Name: Katie Ferraro
School: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Undergraduate school and degree(s): University of Central Florida: BS, Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Why did you choose podiatry?
I grew up with an interest in helping people and learning. With a family full of health-care practitioners, being in the health field seemed like a perfect fit. During junior year of college, I decided to participate in as many clubs/organizations and new hobbies as I could fit into my schedule, and one of them was a half-marathon training club. I joined because I wanted a challenge, but little did I know at the time it would direct me toward a new career option. A few of my friends in this club sustained running-related injuries, and I was always fascinated by the biomechanics and the treatment options recommended by podiatrists. I researched podiatry and learned about all of the perks and the variety of options within the field and decided it was definitely the field for me.
What is the biggest surprise/challenge about podiatry school so far?
Besides the shocking amount of studying and information each student is required to learn along the way, I think my biggest struggle so far has been adjusting to the environment. Coming from a culturally diverse and overpopulated tropical-climate state and moving more than 1,300 miles to a state with a completely different culture and weather has been startling, to say the least. I’m glad I left my comfort zone and hope that everyone is at some point daring enough to travel or live in another part of the country or world.
Where do you see yourself in 2040?
I have no way of knowing for sure where I’ll end up, but there are several paths in podiatry that interest me at the moment. Sports medicine is the first aspect that drew me into the field. Another part I feel passionate about is the political aspect of this field. It would be wonderful to aid in the advancement of podiatry toward a more standardized scope of practice across the country. It would also be wonderful to spend time in developing countries and help in any way possible.
What is something surprising about you?
I love anything involving creativity. Playing guitar and painting are two things I love to do in my spare time.