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A Career in Podiatry

Is podiatry in your future?

Surgery, pediatrics, sports medicine, wound care, biomechanics, and trauma: Podiatrists do it all. Use these resources to find out more about this exciting and challenging health-care career, or check out Step Into Podiatry!

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

How Are Podiatrists Trained?

Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital-based residency training. Their training is similar to that of other physicians. Podiatrists may go on to complete fellowship training following their residency.

Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.

Learn more about prerequisites, admissions, financial aid, and more. Visit the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

  • Read our Student Profiles for firsthand insight from current podiatric medical students.
  • Check out the AACPM website for in-depth information about the academic requirements to become a podiatrist, as well as the application process for one of the nine colleges of podiatric medicine nationwide.
  • The best way to learn more about this exciting profession is to shadow one of our physicians in his or her practice. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine can match you with a mentor in your area. 

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