“A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot disorders, diseases and injuries. A DPM makes independent judgments and performs or orders all necessary diagnostic tests. They perform surgery; administer medications, including DEA-restricted medications; and prescribe physical therapy regimens.
DPMs often detect serious health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed, because a number of diseases manifest first through symptoms of the lower extremities (i.e., diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or kidney disease). Podiatric physicians are educated in state-of-the-art techniques involving surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.” (source: Explore Health Careers)
Learning More About Podiatry
For more specific information on the practice of podiatric medicine or podiatric education, please visit the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) websites.
Admissions Test (MCAT)
Podiatric medical applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For information about the MCAT exam, please visit the AAMC Official MCAT website and the PreHealth MCAT Website.