Clinical rotations begin at the end of second year in June and continue until graduation. Students will spend year three immersed in clinical training in our DMU Foot and Ankle Clinic, as well as with distinguished DMU alumni throughout the Des Moines area. Year four is spent rotating at approved sites nationwide. Students work with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs to establish their schedule of rotations.
Rotations competencies have been developed to maximize your clinical experiences in basic podiatric medicine, podiatric radiology, podiatric surgery and podiatric orthopedics/biomechanics. Students rotate at a variety of patient care facilities whose population base varies with respect to socioeconomic and cultural diversity.
During the fourth year you complete 11 months of clinical rotations that begin in June of your final year, including:
The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) recognizes the paradigm shift in medical education resulting in greater external educational affiliations. Although this concept has been embraced by osteopathic and allopathic medical institutions for years, it has not been widely accepted by podiatric medical education. CPMS has established affiliations with more than 25 medical centers throughout the United States, which serve as core hospitals.