The average APMA member graduated from podiatry school roughly 25 to 30 years ago. That means the average APMA member likely had a very different educational experience than the one that the students of the class of 2018 began last fall. The last three decades have seen a tremendous growth in the scope and breadth of the podiatric medical curriculum, and today’s podiatrists-in-training must handle additional concerns such as increased student debt, mandatory residencies, and additional licensing exams.
Times have changed, and many podiatrists who have been in practice for 20 or 30 years may not fully understand the modern struggles of tomorrow’s podiatric leaders. What drives them? What obstacles do they face, and how will they overcome them? What do they worry about? How are they handling the transition from classroom to clerkship? What do they do to unwind? What is happening today that will mold the average APMA member 25 years from now?
Welcome to APMA 2040. We will track the progress of eight current first-year podiatric medical students as they navigate their way through the next four years. Each month, APMA News will provide an update on one student. You will get to know each individual as he or she balances exams, clerkships, and residency interviews with the accompanying personal growth and changes that come after undergrad. During the next four years, you will get to know the new faces of podiatry. The individuals chosen for this project represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences, but the journey that each took up to this point now places them on the same road toward becoming tomorrow’s podiatrist. Please meet the future of podiatry, the students of APMA 2040.
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine