Doctors of podiatric medicine have rewarding careers helping improve the mobility of patients of all ages.
Taking care of what’s arguably the most mistreated part of the body—the foot and the ankles—podiatrists treat everything from sports injuries to congenital defects to bunions to diabetes-related problems. It’s a profession with plenty of flexibility. Many podiatrists work in private practice, where they can set their own hours and the scope of their work. As the general population ages, podiatrists are likely to see career opportunities increase in coming years.
Yes, you will need to complete a four-year course of study leading to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Most states also require that you complete a postdoctoral residency program of at least one year.
You may choose any major, but you must complete the course requirements when applying to any podiatry college.
Each podiatry college sets their own prerequisite courses so students must verify admission requirements directly with the schools. Working with a health professions advisor, you should plan your courses of study carefully, and you should take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the appropriate time.
Recommended courses include:
- BIO 200, 201, 315, 430, 442, 443
- CHM 211, 212, 311, 312, 315, 316
- PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
- ENG 105, 106
- PSY 210
- SOC 211
- MTH 151, 345 (or PSY 355)
You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance.
You can start by visiting these useful websites:
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
On this site, you’ll find information about the various colleges of podiatric medicine and other institutions that offer graduate or postdoctoral training in podiatric medicine.
- American Podiatric Medical Association
The APMA represents approximately 80 percent of the podiatrists in the country. This site provides career information and more.