Podiatrist, Health and Sport Central & Pro Podiatry, Christchurch
Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry)
He first discovered his interest in podiatry after hearing other students talk about their experiences at a university open day, says podiatry alumnus Philip Ega.
“My first exposure to podiatry was when I attended an open day at AUT, and got to speak to some students who were already studying podiatry. They told me about their experiences with the degree and how much they enjoyed it.
“I made the decision to study podiatry because of my curiosity to know more about it. It’s a decision I haven’t regretted.”
Rubbing shoulders with podiatry experts
Make the most of your lecturers, he advises other students.
“You’re presented with the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and well-recognised people in their field of work. Learn from them and take their advice when they give it to you.
“The support from the academic staff was really helpful, especially in stressful moments. Throughout my studies I built connections, and made lifelong friends and colleagues.”
Being able to apply his knowledge in a clinical setting was one of the highlights of his studies, Philip says.
“The podiatry degree enabled me to transfer what I learned in the lectures to a clinical setting every week. In my final semester, I also did a few weeks of work placements in Christchurch where I got to experience working in private clinics, in a lab manufacturing orthotics and in the hospital managing high-risk diabetic patients.”
The skills to better a patient’s day
After graduating at the end of 2017, Philip now works as a podiatrist in Christchurch; an opportunity that came out of his final-year workplace experience.
“My job involves working with patients of all ages, doing minor toenail surgeries, making orthotics in the lab, working in rest homes and managing injuries, including sports related injuries from the feet right up to the hips.”
What he loves most about his role is the variety, Philip says.
“I enjoy the fact that my work doesn’t confine me to one setting every week. I get to work in a multidisciplinary clinic as well as a lab, and I occasionally travel to see clients at their rest homes. I enjoy being able to use the skills I’ve learned from my studies at university to better a patient’s day.”