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The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) specializes in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases associated with foot movement and the ankle. A D.P.M. uses his or her extensive knowledge and training to detect problems in the lower extremities, make independent decisions regarding rehabilitation, and perform surgical procedures. Podiatrists work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, foot clinics, and independent practices. These doctors are educated in state-of-the-art techniques involving physical medicine, rehabilitation, orthopedics, surgery and dermatology.

How to Get into Podiatric Medical College

Program of Study. After four years of study at an accredited podiatric medical college, the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine receives the D.P.M. The first two years center around classroom and laboratory instruction while the remaining two years focus on clinical sciences and patient care. Most prospective podiatrists seek postdoctoral residency positions, but graduates of podiatric medical colleges may choose to enter into practice immediately after matriculation.

Admissions. Students who are interested in the basic sciences and would like to become an integral member of the health care profession should consider a career in podiatric medicine. Students need a minimum of three academic years in any major at an accredited college or university for entrance into a podiatric school. Interested students should contact a college directly. However, all applicants must process their primary application through the AACPMAS service. AACPMAS also compiles applicant scores from the Medical College Admission Test. New applications, distributed in September, request biographical information including academic coursework, extracurricular activities, and MCAT scores. Students need to s end official transcripts directly from the all undergraduate colleges of attendance to the college of podiatric medicine. Each podiatric college will forward supplemental information to the applicant. This supplemental information will include a request for letters of evaluation from faculty members and often a podiatrist.

The Interview. Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants. The admissions committee conducts the interview, a valuable tool for evaluating applicants. In the inter view, the student can demonstrate his or her knowledge of the podiatric field, elaborate on information included in the application, and ask questions about the school.

 


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