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host the podcast and discuss his career, his motivation for
beginning the podcast, and his plans for the future.
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen graduated from the California College
of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) and completed his surgical
residency training at Kern Hospital in Warren, MI. He
spent the next seventeen years of his career at the Diabetic
Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO and co-founded the
North Colorado Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency
Program where he served as the clerkship director for
ten years. Dr. Jensen has conducted over thirty clinical
trials on diabetic foot ulcerations, venous leg ulcerations,
and pressure wounds, and has obtained eleven research
grants through the National Institutes of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK), National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National
Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA), generating over
five million dollars in funding. Dr. Jensen has received
fourteen patents for his medical innovations addressing
diabetic foot ulcer offloading, post-surgical care, assisting
injured soldiers in the field, antibiotics for multidrug
resistant organisms, among many others. Additionally,
Dr. Jensen founded MedEfficiency, Inc., and developed
the TCC-EZ Total Contact Casting System which is used
extensively throughout the world. Outside of podiatry,
Dr. Jensen competes nationally as a sporting clay shooter,
and has a long history of mountaineering, running and
ultramarathoning, and fishing walleye. Each of these topics
are touched during the episode, and below are just a few
excerpts from our conversation.
As most episodes of the podcast start, we began our
conversation by recounting his introduction into podiatry.
Growing up in Madison, WI, he shadowed his family
podiatrist who was regarded as a " podiatrist to the stars "
in the Midwest. While working on his master's degree in
exercise physiology, he decided to attend podiatric medical
school at CCPM. During his residency at Kern Hospital, he
began his training under some of the legendary leaders of
podiatric medicine, including Dr. Gary Kaplan and Dr. Irv
Kanat. He also discussed his meeting with Dr. Paul Brand,
who helped to guide him into the NIH Research Grant
experience after a simple phone call. This willingness to say
yes and be a mentor when someone is looking for guidance
is a crucial aspect in developing leadership.
A frequent theme of the podcast, he discusses the importance
of mentorship in developing the skills and knowledge to
become a leader in the profession and the necessity for the
mentee to take advantage of their leadership.
Dr. Jensen has discussed in previous podcasts that a
common theme he sees among the leaders of the profession
is great mentorship. To expand on this further, I asked him
what he thought were good traits to look for in a mentor,
and on the flipside, what the mentee should possess. A
great mentor is open and willing to be a mentor more than
anything, and great mentors are just waiting to help those
on the same path they once were. As students, we should
also be open to reaching out and not be afraid to ask for
help or advice.
Dr. Jensen transitioned into academia when he was offered
the position of Dean of Barry University School of
Podiatric Medicine. Having had experience in clerkship
and residency training, he understood what it took to
train a fourth-year student or a resident but saw this as an
opportunity to help students become future leaders in the
profession from day one. He served as dean from 2010 to
2014, and later as Senior Director for Research from 2014
to 2017. He received a call from Dr. Jeffrey Page in 2017,
who was the dean of AZCPM at the time and a long-time
mentor, to consider moving to Arizona to take over as
Dean following Dr. Page's retirement. He views his time
in academics as a way to help the future generation of
podiatrists to become the next leaders in the profession.
His most recent endeavor, this podcast, came about due to
his perceived need for such a platform in the profession due

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