Previous Member Spotlight

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."
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"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."