfusion was considered, but lack of job variety coupled with advances in technology in preventitive cardiology had me questioning the long term job security and whether I would remain interested.

Going to a SMP program or retaking calc, calc-based physics, and p-chem to get my grades up over a couple years and then re-applying to MD or DO school didn't really appeal to me, and it was fairly obvious that med programs were only going to get increasingly more competitive. I want to be fairly young when I'm finished. I would not want to be 32 and have $300-400k in debt like quite a few BS+SMP+apps+travel+MD+residency people do.

There are times I wish I had gone to school from the start to be a BSRN simply because of how much less school it is to achieve very good pay and a great job in nursing (and you could always go to grad school for NP or CRNA later on). Some of my good friends are very happy and making great money in nursing ($50k at age 22 or 23) while I am still in pod school and piling up debt, but I think my DPM will be well worth it in the end. Nursing seems that it might have beem somewhat frustrating for me at times when I'd feel limited to treating symptoms instead of diagnosing and addressing the cause of the pathology.
 

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I originally looked at Dentistry and I liked the field. I didn't know about podiatry until my friend introduced me to it. I was getting Dental interviews and having success at that but after shadowing a podiatrist I changed my mind. My only regret was my friend didn't talk to me about it one month earlier when I paid all this money to apply to dent. I declined all the dental interviews and went ahead with podiatry. I am happy with my choice.
 

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I originally looked at Dentistry and I liked the field. I didn't know about podiatry until my friend introduced me to it. I was getting Dental interviews and having success at that but after shadowing a podiatrist I changed my mind. My only regret was my friend didn't talk to me about it one month earlier when I paid all this money to apply to dent. I declined all the dental interviews and went ahead with podiatry. I am happy with my choice.

You are lucky that you didn't have to shell out all of the money to interview! Or imagine if you had given dental school X your seat deposit. Now that would've sucked!

It seems weird to me that so many "pre-med" or dent or whatever students aren't informed about Podiatry from their advisors. I can say that it was never mentioned to me by my pre-med advisor at my junior college nor the pre-med advisor at my undergrad.
 

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I actually heard from my schools Career Center. They send out emails every so often about stuff, and they mentioned someone from Ohio pod school was coming here. So I looked more into it, and went to the meeting. I was the only one there (and I got to a Big Ten school). The guy from Ohio didnt show up either. But thats how I got interested in it. Our healthcare advisors didnt know anything about podiatry applications either.
 
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