Student Profile: Kate Heineman
By: Peyton Pflug, KLN '19
Tell us about your path to podiatry.
It goes back to when I played divisional field hockey and developed a few stress fractures in my tibia. This led me to become interested in the lower extremity. After shadowing a few doctors, I fell in love with it! I interned here at the school during the winter of my senior year, and that really solidified my interest in pursuing a future in podiatry.
What are some of the challenges you have faced throughout your academic experience?
The most challenging thing for me was probably the pressure of taking the part one boards. Taking an exam like this can cause a lot of fear of not doing well. This was hard for me to deal with, but looking back, I am proud of getting through it.
What are some of the rewards that come with what you do?
Some of my favorite parts of school are my peers and classmates. I have created some lifelong friendships with the people I learn with. Even though school can be difficult at times, I always have my close friends to pick each other up and it makes it all worth it.
What is something you are looking forward to in the future?
As a fourth-year, I have two more externships ahead of me. In January, my interviews for residency will begin, followed by matches in March! I really look forward to being matched at a program that I love and to start residency.
Do you have any advice for those who will follow this path?
When thing seem like they are not going well and you get overwhelmed, you are going to get through it! Just take it one exam at a time. When you look back, you will realize what you accomplished and it will all be worth it. It is also important to involve yourself in the school community and activities. My advice is to make it a goal to leave the school better than when you found it when you graduate.