Podiatric Medicine


Success Edmund Yu

Edmund Yu

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Graduation Year:
2010
Which school are you attending?
I am currently attending the California School of Podiatric Medicine.
What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?
Paul Hom Asian Clinic, Pre-Med AMSA, UCD Tennis Club, UCDMC Internships (Child Life, Radiology), toxicology lab assistant.
How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
20 hours
Did you use a test prep course?
I decided to study on my own for the MCAT after I graduated from UC Davis. I did not feel it was advantageous for me to pay for the expensive course and relied on my own discipline instead. I mainly used ExamKrackers, Princeton Hyperlearning for biology and physics, and Berkeley Review. ExamKrackers was very concise and straight to the point on all of their topics, while Berkeley Review was much more in depth. As for the Princeton Hyperlearning books, I mainly used it for their practice questions and quick review which was very helpful. This may seem slightly overload in terms of the full length study material with EK and Berkeley Review, but I found it beneficial to use both of them at the same time. For every passage or topic I studied in EK, I would find the corresponding subjects in Berkeley Review and study what they had to offer. This helped me reinforce the concepts more, as repetition was what I preferred by reading and practicing it multiple times. For additional practice, I also purchased the EK 1001 questions series and those are very helpful in exposing you to the variety of possible questions. In the end, the subjects and topic material will always be the same – so keep practicing on answering questions to be able apply the knowledge you have quicker.
What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?

My extracurricular activities – both AMSA and Paul Hom Asian Clinic.

Did you apply nationally?

Yes, I applied to 7 schools, but I only interviewed at 3.

What advice do you have for others?

Time management. You always hear this phrase continuously throughout your academic endeavors – I wish I was able to better maximize the time I spent in the past, especially in undergrad. Once podiatric medical school begins, the amount of work does not stop and wait for us to take a pause. When it comes to studying for exams and classes, try to set goals on what you want to accomplish for that given day. Instead of studying for 12 hours straight in a library, you can get the same amount done in 6 hours and have an extra 6 hours to focus on other subjects, personal free time, or relax. Focus and concentrate on studying and take hourly breaks to avoid burn outs and you can begin to use the study time more efficiently. I know it is tempting to check Instagram, respond to texts, or take a quick YouTube break. Don’t do it. It is not easy in the beginning, but you will eventually develop your own rhythm that suits your style the best. 


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Stephanie Ko

Major: Biological Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012
Which school are you attending?
I’m currently a second year student at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University.
What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?
Pre-Med AMSA and Pre-Health Internships through ICC
How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
During my undergraduate studies, I spent an average of about 30 hours a week studying for my courses.
Did you use a test prep course?
I didn’t use a test prep course to prepare for the MCAT. I followed a self-schedule and used the Berkeley Review and Examkrackers books. 
What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
MCAT, GPA, leadership, community involvement
Did you apply nationally?
I applied to the two California podiatry schools.
What advice do you have for others?
Upon graduating from UC Davis, I had a strong thirst for the sciences and knew I wanted to become a health professional but I wasn’t sure which field I wanted to go into. I took a year off after my undergraduate studies and explored many different health professionals and volunteered in my community. I would recommend prospective students to shadow many different podiatrists and to also find volunteering opportunities in the community. I went on the AACPM website to search for local podiatrists in my area and I was so happy to see how easy it was to set up opportunities to shadow. It’s also a great way to build relationships with the podiatrists and seek advice through them as mentors throughout podiatry school. Feel free to email me with any questions! Here is my email: stephanie.ko@samuelmerritt.edu.

Dara Taeb

Major: Microbiology
Overall GPA: 3.8
Graduation Year: 2012
Which school are you attending?
California School of Podiatric Medicine 
What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?
American Society of Microbiology, UC Davis Chapter
How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
7-10 hours
Did you use a test prep course?
No. I began early and organized all my study time to make sure I was efficient. I used books and of course took many practice tests.
What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
Unique Major 
Did you apply nationally?
No. 
What advice do you have for others?
Planning and organization are some of the most important traits in order to achieve success. However, with all the planning in the world, things happen that our out of our control and you must learn to adapt to the current situation. The road to your goals may change, but the goal itself can always remain the same. Hard work will always pay off, no matter what. 

Success Story Meghan Teague

Meghan Teague

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Graduation Year: 2013
Which school are you attending?
California School of Podiatric Medicine
What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?
I spent all four years at Davis (and one extra!) playing violin with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, three years as a lifeguard and student manager in the Aquatics department of Campus Recreation and Unions, and three years as a research assistant in the Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. I also worked as an EMT and played violin in many productions at Davis Musical Theater Company.
How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
I studied about 20 hours per week.
Did you use a test prep course?
I took a Kaplan course at Davis during fall quarter, studied a lot during winter break, and took MCAT in January. I would recommend taking a prep course. It helps you focus your studying and learn skills you will need for the exam.
What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
My strengths were in my experiences. I was involved in so many different aspects of the community both at UC Davis and in the city of Davis. This included orchestras, aquatics, the emergency response company I worked for, advisory boards, and clubs. Being so heavily involved really enriched the meaning of service for me. I was able to draw from a lot of experiences that collectively directed me into the medical field.
Did you apply nationally?
Yes. I applied to podiatric medical schools in California, Arizona, and Iowa.
What advice do you have for others?
Enjoy yourself and get involved in activities and organizations that interest you, not just something that you think will look good on an application. Your experiences at Davis will be so much more meaningful if you take the time to find things you are passionate about, and this will show on your application and in interviews.