Previous Member Spotlight

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.
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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."