Podiatric and General Medicine | Kent State University

Podiatric and General Medicine

Digital X-rayThe Division of Podiatric and General Medicine provides teaching and instruction of patient care of the lower extremity with an emphasis placed on the diabetic patient.  Curriculum also focuses on an overall goal of physicians providing diagnosis and treatment of the human body. Courses include:

  • Medical Ethics, a focused curriculum of ethical analysis, applying ethical reasoning to clinical cases, and the promotion of ethical responsibilities of a doctor to his/her patient
  • Principles of Medical Research, a course that provides a framework for the development of an evidence-based methodology to patient care
  • Podiatric Medical Practice Seminar, curriculum focused on strategies to help students acclimate to the challenges of being a medical student, with emphasis on lifestyle improvement skills like positive mental attitude, study strategies, time and stress management skills, and organization, along with core focus skills like communication, patient compliance, dealing with conflicts, concepts of efficiency, and practice model options
  • Lower Extremity Assessment and Diagnosis, a comprehensive approach to physical examination, which combines the patient's symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis of disease and treatment
  • Introduction to Medical Imaging, the study of performing and interpreting radiologic studies of the foot and ankle via x-ray equipment
  • Podiatric Medicine, full spectrum of pathology including infectious disease, wound care, rheumatology, vascular medicine, and the diabetic foot
  • Radiology/Medical Imaging, a course encompassing the fundamentals of modern musculoskeletal imaging, with emphasis on the foot and ankle
  • Podiatric Medical Skills, a practical course which includes strapping and padding, instrument dexterity, local anesthetic injection, nail avulsion techniques, Doppler exam, diabetic shoe fittings, casting techniques, and application of bandages and splints
  • Public Health Jurisprudence, a course that presents issues to the practicing podiatrist which include public healthcare in America, disease prevention and control, environmental effects on health disease, substance abuse, occupational medicine, medical jurisprudence, etc.
  • Business Administration, a course designed to teach the podiatric student the complete scope of business issues necessary to prepare the student to compete in a changing medical marketplace
  • Physical Assessment and Diagnosis, which focuses on total body examination using the traditional processes of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation
  • Neurology, which is a comprehensive study of the diagnosis and treatment of the neurologic diseases
  • Dermatology, the treatment and management of dermatologic disorders
  • General Medicine, recognition and treatment of medical problems with organ systems such as renal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, endocrine, digestive, etc. and their relationship to podiatric medicine
  • Behavioral Medicine, a concentration in the area of mood and anxiety disorders, alcoholism, substance abuse, psychoses, and pain management
  • Women's Health, covering the unique areas to women including pregnancy, contraception, infertility, cardiovascular, health, osteoporosis, and menopause