Preparing for a Career in Podiatry
Podiatric medicine is a specialty involving education and
training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and
disorders of the human foot. Podiatrists share in all the rights and
privileges of the practice of medicine: the authority to make
independent professional judgments, to administer medical and
surgical treatment, and to prescribe medication.
Today's podiatrist is free of many of the traditional tensions in
practicing medicine. There's little or no emergency work. There is
little or no weekend and evening work. You are free to set your own
schedule. Yet, the financial rewards are excellent. A recent survey
of podiatrists in Illinois showed an average income of $74,000. And
the U.S. government has projected a need for approximately doubling
the number of podiatrists in the next ten years. Undergraduate
preparation for entrance to podiatric medicine schools is similar to
that required for medical schools. Refer to Section IV.A of this
Application to podiatric medicine schools is through the American
Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service
(AACPMAS). The AACPMAS application packet is available from:
20 Chevy Chase Circle, N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
In addition, each applicant must also take the Medical College
Admission Test (MCAT) prior to admission. This test is described in
Section V of this Handbook.