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My Journey in Choosing a Podiatric Career

By Emily Cziraky, PPMA TUSPM [Class of 2023] Student Rep 

My name is Emily Cziraky, and I am a second-year student at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM). I started my journey with the vision of a career in medicine, but was undecided on the exact route I would take post-graduation. Even though I grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, I traveled down to North Carolina to pursue my undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

To increase my exposure and understanding of the healthcare system, I studied Health Policy and Management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The program was selective and small, and we collaborated on a multitude of projects from health behavior change program planning to a significant audit of a hospital’s financial reports. Through this program, I volunteered at local health centers and viewed patient encounters. I knew that while I enjoyed the business side of medicine, my future would focus on the clinical side of medicine. 


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