Member Spotlight Archive - August

Liliya Parkman
CSPM President-Elect, Class of 2022


Liliya Parkman is the newest addition to the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University APMSA Delegation. Ms. Parkman is part of the Class of 2022. She was recently elected to be the president-elect of the student body. She comes from San Rafael, California. Her love for sports and an opportunity to work as a medical assistant in the Podiatry and Orthopedic Surgery department during high school sparked her interest in the field. She is very excited to work with her fellow presidents-elect as well as the APMSA delegates from each school.
A few of her favorite things are Ethiopian food, volleyball, the beach, and cookies. Liliya has many talents and skills, one of which is being a black belt in Taekwondo. She also loves taking walks and hikes with her dog Sampson!
Liliya has many talents and skills that will be essential to the profession, organization, and fellow students. We are very proud that she will be sitting alongside us as we make the future of podiatry brighter.

Ashley Russo
NYCPM Class of 2021

Q: Why did you choose podiatry as a career?
A: I knew I wanted to work in medicine after volunteering as an EMT for several years. The one downfall of the job was that once patients were admitted the ER, I was unable to follow up with their case. Through this experience I realized that I was interested in a career where I would be able to form a more permanent relationship with my patients. I learned about the field of podiatry while earning my master’s degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After working with a number of podiatrists and landing a job as a podiatric medical assistant following graduation, I became more familiar with the wide scope of practice that podiatry has to offer and decided to pursue a career in this profession.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: My favorite meal is the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. It’s an Italian tradition that my family has done every year since I was a kid.

Q: What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?
A: Getting my nails done – I like to express myself through my gel manicures and also take some time to myself in the midst of my hectic school schedule! 

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
A: I love to vacation anywhere that has a beach. I find myself to be most relaxed when I’m by the water. Additionally, every year I try to take a trip to visit my college friends in North Carolina, spend a weekend in Montauk with my girlfriends from high school, and travel to Atlantic City with my family. These are the people that are most important in my life, so it’s important to me to spend quality time with each of them.

Q: Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…”
A: "…became a pescatarian once I started podiatry school because my professors kept referring to muscles as different cuts of meat in anatomy lab."

Alex Bischoff

DMU-CPMS Class of 2020

Congratulations to APMSA's 2019 Student of the Year, Alex Bischoff! Alex is a fourth-year medical student at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (DMU-CPMS), originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and an alum of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Besides being a student, Alex also goes by the titles of husband, father (two young girls and a baby boy due in August), weekly churchgoer, Sunday School teacher, and weekly Boy Scout leader. He is also a teaching assistant and research assistant. Needless to say, Alex is heavily involved in the community and at DMU-CPMS.
At DMU-CPMS, Alex has made academics a priority, landing him in the Iota Chapter of Pi Delta Academic Honor Society. He has also been published in Hallux Magazine, winning second place in the first annual Hallux Magazine writing competition. He loves to share his knowledge in the lower limb anatomy labs as well as the vascular labs and clinical medicine labs. One of his passions is teaching others and it has certainly showed throughout his time at DMU-CPMS.
One of Alex’s greatest attributes is his devotion to his family and faith. Being a full-time dad and avid member of his church, Alex has had to balance these roles with the demands of being a student. He prioritizes his family and faith by abstaining from schoolwork on Sundays and blocking out family time every evening. His classmates have been inspired by his commitment to bettering himself outside of academia.
Alex has been a great role model and leader for his class as well as the classes below him. Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is proud to be represented by Alex and extends congratulations on his selection as APMSA’s National Student of the Year.

Rafay Qureshi

TUSPM Class of 2020

The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine’s (TUSPM) Student of the Year Rafay Qureshi exhibits all the traits to be selected for this prestigious award. Describing the magnitude of the impact Rafay has had on the TUSPM student body is somewhat challenging, as his actions have impacted both his own and subsequent classes in a number of ways. The most noteworthy of his efforts (and surely the one that garnered a near unanimous vote from the student body) is his class study guides. From Pathology to Internal Medicine and everything in-between, Rafay has meticulously constructed exam-by-exam guidelines for the TUSPM curriculum. Far better than any practice exam, his guides neatly organize course materials into high and low yield as well as restructure dense slide decks into a more easily digestible format. Rafay’s “student body first” mentality has bled over into every other facet of the TUSPM experience. He is a gift to the TUSPM student body whose labors will resonate for years to come and we are truly thankful to have him. 
Vanisaben Patel
BUSPM Class of 2020

The student of the year should not only excel academically but should also embody what it means to be a true doctor of podiatric medicine. Vanisaben Patel exhibits such ability by putting students’ needs above her own, at times, to benefit the school. She also possesses important qualities such as compassion, dedication and a good sense of self, as well as the professionalism to interact with colleagues in her network to advocate for the advancement of the profession. She has shown the ability to balance the challenges of academics against other avenues of the school, all while excelling in each area. She ultimately goes far above and beyond her duty as a podiatric student. Ms. Patel served as BUSPM Student Body President and is currently an APMSA Delegate representing the class of 2020.
Kristen Brett

KSUCPM Class of 2020

At Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), the student of the year award is one of the most sought-after titles. Students understand the award stands for not just academic excellence, but intangibles like involvement in the podiatric community and school-wide events. Kristen Brett defines what this award stands for. She is known for taking time out of her schedule to give back to KSUCPM students. She has been a student ambassador and tutor for multiple courses while also being active in several athletic clubs including Women’s Basketball and Soccer. In addition, she often takes time out of her already busy schedule to voluntarily speak with students about how to succeed in podiatry school, externships, boards, how to get involved, and more. She also gave her time to help setup the Annual Alumni and Student Weekend along other medical student run events. Kristen’s peers note time and again the way her overall warm and approachable presence compliments her roles at the school.
Representing the KSUCPM student body as an APMSA delegate allowed her to express concerns and ideas at a national level. In addition, because of her hard work and sacrifice co-authoring the Delegate Funding Resolutions, among others, she took her charisma and determination to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of not only all podiatric students, but the podiatry profession as a whole. More recently, when Kristen was asked to step into the President role for APMSA. She accepted without hesitation, knowing the great responsibility that it entails. The students of KSUCPM have nominated her not only because of her academic success, but because she defines everything that it means to be a podiatric medical student and student of the year candidate. 

Emily Shibata
WUCPM Class of 2020

The Western University of School of Podiatric Medicine (WUCPM) Student of the Year nominee from the is the Class of 2020’s Emily Shibata. Emily was nominated by her peers, faculty, and colleagues for her devotion to this profession in leadership, education, service, and advocacy. As Student President for the founding chapter of the American Association for Women Podiatrists at WUCPM, Emily participated on both the local and national levels, working to promote involvement, membership and activism for female podiatrists as well as numerous community outreach events to increase awareness for foot and ankle health. As an assistant and senior editor over the past two years for the WUCPM Extemitas Journal of Lower Limb Medicine, Emily raised the bar for academic articles authored by fellow students. She has hosted and worked in various academic and community outreach events including at local homeless shelters. Through her dedicated service to the community, academics, and efforts in advancing the field of podiatric medicine, Emily is in every aspect what a podiatric medical student should aspire to be.

"The American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association is the national, student-led organization that serves as the collective voice for all podiatric medical students. We are committed to the protection and advancement of student rights and interests by advocating in legislative and educational arenas. We provide resources to our members to assist them throughout their education as they transition into podiatric residents and physicians."