Member Spotlight Archive - June

Clint Jiroux
AZPOD Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I visualized podiatry as a great opportunity to take part in the increase demand for diabetic care and limb salvage.  I enjoyed that podiatry encompasses many specialties into a single discipline of medicine: surgery, dermatology, orthopedics, rheumatology, etc. The field of podiatry being a procedural based medicine allows me to not only communicate with patients but utilize a hands-on approach for treatment.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: I was asked by my class APMSA delegates and I really feel like it was an exciting opportunity to have a friendly competition of knowledge.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: To help pay my debt for all the Chipotle I ate during my first two years of podiatry school.

Q: What do you think the most important challenge facing future podiatrists?
A: The most important challenge facing podiatry is the decreasing application of students to podiatry school. The future of our profession depends on increasing the number of applicants so we can achieve higher quality doctors in podiatry.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: Teleporting would be my superpower. Travel anywhere at any moment and it would make traveling for rotations so much easier.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: My advice for future podiatry students is to find a balance. Take your studies seriously and work hard and try to enjoy the next four years. School is stressful and time consuming, but it also important to find an outlet and relieve stress.

Jonathan Shalot
NYCPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose podiatry because I have a profound interest in biomechanics and wanted to give patients treatment with immediate relief. Podiatry also runs in my family (no pun intended) as my father and uncle are podiatrists.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: I felt that competing in the quiz bowl would be a perfect opportunity to represent NYCPM.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: Use it towards a much needed vacation somewhere in the Caribbean.

Q: What do you think the most important challenge facing future podiatrists?
A: I think the most important challenge facing podiatrists today is gaining parity in the medical field.

Philip Calaj
BUSPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: By accident - I was shadowing an external fixation case under an anesthesiologist. The DPM introduced himself to me and I learned how amazing podiatry could be.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: The furthest west I’ve traveled is Alabama; also there’s a cash prize. I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to try and knock out two birds with one stone. Win some money and travel the world.

Q: If you win, how would you spend the prize money?
A: Make a little dent in that student loan.

Q: What was your best subject in high school?
A: Gym, automatic A+ every time.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: Realistically, a 0% complication rate in surgery. Unrealistically, time travel.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: Keep your family close by throughout school and your whole life.
Monte Schmalhaus

SCPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I majored in Kinesiology during college with intention of applying to physical therapy graduate programs. As a lover of sports, health, and maintaining an active lifestyle, my passion was finding ways to overcome injuries as quickly and safely as possible and preventing future injuries. My goal was to help people with various ailments to get back to enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle. However, when I did a physical therapy internship after completing all of the necessary classes for my major, one of the physical therapists I worked with suggested that I look into podiatry. So I did. After shadowing a local podiatrist, I realized that, as a podiatric physician, I could truly give patients the best possible care because of the various treatment modalities I could provide them with. Whether it be bracing, orthotic inserts, various injections, exercises, or surgical intervention, I could provide patients with all of the treatment options that they need for an optimal outcome. It became clear that podiatry was right for me.

Q: What made you decide to compete for a spot in the 2019 APMA Quiz Bowl?
A: I wanted to participate in a great learning experience and meet podiatric physicians and podiatric medical students from all over the country.

Q: What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
A: I was a supplemental instructor, aka “Teacher’s assistant,” for organic chemistry in college. After college, I taught organic chemistry and biochemistry for an MCAT preparatory company, which I continued until my second year of podiatric medical school.

Q: If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be?
A: The ability to add time to a day when needed.

Q: Do you have any advice for future pod students?
A: Take pride in what you do - this starts today. Push yourself and take some risks – it might open up doors you never imagined yourself walking through.


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