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.