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​​​​​​​​Description​A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is the health professional who deals with the examination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders affecting the foot and lower leg.  DPMs share with other physicians the legal authority to make independent professional judgments and to administer medical and surgical treatment.
​Degree ​DPM
​Program Length​4 Years
​Professional Schools’ Organization​AACPM (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine)
​Application Service​AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service)
​Academic Admission Requirements​One year each: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Math (through calculus), Physics, English.
​Admission Exam ​MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
​Personal Attributes & Experiences​Similar to medicine.  Knowledge and commitment to podiatric medicine gained through experience or shadowing a practicing podiatrist.
​Recommendation Letters​Health Professions Committee letter and a letter of recommendation from a practicing podiatrist.