Interview with Elizabeth Connolly '21

Our Student Profile for August is Elizabeth Connolly Elizabeth grew up in North Jersey and is currently a fourth year student at TUSPM. Before attending podiatry school, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology on a Pre Med track from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Growing up Elizabeth was a high school athlete and had several ankle injuries. Visits with different podiatrists landed her great exposure to the various aspects of podiatry. While studying for her undergrad, Elizabeth spent five months in South Africa’s most impoverished area. For those months, she assisted at G. F. Jooste Post-Acute Hospital in the public health care system within many areas of medicine. Her experience in South Africa provided her knowledge on several injuries and surgeries within the realm of podiatry. When she returned home to the United States, she shadowed Dr. Daniel L. Margolin ’86. She was very impressed with his passion and his devotion to his patient satisfaction. That’s where Elizabeth decide to apply to TUSPM.

 Elizabeth’s experience at TUSPM has been enlightening and has enhanced her determination to pursue a career as a Foot and Ankle surgeon.  When asked what she enjoys most about the school she replied “My passion is working in clinic because you are exposed to various patient cases and intense patient interaction. The doctors encourage you to perform at your highest level.” Elizabeth shared some advice for perspective and current students. “It is essential to have balance in your life. Staying both mentally and physically healthy is critical, as well!” Elizabeth found challenging at times, but with each year she has matured. She also encourages students to be themselves and explore areas of podiatry that will peak your interest.

Elizabeth is looking forward to starting her fourth year at TUSPM and graduation. She hopes to be accepted into a residency of her choosing. When she completes her residency, she would like to stay at the same hospital and work has an Attending for a few years then eventually work in a group practice. Having a successful career in podiatry and a family one-day is very important to her. For now, with COVID-19 still being a major concern, Elizabeth is happy to have everyone in her family healthy and is trying her best to stay positive.

Elizabeth goes above and beyond of what is expected of a student.  She has been working diligently to secure in-kind donations of much needed PPE supplies to be used in the clinic by classmates, students and faculty.  Her generosity is valued and appreciated.