For UC Davis Students
Podiatric Medicine is a specialty of medicine and research which seeks to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases and disorders affecting the human foot. Due to increased interest in physical fitness and sports, and the growing elderly population, there is presently a growing need for qualified podiatrists. The specialties of podiatric medicine include podiatric surgery, podopediatrics, podogeriatrics, and podiatric sports medicine. Podiatrists have the option of working in a podiatric hospital/clinic, in association with a medical group, or in private practice.
The course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is four years in length at all schools.
Although there are no specified requirements for experience by any of the podiatric colleges, it is highly recommended that students gain exposure to the field prior to application. In this manner, the applicant can become aware of the possible opportunities and rigors of the profession. Podiatric experience may be gained through volunteer or paid work in a podiatric hospital or clinic or with a practicing podiatrist.
The applicant must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study at an accredited institution prior to matriculating at a podiatric medical school, but most applicants enter with a baccalaureate degree. Prior to entry, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) must be taken.
For additional information refer to the Podiatric Medicine Preparation at UC Davis handout.
Health Sciences Advising has advising staff who are eager to answer any questions you may have in your preparation for podiatric medical school.