Member Spotlight Archive - July

Yessika Woo Lee
CSPM Class of 2020

 

Yessika was nominated as the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) Student of the Year by the student body due to her constant helpfulness throughout the year. Yessika not only helps those in her own class, but she is always setting up events to help students in the classes below her as well. She helped the first-years set up a practice OSCE and attended their cadaver lab sections to provide guidance when needed. Not only has Yessika made an impact at CSPM, but she has also attended Medical Missions serving in San Ysidro. Yessika has always gone above and beyond to put her classmates’ and peers' needs before her own. 



Hendrik Ryan Tan
SCPM Class of 2020

 
Through a rigorous selection process, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (SCPM) selected Mr. Tan as the school’s Student of the Year. He was nominated based on his professionalism, extracurricular activities, and dedication to the podiatric medical profession. During his academic pursuits at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, he has received several prestigious awards for his exceptional performance. He is the recipient of the Dr. Philip Brachman Alumni Association Scholarship, a scholarship awarded based on academic achievement, community outreach, and extracurricular involvement. In addition, he is currently a candidate in the Dr. William M. Scholl Chapter of the Pi Delta National Honor Society which selects students demonstrating high standards of intellectual and scholarly activity. Mr. Tan has also been involved in research and was selected to present his poster at the 2017 National APMA Annual Scientific Meeting. Lastly, his leadership skills and dedication to service motivate him to serve as a tutor for several courses at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science aiding students in need of academic support. Aside from Mr. Tan’s exemplary academic achievements, his dedication to the podiatric medical profession serve as his impetus to participate in several community service opportunities as a volunteer.
 
Simply speaking, Mr. Tan is poised and enriched with a wide variety of personal life experiences (including some incredible personal and family challenges).

Frank Felix
AZPOD Class of 2020

Frank exemplifies what it means to be an Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (AZPOD) student! While Frank has always been an exemplary student academically, where he truly shines is in his student recruitment efforts. He single-handedly initiated AZPOD's outreach initiative to local undergraduate institutions and personally reached out to local pre-health advisors and pre-med clubs to establish relationships with them. In under six months, he led small groups in four undergraduate visits, including a pre-med panel at Arizona State University and a visit to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.




 
Mohammed Gheith
NYCPM Class of 2020

 
Mohammed Gheith, Class of 2020. is truly a class act and is more than deserving of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) Student of the Year award. Whether he is in school, clinic, or the hospital, Mohammed always carries himself with true professionalism and is consistently the first person to offer a helping hand. Mohammed has been an APMSA delegate since his first year at NYCPM. He is the APMSA liaison for the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and sits on each of their board meetings. Mohammed has also taken the lead on podiatric advocacy at NYCPM by organizing trips to Washington D.C. as well as traveling to numerous local universities to promote the field of podiatry.
 
Within NYCPM, Mohammed is heavily involved and always giving back. He serves as a Senior Editor for NYCPM’s Podiatric Medical Review Journal, has been a Teaching Assistant/Tutor for numerous classes, and is a member of the Pi Delta Honor Society as well as a Student Ambassador. Mohammed is among the most well-rounded students at NYCPM as he dedicates his time both in and out of the classroom to help promote podiatry and the education of his fellow students. Mohammed is truly proud to be part of this profession and he will continue to be an asset to his colleagues throughout his career.
Tung Dao

KSUCPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: While I was in graduate school, a presentation was given by a podiatrist who shed light on the profession of podiatry (a field I knew little about). It piqued my interest and led me to shadow several local podiatrists. While shadowing in the clinic and operating room, I could see myself doing what the podiatrists were doing. I also liked the work-life balance and thought it was cool how versatile the profession is. I saw an in-office nail avulsion one day and then an ORIF of a comminuted calcaneal fracture the next day. I knew podiatry was a profession that I needed to be a part of.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: When I was notified that I was selected, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent my school! I like the idea of competing in a challenging event while meeting new people and making new friends along the way.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: I’d celebrate by taking my friends to “Wings Night” at Winking Lizard and put the rest toward student loans.

Q: What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
A: I do enjoy winning, but I also like to keep things lighthearted and treat my opponents as friends. We all work very hard and take our roles in the podiatry profession seriously. I want everyone to have a good time, represent their schools well, and spit some knowledge.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: I would want to be able to fly. My fiancée and I could take some pretty sweet vacations if I could turn myself into an airplane.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: My advice for future podiatry students is to keep believing in yourself and try your best to maintain a positive attitude. It’s easy to lose faith in yourself and your abilities when you’re overwhelmed, trying to be the best student you can while maintaining a strong relationship with your friends and family. A positive attitude goes a long way when you’re roaming the halls of your school and in general. It makes everyone’s school experience more enjoyable and creates a much needed sense of comradery.
Shelby Busch
TUSPM Class of 2020

 
Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: It was through an undergraduate shadowing opportunity at a rural Podiatrist’s office that I gained exposure to our field; the range of patients, pathologies and treatments I experienced there made it quite clear that Podiatry was to be my path.

Q: How will you prepare for the Quiz Bowl?
A: Externship preparation! Two birds, one stone.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: I would plan a long-awaited weekend getaway.

Q: What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
A: Well, I’m a girl.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: Hermione’s time turner

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: Don’t stress - enjoy every step of it. Make the most of your time here.

Steven Cooperman
WUCPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: During my undergraduate studies at Oklahoma I spoke with my pre-medical advisor about wanting to go into a surgical specialty, she instructed me to look into podiatry. After shadowing a podiatrist, I found that I really enjoyed the variety both in clinic and in the operating room. From there, it was really a no-brainer for me and helped put me at ease knowing that I had already gained access into my desired specialty after being accepted at WesternU.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: It just seemed like a very unique experience in a city I've never been to. 

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: 100% of anything I win would be going to my wedding in 2020.

Q: What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
A: Hard to say how I stand out from other people when I don't know who the other people are at the time of answering this question, but maybe I'll be the tallest or the shortest.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: Teleportation would be pretty great. Traveling to externships would be a bit more convenient that way.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: To future pod students, I would just suggest that they take their studies as seriously as possible but still find time to do at least one thing for yourself per week. The more you put into your first two years the easier your life is when you get out into clinic and on externships. At the same time, have something that gives you an escape from school to take the pressure off. I played in a hockey league on Sundays and couldn't imagine my first 3 years in Southern California without that break from having to think. As students, we spend all day cramming new information into our brains, but if you never take time out to get away from that, it can be hard to keep all that information straight. Going out and going on a hike, playing a sport, getting to the beach, watching a movie, or anything else that allows you to shut your brain off to school and your responsibilities for a few hours per week can be extremely beneficial.
Bennen Bierman
DMU-CPMS Class of 2020

 
Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose podiatry after meeting a great podiatrist due to a personal navicular stress fracture.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: I wanted to try something new and get out of my comfort zone.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: Pay for boards...

Q: What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
A: I have a beard and played college football.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: Teleportation.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: Try to have as much balance in your life as possible while you are in school.


"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."