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Today’s Podiatrist: Nadia Sadeghi A Long Road to Podiatric Medicine W hen Nadia Sadeghi was a nothing up in the air” as there is for allopathgirl in Iran, she was an elite ic and osteopathic medical students, who gymnast training for the 2008 choose a specialty later in their education. Olympic Games. She trained for The only thing up in the air for Sadeghi a grueling eight to 10 hours per day, working tothese days is juggling all her classes and ward her goal. Even then, however, she realized studying. She believes “the hardest thing she was lucky: Most young girls in Iran never about being a medical student is studying to have the opportunity to play sports. While Sadelearn, not studying for a grade.” With two ghi trained, her family was struggling with a deciyears left at Scholl College, she realizes it sion. In Iran, people of the Baha’i faith are banned may even get harder. Still, she said, “This is from attending universities. Because education exactly what I wanted in life.” Students at was paramount for this family (Sadeghi’s mother Scholl, as at all podiatric medical schools, Nadia Sadeghi was a college professor, and her father was an entake courses that are nearly identical to those gineer), the entire family decided to move to the at allopathic and osteopathic schools, inUnited States. Sadeghi was 13 at the time. cluding anatomy, biochemistry, neurology, and physiology. When Sadeghi fled Iran, she never dreamed she’d end up a podiatric medical student in Chicago. But many miles and several years after leaving her native Iran, Sadeghi is now a student at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and pursuing her dreams of becoming a physician. Sadeghi arrived in the United States unable to speak English. “It was the hardest year of my life,” she said. “I had no friends, no sense of what high school was like, and literally one year to catch up to my classmates.” Nonetheless, she persevered through high school, where she learned the language and then attended and graduated from Arizona State University. Always interested in sports, Sadeghi gave up gymnastics Sadeghi hopes to obtain a three-year residency program in and learned to play soccer. Unfortunately, she broke her foot the Chicago area and stay in the area to practice. She wants to during a game. After enduring six months of pain and visiting focus her practice on sports medicine to help female athletes like many different doctors, she was referred to a podiatrist who got her. And while Sadeghi may still need “to keep her dictionary her back on her feet and became her career inspiration. In 2007, open” for some words, she’s got a well-defined idea of where she Sadeghi attended the Summer Medical and Dental Education wants to go and who she wants to be. Program at the University of Virginia, where she had the opFor more information, contact APMA at careerinfo@apma. portunity to learn a great deal about many different medical org or call 301-581-9280. To view our career “music” video, professions. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was three,” she visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHSbeTJUcCM. n told APMA. But even after hearing about many different medical professions, she kept gravitating toward podiatric medicine. “I chose podiatric medicine for three reasons: the lifestyle, because I wanted a family-friendly profession; my personal exEditor’s Note: In upcoming issues of APMA News, we will profile perience, which was so positive; and the fact that when you more podiatric medical students and include information relevant choose podiatric medicine, you choose it from day one. There’s to students as they pursue a career in podiatric medicine. After enduring six months of pain and visiting many different doctors, she was referred to a podiatrist who got her back on her feet and became her career inspiration. 22 APMA News l February 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHSbeTJUcCM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of APMA News - February 2011

APMA News - February 2011
Contents
In Short
President’s Message
A New Era in APMA Communications
Model Fee-Parity Law Now Available
Looking Forward to 2011 with ASPS
Nadia Sadeghi: A Long Road to Podiatric Medicine
Destination Boston: 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting
Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Form
Insurance Advisor
2011 Call for Awards Nominations
Members Who Know Media
CPME Update
Federal Advocacy Forum
Young Members Update
Coding Update
Talking Practice Enhancement
IT Consultant
New Members
Death Notices
In Memoriam: John Carson
Worthy of Note
Resolutions Submissions
Development Update
APMAPAC Update
Classified Advertising
Dates to Remember
Advertising Index

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