Patricia Cobb, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Academic Services, Premedical Advisor, HLT 131, (414) 229-3922, firstname.lastname@example.org, uwm.edu/letters-science/programs?discipline=Pre-Podiatry
Students wishing to become doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) should consult the pre-medical advisor early in their undergraduate career for help in planning a program. An appointment with the advisor each semester is recommended strongly. Later, the advisor also can assist students in the application process.
DPMs, also known as podiatrists, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg to keep this part of the body working properly. Podiatrists may prescribe drugs, order physical therapy, set fractures, and perform surgery as a routine part of their practice. Most podiatrists are in general practice; some specialize in surgery, orthopedics, primary care, or public health.
To practice podiatry, further education and training are required beyond the bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, students will enter a DPM program (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine). DPMs are licensed caregivers and can prescribe drugs and perform surgery.
The DPM is a four-year program after completion of the bachelor’s degree. Most states then require a three year residency after the DPM is earned. Thus, you can expect to spend seven to eight years in school and hands-on training after college before you become a full-fledged podiatrist.
UWM offers a special admission track to the Rosalind Franklin University-Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who successfully complete the admissions requirements are offered early review and preferential admission to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program. In some instances, students can enter the DPM program after only three years of undergraduate study and transfer their first year of the DPM program back to UWM to complete their Bachelor’s degree. Students who elect to follow a more traditional four-year plan, are still given the preferential admissions status.
There are only nine accredited schools of podiatry in the United States. While the stated admissions requirements may be just slightly below those for medical school, it is just as competitive to get into a podiatry program as it is to get into medical school because of the limited number of spaces available nationwide. You can make yourself an attractive candidate by keeping your grades as high as possible, compiling a portfolio of relevant experiences through volunteer work or part-time jobs, and honing your communication skills to prepare for the admissions interview, practicing for the MCAT standardized test, and building relationships with professors and supervisors who can provide letters of recommendation.
- One year of general Biology with lab (Bio Sci 150, 152)
- One year of General Chemistry with lab (Chem 102, 104)
- One year of Organic Chemistry with lab (Chem 343, 344, 345)
- One year of Physics with lab (Physics 120/121 and 122/123)
- 6 credits of English (English 101, 102)
- Public Speaking (Commun 103)
- Introduction to Psychology (Psych 101)
It is also recommended that students take a few additional upper-level social/behavioral science courses.
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