Ep. 106 – Kwasi Kwaadu, DPM, FACFAS, Surgeon/Educator/Researcher/Mentor

Dean’s chat Co-hosts, Drs. Jeff Jensen and Johanna Richey interview Dr. Kwasi Kwaadu, Assistant Residency Director from Temple University and director of the Charcot and Limb Salvage Center! 
Originally from Ghana, Dr. Kwaadu talks about how his childhood has influenced his perspective and his career. Dr. Kwaadu graduated in 2005 with his undergraduate degree from Temple University and went on to complete his Podiatric medical school there as well. He completed his 3 year surgical residency program with Aria Health in Philadelphia and completed a 1 year fellowship program under Dr. Justin Flemming with The Philadelphia Foot and Ankle Fellowship. 
Join us as we discuss “all things podiatric medicine”, including Dr. Kwaadu’s extensive experience with research. We discuss his own fellowship as well as the trade offs and benefits residents can consider when looking at career options in podiatric medicine and surgery. 
Tune in as we explore the clinical and didactic side of teaching and how to engage with students. Listen as we dive into the value of feedback and difficult conversations. We discuss how becoming a parent has shifted his mindset and helped him open up more with students. As a busy father of 2 twin boys, he discusses how patience and perspective can help lead to better interactions. Dr. Kwaadu shares some of his own personal experiences where candid and open feedback helped positively influence and shape him. Enjoy!