Podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. Demand for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) is on the rise, as there is a growing aging population, a rise in diabetes cases, increased interest in sports medicine, and a rise in the desire for individuals to maintain an active lifestyle through and beyond middle age. The foot may be the first area to show signs of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so DPMs are a vital link to other healthcare professionals.
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education, and two or three years of hospital-based residency training. A residency program provides an interdisciplinary experience with rotations such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, infectious disease, surgery, ER, and pediatrics. All podiatrists receive a DPM degree.
(See individual podiatry school requirements for specific information.)
The AACPM Application Service (AACPMAS) provides a simplified process of applying to schools and colleges of podiatric medicine: https://portal.aacpmas.org/
The MCAT has been the only standardized test required for admission to colleges of podiatric medicine. However, some colleges will accept the GRE or US DAT in lieu of the MCAT. (Check with the specific requirements for podiatric schools.) To register for the MCAT and for the dates and test site locations, visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/.
To register for the US DAT and for the dates and test site information, visit www.ada.org/dat.aspx.