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Curriculum

The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prepares podiatric medical students through an integrated program of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. Our student outcomes are evidence of our strong curriculum.

Curriculum strengths:

  • During the first two years, you receive a core of basic health science instruction based on a systems curriculum that reflects the interrelationship and interdependence of body systems.
  • Basic sciences such as anatomy, microbiology and biochemistry are taught as they apply to the specific system under study. Clinical correlations relate each system to the podiatric medical practice.
  • The basic science courses for podiatric medical students are the same as for students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program.   Students also take the same exams and are held to same standards which further promotes interdisciplinary professional education.
  • Additional courses address functional anatomy of the lower extremity, and courses in each of the body systems are adapted to the special needs of preparing you for a career in podiatric medicine.
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) using the principles of evidence-based medicine is an innovative aspect of the curriculum. This capstone approach to student learning has been a key teaching method for the College promoting life-long learning. During the third year, you are part of a group of a group of students assigned to a clinician for four-week rotations. You solve actual or simulated clinical problems. Concurrently you complete clinical rotations.
  • In addition to developing problem-solving skills during this portion of the curriculum, you fulfill objectives in podiatric medicine, surgery, orthopedics and radiology.

View a typical 4-year D.P.M. schedule

1st-year curriculum

Biochemistry/Genetics
General Anatomy
Cell Biology
Immunology/Microbiology
Neuroanatomy
Pathology
Physiology
Principles and Practices of Podiatric Medicine
Clinical Medicine
Geriatrics

2nd-year curriculum

Medical Pharmacology
Clinical System I: Cardio/Pulmonary
Clinical System II: Endocrinology/Hematology
Clinical System III: Neurology/Behavioral Medicine
Clinical System IV: Nephrology/Gastrointestinal/Nutrition
Lower Extremity Anatomy
Biomechanics I
Clinical Podiatric Medicine and Diagnostics
Biomechanics and Podiatric Surgery
Lower Extremity Dermatology
Summer Clinic Orientation Rotation

3rd-year curriculum

Clinical Rotations
Basic Surgical and Medical Skills
Emergency Medicine/Trauma
Community Health Care, Concerns and Assessment
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Evidenced-Based Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

  • Forefoot Surgery
  • Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Diagnostic Imaging

4th-year curriculum