1.Why Podiatry?
The ability to do surgery, interest in diabetic limb salvage, affiliation with sports medicine, daily assessment of shoe-wear, personal interaction with patients and the chance to work in private practice.

2.What title do podiatrists attain, MD, DO?
Podiatrists attain a D.P.M. title which stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

3.Do podiatrists practice “real” surgery?
Yes. This includes amputations, repair bone fractures, ankle reconstruction, bunion surgery, etc.

4.Current education route?

  • 4 yrs – Undergrad
  • 4 yrs- Podiatric Medical School
  • 3 yrs- Residency
  • 1 yr- Fellowship (optional)

5.Do you need to be a pre-med to apply?
No.You can be any major, as long as you complete the minimum semester credit hours and science course prerequisites. Visit the AACPM admission requirements.

6.Where can I shadow a Podiatrists?
Talk to a local Podiatric clinic. Say you are highly interested in the field and wish to spend a day shadowing. To “find a Podiatrist” near you, visit the APMA website,  http://www.apma.org/Directory/FindAPodiatrist.cfm .


7.Why 9 schools? 
Podiatry is specialized from the beginning, with an emphasis in the lower extremities. We have our own separate schools and don’t need to apply to a general medical school. This field of medicine gains exposure to several unique areas including sports medicine, biomechanics, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, dermatology, internal medicine, diabetic care, and surgery.

8.What is the top school?
There is no specific “top school” everybody is trying to get into.  Each of the nine schools has their own criteria, learning curriculum, reputation and traditions. You can attend open house dates, participate in summer or winter shadowing programs, or set up a one-on-one time with a representative to learn more.

9.Classes I will take?
Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology and definitely lower-extremity anatomy. Each school has its own unique curriculum, but the above are definite that will be offered at each podiatry school.

10.Average class size?
Depending on the school it can range from  30-125 students. For specific demographics for each school, visit AACPM.

11.Average debt?
On average you are facing about $35,000 to $65,000 per year (*plus your loan interest rate). Note: the cost of the school and living varies depending on the school’s tuition and your living accommodations.

Application Process

12.Where can I apply?
The official website is AACPM, visit them at www.aacpm.org .

Aside from offering loans, each school hands out a number of scholarships to the entering class based on GPA, MCAT score, and overall application package. (Ask the school about their scholarship information specifically for your entering class.)

14.Do I apply for the FASFA?
Yes, the same process that you have done in your undergrad you will have to continue during the next four years. This is the only method to receive Financial Aid. Keep a good record of your FASFA pin number and personal information on file. 

15.Need more info. on a school?
Go to the specific school’s website and you can either A) call or B) email their recruitment representative to send you a packet about their school’s program.

Best of all, its free! Do not be afraid to ask for more information through the mail.

Links to Q&A of schools

To get more information about each school, please click on each link below:

1.Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University: Fast Facts
2.Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences: About the Program
3.California School of Podiatric Medicine: About Us
4.Des Moines University of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery: FAQ
5.New York College of Podiatric Medicine: FAQ
6.Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine: FAQ
7.Western University of Health Sciences: About the Program
8.William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine: FAQ
9.Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine: Why TUSPM

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