Podiatrists (DPM) “strive to improve the overall health of their patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle” (AACPM, 2001).
The DPM degree involves four years of additional training beyond a baccalaureate degree. Much like other medical programs, “the first two years are devoted to classroom instruction and laboratory work in the basic medical sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology. There is some clinical exposure in the first and second year. During the third and fourth years, students concentrate on courses in the clinical sciences, gaining experience in the college clinics, community clinics, and accredited hospitals. Clinical courses include general diagnosis (history taking, physical examination, clinical laboratory procedures, and diagnostic radiology), therapeutics (pharmacology, physical medicine, orthotics, and prosthetics), anesthesia and surgery” (AACPM, 2001).
For more information about becoming a doctor of podiatric medicine please visit AACPM.
Program Quick Facts
Education Association: AACPM (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine)
Application Service: AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service)
Entrance Exam: MCAT
Length of program: 4 years
Residency Required: Yes