I recently interviewed at NYCMP and just received my acceptance for the Jan 2006 class. I'm not telling you this to toot my horn, rather i would like to make a point for all those interested in pursuing podiatric medicine. Although this is my first post on this site, i have been reading the threads and realized that a lot of people are well.. how shall i dare say it? here goes.. AFRAID. Afraid to apply. and many who have applied fear the worst!!! why??? Listen, AS my name suggests, im no spring chicken. i graduated back in 1995 and i finally mustered up the courage to pursue the unpursuable(did i spell that correctly) medical education. this was something ive always wanted but never had the courage to go ahead with it. well ten years+ later + wife and 2 kids im stepping up to the plate. oh yah my wife is also in an RN program( year and a half to go) well sounds crazy right??? wrong!!! its crazy to be stuck in a job you dont love, its crazy to wake up in the morning and tell yourself " o.k, i have a job but im only doing it for the money"' -that is insane. You have to love what you do so that you can be happy and more importantly so that you can be the best. How can you be number 1 if you're not crazy about what you do? Just send in your applications, get the interview and put on your finest garments (i bought a brand new suit!!!! and my wedding tie- its 8 years old but a real beauty) and show them what you're made of. show them that you are number one. you'll be the best podiatric surgeon the world has yet seen!!! dont be afraid. dont be afraid. Schools are looking to create a certain class environment that is composed of many and very differing personalities and character and chances are you are what they are looking for to help create that balance. about the interview: in one word AWESOME! Three people interviewed me: The Dean, clinical instructor, 3rd year student. I MET WITH THE dEAN OF STUDENTS, Dr. Spilkin, and he's A-o.k we ended speaking about "stuff" for most of the time and then about the school etc... you see, he just wanted to see my personality, character etc... hey all the applications are more less the same. its who you really are on a day to day routine that really makes the difference. The other 2 interviewers where really good. The clinical prof. said she enjoyed my essays and even asked me about them. so no bull people. you will be asked to discuss it further. 3rd year student was really cool and laid back. he tells me that the reason why a student also interviews the candidates, is to give the candidates an opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking the other interviewers. Let me tell you, i think that's brilliant! this enable you to truly get a full picture of the school. I'm not here to recruit for any specific program. i just wanted to give you my opinion. good luck to all and remember: YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE and its not such a long time. feel free to ask any specific questions that you may have.