Podiatry

Overview:

Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the study of human movement, with the medical care of the foot and ankle as its primary focus. A doctor of podiatric medicine is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth or an ophthalmologist to the eye - a specialist who has undergone lengthy, thorough study to become uniquely well-qualified to treat a specific part of the body.

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot disorders, diseases and injuries. A DPM makes independent judgments and performs or orders all necessary diagnostic tests. They perform surgery; administer medications, including DEA-restricted medications; and prescribe physical therapy regimens.

DPMs often detect serious health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed, because a number of diseases manifest first through symptoms of the lower extremities (i.e., diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or kidney disease). Podiatric physicians are educated in state-of-the-art techniques involving surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Resources:

Professional Organization

Common Application Service

Entrance Exam

Requirements vary by school. Some schools may accept scores from any of these exams:

Financial Aid Programs

GPA:

  • Minimum: 2.9
  • Average: 3.3
  • Average GPA: Varies by School
  • Average Job Shadow Hours: 35+

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES FOR PODIATRY

  • Principles of Biology w/labs 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Physics w/labs 2 semesters
  • English 2 semesters

 

BS BIOLOGY PRE-PODIATRY

 

Last Updated 4/26/16