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Field of Study: Podiatric Medicine


Podiatric medicine programs prepare people to work as podiatrists, or foot doctors.



Podiatric medicine programs include topics such as:

  • Basic medical sciences
  • Anatomy and structure of the foot and ankle
  • Foot and ankle disorders and injuries
  • Functional orthopedics
  • Emergency medicine and traumatology
  • Practice management
  • Professional standards and ethics

Very few universities and specialized schools offer graduate degrees in podiatric medicine. Students earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (DPM). This usually requires four years of full-time study beyond the bachelor's degree.

After graduating from medical school, students spend between one to three years in a residency. This is paid on-the-job training where they get more in-depth exposure and experience working in surgery, internal medicine, and radiology.