Podiatric medical school
Podiatric School is the term used to designate the institutions which educate students and train them to be podiatrists. In the United States, only schools which are accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) may earn the status of being a "Podiatric School". The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is commonly abbreviated D.P.M. degree. The D.P.M. degree is a prerequisite for an individual to be accepted into a CPME accredited surgical residency.
Podiatric education in the United States consists of four (4) years of graduate education with the first two focusing primarily upon the sciences and the last two focusing upon didactic, clinical, and hospital externship experience. After successful completion of these four (4) years of professional education, students are granted a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is considered a doctor of the foot and ankle and receives an education the same as that of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Podiatrists who have completed a 3-year surgical residency can expect to make an average starting salary of $250,000 a year. Average salaries across the profession vary greatly due to the large number of specializations from which podiatrists can potentially choose.
In order to enhance the progression from student doctor to competent podiatric surgeon status, graduates are required to complete a three-year residency program before practicing podiatry. Each individual residency program must be approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine provides a complete list of approved Podiatric Residency Programs.
Accreditation and Governing Bodies
All podiatric medical schools in the United States are accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine is in charge of governing many aspects of Podiatric Medical Education including a mentor network, a centralized application service for prospective students, the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR), and the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP). In addition, students are represented by the American Podiatric Medical Student's Association. Each school is also accredited by their respective state and/or regional accrediting association.
Schools in USA
There are nine accredited podiatric schools in the United States.
The nine podiatric schools (all are accredited by the standards established by the CPME) in the U.S. are:
- Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, in Florida, BUSPM Website
- Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University, in Phoenix, AZ, AZPOD Website
- Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, in Iowa, DMU Website
- California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University CSPM Website
- New York College of Podiatric Medicine NYCPM Website
- Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, in Ohio, KSUCPM Website
- Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, in Illinois, at Rosalind Franklin University SCPM Website
- Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, in Pennsylvania, TUSPM Website
- College of Podiatric Medicine, in California, at Western University of Health Sciences Website
There is one podiatric medical school in Canada based in Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) leading to the D.P.M. degree. It is not accredited by the CPME in the United States, but its curriculum is based on the standards established by the CPME and is approved and accredited by the Quebec Order of Podiatrists and L'Office des professions du Québec.