Podiatry

Podiatric medical schools award the D.P.M. degree after four years of study. The first two years typically consists of foundational science courses and their application to the study of medicine. The final two years are more patient-focused and the student is exposed to a variety of specialties within the medical field. Following graduation, more advanced, specialized training takes 3 years to complete. All students must successfully complete the training in podiatric medical school and pass a State Board Examination or the National Board of Podiatry Examiners. Podiatrists practice in a private setting, educational institutions, hospitals, and government agencies. They are trained to examine the foot and lower leg for any diseases anddisorders and able to provide surgical or medical treatment.

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

American Podiatric Medical Association

Shadow a Podiatrist

http://www.aacpm.org/becoming-a-podiatric-physician/contact-a-mentor/

Recommended University of Maryland Pre-Requisite Courses

Download PDF: Pre-Requisites for Podiatry School

Academic Timeline

Academic Planning During Your College Career

  1. Pre-Health Track: Taking the pre-requisites courses 
  2. Choosing a Major: Choose a subject that you are passionate about!

Clinical / Volunteer / Research Opportunities

Found on and off campus

Admissions Process

  1. Letters of Recommendation
  2. Entrance Exams

First-year

  1. Transition to campus climate & culture
  2. Familiarize yourself with campus resources
  3. Attend Pre-Health workshops 
  4. Enroll & successfully complete required prerequisite course
    • Begin required math sequence
    • Begin required CHEM sequence in most cases 131/32 and 231/32
    • BSCI 170/171 (formerly BSCI 105)
  5. Develop good study skills & habits
  6. Identify Pre-Health student organizations
  7. Identify volunteer & community service opportunities

Sophomore Year

  1. Enroll & successfully complete required premedical courses
  2. Meet with Academic and Pre-Health Advisor
  3. Participate in Volunteer, Community service & Research opportunities, and particularly clinical experiences
    • Complete required math sequence
    • Continue with required CHEM sequence, 241/42 and 271/72 in most cases
    • Consider other 200 level BSCI recommended courses before moving on to cell biology
  4. Research health professional schools
  5. Consider a broad course selection
  6. Identify courses/majors where you can develop strong foundations in critical thinking, writing, reading & communication
  7. Develop relationships with professors

Junior Year - Senior Year

  1. Attend the Pre-Health workshops that cover the Credentials service and application process
  2. MCAT exam taken for medical school when offered (consult AAMC web site for deadlines to register and for exam dates). Ideally by June of application year.
  3. Schedule prep courses for standardized tests if desired
  4. See Timeline for applicant
  5. Submit common applications

Senior Year

  1. Interviews
  2. Admissions Offers
  3. Graduate from College