Section Menu

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) is an innovative aspect of the curriculum. The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery has followed a PBL curriculum for the past 15 years. During the third year, you’re part of a group of six to eight students assigned to a faculty member for a six-week period. You solve actual or simulated clinical problems. Concurrently you complete clinical rotations under the supervision of this same clinician.
  • 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

  • Introduction to podiatric medicine
  • Basic life support
  • Biochemistry
  • Honors PBL biochemistry (elective)
  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Honors PBL microbiology (elective)
  • Physical diagnosis
  • Pathology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Pharmacology I

2nd-year curriculum

  • Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular/Respiratory
  • Hematology
  • Lower extremity biomechanics
  • Neurology
  • Gastrointestinal/Nutrition
  • Renal
  • Lower limb anatomy
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Clinical podiatric medicine & diagnostics (includes radiology)
  • Clinical podiatric biomechanics & surgery
  • Medical research and writing

At the end of year two you are begin formal clinical rotations in the DMU Foot and Ankle Clinic. During this phase you interact with other members of the health care community, such as primary care physicians, specialists, and students in other health care programs. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of podiatric medicine as an integral part of total health care.

3rd-year curriculum

  • Clinical rotations
  • Basic life support re-certification
  • Operating room protocol
  • Dermatology
  • Trauma/Emergency medicine
  • Public health issues
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Principles and practices of evidence-based podiatric medicine (PBL)

4th-year curriculum