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Student Organizations

Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association (OPMSA)

The Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association serves as the governing branch of the student organizations and student body at KSUCPM. It is an affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Student Association (APMSA) and the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA). OPMSA is led by a president, president-elect, and executive board, which coordinates all facets of student activities, including local and national affairs, business administration, clinic management, public information, and extracurricular activities. Each year, OPMSA coordinates for the student body a lecture series, annual symposium, social events, sporting events, a short-term emergency loan fund, as well as a quarterly newsletter and annual yearbook. On a national level, OPMSA represents the students in all academic and national affairs concerning the profession of podiatric medicine and podiatric medical education.

American Association of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM)

This organization provides students with the information and skills necessary to manage a successful podiatric practice.

American Association of Women in Podiatry (AAWP)

AAWP provides support and an informational network which address the special needs of women podiatry students. Membership is open to all students. The group provides guest speakers including local members of the profession. This organization participates weekly at the Free Clinic and Battered Women's Shelter and co-sponsors the Spring Scientific Seminar. The group is affiliated with the national organization.

American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

ACFAOM is an education, research, and advocacy organization that promotes understanding of the valuable services rendered by podiatrists who devote most of their practice to podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine. The mission of ACFAOM is to sustain an environment conducive to the pursuit of excellence in podiatric orthopedics and primary care by education, research, and augmenting the productivity, image, and stature of its members.

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)

This organization provides opportunities for students to gain more information and exposure to the aspects of surgery. Activities include various special labs and guest lecturers.

Jewish Podiatric Medical Student Association (JPMSA)

This organization provides students with the opportunity to learn about Jewish scholarships in medicine, to stimulate fellowship between all the different denominations of Jewish students, and to organize social events for students.

Podiatric Association for Diabetes (PAD)

The objective of this club is to enhance podiatric medical education by providing seminars in diabetic care and management of diet and weight control. PAD also works with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to educate the community on diabetes, to provide early prevention and intervention of diabetic complications, as well as to provide additional practice in treatment of diabetes.

Sports Medicine Club

The Sports Medicine Club's objective is to promote interest and knowledge in the field of sports medicine and the role that podiatric medicine plays in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. Throughout the year, the club sponsors several lectures, seminars, and workshops on podiatric sports medicine and is active in providing podiatric medical care at various athletic events in the Cleveland area. The club also provides opportunities where students can observe podiatric sports medicine in various settings.

Student National Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA)

The Ohio Chapter of the Student National Podiatric Medical Association represents interests of minority students, including American Indians, Blacks, Asians, and Spanish surname students. SNPMA works toward disseminating information regarding podiatric recruitment and retention of qualified ethnic minority students at CPM. SNPMA provides information regarding podiatric ethnic minority health organizations.


CPM fraternities provide students with an avenue for broadening their scope of podiatric medical knowledge through a series of lectures and practical demonstrations offered during the year. Kappa Tau Epsilon (KTE) Kappa Tau Epsilon provides special lectures and programs for podiatric medical students. The fraternity sponsors many outside activities, both social and professional, to provide as many experiences for its members as possible.

Pi Delta National Honor Society

Pi Delta National Honor Society — Beta Chapter Pi Delta is the National Podiatric Honor Society demonstrating high standards of intellectual and scholarly activity. A student may become a candidate for active membership in the Pi Delta Honor Society and participate in chapter activities and meetings who:

  • Has a grade point average of at least 90 percent (3.6/4.0) or its equivalent.
  • Is in the top 20 percent of his/her class.
  • Has completed a minimum of two years of scholastic work applicable toward the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.
  • Possesses an aptitude for achievement in the art and science of podiatric medicine.
  • Possesses high moral character.
  • Demonstrates leadership ability.

Active membership may be granted after the second year to the podiatric medical student who:

  • Has a grade point average of at least 90 percent (3.6/4.0) or its equivalent.
  • Has completed a suitable scholarly activity as determined by the Pi Delta advisor at the institution in which the student is enrolled. The possibilities include:
    • Preparation of a paper suitable for publication. The format of the paper is to be designated by the individual college.
    • Active involvement in a research project that includes a written description by the student of his/her participation in the project and verification of participation by the principal investigator.
    • Completion of an oral or poster presentation at a national, state, local or institutional meeting.
  • Possesses an aptitude for achievement in the art and science of podiatric medicine.
  • Possesses high moral character.
  • Demonstrates leadership ability.

For questions contact the Office of Student Affairs.


The Occopodian is the yearbook of CPM. It is edited and staffed by students who volunteer their time and energy to publish the yearbook and manage its finances. The yearbook is a historical compendium of the classes, clinics, administration, organizations, and activities of the academic year. New students are encouraged to join the staff. The Occopodian has a long tradition of quality and pride in its publication.


CPM sponsors a number of athletic endeavors dependent upon the desires of the student body. In addition, many organizations sponsor special athletic competitions, including golf, volleyball, three on three basketball tournaments and softball. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.


The mission of the Men's and Women's Basketball teams is to provide a vehicle for student camaraderie, athletic competition and to bring positive recognition to the College of Podiatric Medicine. Each team participates in the APMSA Basketball tournament each spring, competing against teams from the other podiatric medical schools. Try-outs for the teams are held each fall.


This organization is open to all students of any skill level who enjoy and are interested in playing soccer. The team plays in an indoor soccer league during the fall and winter.

Alcohol Policy for Student Organizations

There will be NO ALCOHOL served on campus at student-sponsored organizational events.

KSUCPM students will be permitted to have alcohol served at an off-campus location during a student or organizational event.

These alcohol-related events are never college-sponsored. References to an alcohol-related event cannot be advertised nor promoted as part of the event. The event must have a designated third party serving the alcohol on a "pay-per drink" basis. Drinks cannot be absorbed nor hidden within an admission or ticket fee.

By state law, such alcohol-related events require the securing of an "F-Permit" thirty days prior to the event through approval by Kent State Campus Life administrators and related sanctions.

CPM student organizations are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs for approval of events to ensure all requisite compliance with Kent State University and CPM guidelines.