A group of students from Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine, along with Professor Dr. Luis A. Rodriguez Anaya and third-year Mercy Hospital resident Dr. Gabriel Santamarina, recently volunteered at an annual foot washing event hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Miami.
During the event, students addressed the foot care needs of the homeless population, which included foot washing, nail and callus care, and provided general information to assist the homeless community in taking care of their feet.
“As a podiatry student, especially during the pre-clinical years, having the opportunity to see podiatric ailments in the general population and assist with palliative care is a window into the workings of the profession,” said Podiatry student Yohandy Fuentes. “My experience during [the] homeless event has always been extraordinary in every aspect, and I look forward to being part of it again.”
Students, Fuentes added, also get an opportunity to familiarize themselves with medical instruments and proper utilization with real patients under the supervision of attending physicians and upperclassmen. The event provides a service to a sector of the community that is much in need.
According to Rodriguez, the foot washing event — which the School of Podiatric Medicine has participated in for more than 10 years — is one of the most anticipated volunteer events of the spring.
“This event allows our physicians not only to give back to the community but also to teach the future podiatric physicians to recognize the importance of preventative foot care and health maintenance for the community at large,” he said.