Education

Candidates for admission are expected to complete baccaalaureate degrees before admission. As with institutions granting MD and DO degrees, the colleges will consider candidates who show unusual promise and have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours at accredited undergraduate colleges or universities.

Applicants for admission are required to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a prerequisite. The course of instruction leading to the DPM degree is four years. The first two years are devoted to classroom instruction and lab work in the medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, mircrobiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology. During the 3rd and 4th years, students concentrate on courses in the clinical sciences, gaining experience in the college clinics, community clinics and accredited hospitals.

The Organization

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) was founded in 1912 to promote levels of understanding of the profession; it continues to work to improve the quality of foot care in the Unites States.

Practice

After completing the four-year course and receiving the DPM degree, the graduate is eligible to take a state board examination to obtain a license to practice.

Board Certification

Most graduates go on to complete up to 3 years of post-graduate training demonstrating his competence. After a few years of experience and having performed an adequate number of cases, the podiatric physician may take an oral and written exam and become board certified.