About Podiatrists

Podiatrist explained

The term “podiatrist” is a fancy word for foot doctor. Podiatrists, also known as podiatric physicians or surgeons, specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. In order to practice podiatry, they must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a recognized college of podiatric medicine. They must pass written and oral board examinations and obtain a provincial license to practice podiatric medicine. The admission process for Colleges of Podiatric Medicine is rigorous and requires:

  • Completion of at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate study at a fully-accredited institution
  • Meeting or exceeding a specified grade point average
  • Meeting or exceeding a specified score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) which is the same test required of applicants to medical schools in the US and Canada.

Compulsory courses include Biology, Chemistry (inorganic and organic), and Physics. Prospective students are also evaluated on the basis of letters of recommendation, interviews, and extracurricular activities.

Colleges of Podiatric Medicine offer 4-year programs of study. Third- and fourth-year students perform clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. During clinical rotations students take patient histories, perform routine physical examinations, interpret diagnostic tests, and perform therapy. Most jurisdictions require completion of a 1- to 3-year postdoctoral residency program and continuing medical education (CME) for license renewal.

Residents receive advanced training in Podiatric Medicine and perform clinical
rotations in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Orthopedic and General Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Radiology

Board certification in Podiatry requires advanced training, written and oral examinations, and practice experience.

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