Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine Celebrates 100 Years

[MUSIC] If you had asked me in 1958 what this
current time would be in podiatric medicine, I would have
undershot the mark so far. >> I look at the times where we did not have the right to write
prescriptions for medications. We were not on hospital staffs. Hospital privileges began,
actually, more after I graduated. And today,
I don’t think there’s any hospital in the country that does not
have podiatry represented. [MUSIC] >> Yes, it was 2057 Cornell Road. It had been designed exactly for podiatry. Actually, that was the interesting thing. >> As you walked into the building and
walked down a hallway, there was an operating room. And the operating room
had a very large glass window that as a student,
you could walk by and watch a surgical procedure
being performed, which would not be permitted today. [MUSIC] >> We were in the building at 105th and
Carnegie. There were no beautiful lecture
halls like we have now. There was a giant auditorium where
we would take our tests, and the clinic was actually in
the same building as the school. We didn’t have a separate clinic,
or anything like that. [MUSIC] >> So when I first experienced
the new campus, I was amazed. It was such a different setting
than where I went to school. >> I remember the Carnegie building, and
when I saw how far we had come in this beautiful building,
it was something to be very proud of. [MUSIC] >> To me it was a win win situation for
both Kent State and for the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. We were a private institution. It will afford our students greater
opportunities that we could not provide if we had not
proceeded in this direction. >> I think it opened a lot of doors for
our students, I think it opens doors for Kent students. >> OCPM entering in to Kent State College
of Podiatric Medicine allowed me to have more resources for
my PhD research. For me, it was an amazing transition. [MUSIC] >> I hope the next 100 years
holds just as much growth and progress as the first 100 years. >> I hope that our school
continues to bring in better and brighter students, as it has been doing. People who care about the profession
as much as we all do. >> For the next hundred years what I hope
for for the school is along with the state and the governmental organizations is
helping gain parity for the profession. >> I hope that for the next hundred years
that the students will continue to have access to state of the art
diagnostic tools and state of the art educational tools. >> I would like to see everybody
belong to the Alumni Association. This is our college,
this is where we learned our profession. >> If I was on an elevator with an alumnus
that I know had not come back to the college, I would explain to them it
would be an experience that they would never forget and one that would make
them feel very proud of where we were, as well as what the future brings. >> I would absolutely choose
to do podiatry again. I think that it’s offered
a great profession. It’s allowed me to treat people and
help people in a lot of different ways. >> I honestly can’t think of anything
anything else that I enjoy more. And I’m fortunate that I kinda
get the best of both worlds. I get to teach, and I get to practice. >> Podiatry is by far the best decision
I think I’ve made in my entire life. >> It couldn’t be a more rewarding career. [MUSIC]

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