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We are pleased to introduce Thurmond Lanier, DPM, as NYCPM’s Featured DPM. Dr. Lanier graduated from NYCPM in 2009 as class salutatorian and completed his three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Lanier received his undergraduate education at the University of South Carolina, where he majored in Biology. Currently, Dr. Lanier works in the Aurora Healthcare Network in Wisconsin, and states that working in a hospital setting adds a great deal of diversity to his practice. While Dr. Lanier has a special interest in reconstructive surgery, he sees everything from cases involving limb salvage to sports medicine, which allows him to keep his skills sharp in all facets of podiatry.
Dr. Lanier completed an externship month at Swedish Medical Center during his fourth year at NYCPM, prior to attending the three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency there. At Swedish Medical Center, he saw that the third-year residents were confident in the podiatry clinic as well as in the operating room, and looked like they were ready to handle a great variety of cases that would come their way in the future. He also was drawn to the strong academic component of the program and that the attendings genuinely enjoyed teaching.
Dr. Lanier became interested in the field of podiatry early on; when he was five years old, he sustained an injury to his foot that required visits to multiple specialists, including podiatrists. He knew he wanted a career in the healthcare field, and with this past experience, podiatry seemed to be the best fit. Dr. Lanier remembers his time at NYCPM as very busy and challenging while extremely rewarding. He credits FCNY as an invaluable resource in giving early clinical exposure that is imperative to moving forward with externships and residency. During his time at NYCPM, Dr. Lanier served as a student ambassador, was a member of the surgery club, and was fortunate enough to be awarded several merit-based scholarships.
Dr. Lanier urges preclinical students just beginning their studies at NYCPM to understand that their journey is a process, not a project. Everything that preclinical students are enduring right now is for a reason, he says, and will make them more successful clinicians in the future. He advises students not to stress out over every exam question, and to try to keep the big picture in mind, even though it may not be clear during the first and second years.
Dr. Lanier urges students in their clinical years to be sponges: be aware of everything around you, as there is something new to learn in every situation, even if the specific case or pathology has been seen many times before. Dr. Lanier encourages clinical students to really take advantage of the depth of knowledge that residents and attendings have, as when out in practice there will always be situations where you do not know a definite answer. Most importantly, all students on this journey should display empathy, a willingness to always learn, drive and determination in their future, and a humble attitude.
According to Dr. Lanier, the most rewarding part about being a DPM is the close relationship that is often formed with patients. It is rewarding to see his patients get better and to hear about how they are active again and doing the things they genuinely want to do. During his free time not practicing podiatry, Dr. Lanier enjoys traveling with his wife and three kids. He is also an avid sports fan who enjoys following basketball, football and tennis.
By: Ria Sajnani, Class of 2020