Podiatric medical school
Podiatric Medical School is the term used to designate the institutions which educate students and train them to be podiatrists. In the United States, only schools which are accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) may earn the status of being a Podiatric Medical School. The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is commonly abbreviated D.P.M. degree. The D.P.M. degree is a prerequisite for an individual to be accepted into a CPME accredited surgical residency.
Podiatric medical education in the United States consists of four (4) years of graduate education with the first two focusing primarily upon the sciences and the last two focusing upon didactic, clinical, and hospital externship experience. After successful completion of these four (4) years of professional education, students are granted a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is considered a physician of the foot and ankle.
In order to enhance the progression from student doctor to competent podiatric surgeon status, graduates are required to complete a three-year residency program before practicing podiatry.  Each individual residency program must be approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine provides a complete list of approved Podiatric Residency Programs.
Accreditation and Governing BodiesEdit
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine is in charge of governing many aspects of Podiatric Medical Education including a mentor network, a centralized application service for prospective students, the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR), and the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP). In addition, students are represented by the American Podiatric Medical Student's Association. Each school is also accredited by their respective state and/or regional accrediting association.
Schools in United StatesEdit
There are nine accredited podiatric medical schools in the United States.
The nine podiatric medical schools (all are accredited by the standards established by the CPME) in the U.S. are:
- Formerly California College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Samuel Merritt University in 2002
- Formerly Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Kent State University in 2012
- Formerly Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Temple University in 1998
- Formerly Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Rosalind Franklin University in 2001
There is one podiatric medical school in Canada based in Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) leading to the D.P.M. degree. It is not accredited by the CPME in the United States, but its curriculum is based on the standards established by the CPME and is approved and accredited by the Quebec Order of Podiatrists and L'Office des professions du Québec.
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- "About AACPM", AACPM
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- "Academic Plan 2007-2012", University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry