Students are welcome to pursue any major on the path to podiatry school. While schools require candidates to complete certain prerequisite courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, students are encouraged to pursue additional courses in subjects of their choice.
Podiatric medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and surgical, physical, mechanical, and medical treatment of the foot and ankle. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine can treat a variety of ailments, from bunions to reconstructive ankle surgery. The College of Podiatric Medicine joined Kent State University in the summer of 2012. Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) has grown throughout the years to become one of the most highly-reputable, internationally respected medical institutions in the world. From the college’s cutting-edge and advanced technologies, to innovative laboratories and classrooms, KSUCPM offers students a superior, modern, educational environment. In addition to the KSUCPM, there are eight other podiatric medical colleges in the United States.
Is this career right for you?
- Do you excel in science and enjoy the study of anatomy/physiology?
- Do you enjoy approaching complex problems and researching solutions?
- Do you feel confident in a leadership position as well as working in a team?
- Do you feel comfortable communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives?
- Meet with your academic advisor prior to the start of your first semester to discuss your math and science placement, as well as building your first semester schedule. This discussion should occur at Destination Kent State. If you do not participate in this program, you will want to schedule a separate appointment.
- Focus on your grades; seek out tutoring or supplemental instruction when needed.
- Join clubs and organizations on campus.
- Attend any introductory pre-health or pre-medicine workshops or events held by departments.
- Meet regularly with your professional and/or faculty advisor(s) in order to verify that you are staying on track with necessary prerequisite coursework; discuss specific pre-health advising questions with your faculty advisor.
- Build a strong relationship not only with your faculty/pre-health advisor, but with other faculty members in your department; consider seeking undergraduate research opportunities with these individuals.
- Continue to pursue strong grades in your courses.
- Seek out volunteer opportunities within the community.
- Begin to shadow physicians and make professional connections in the medical field.
- Pursue leadership opportunities within the clubs/organizations you participate.
- Continue to meet with your faculty/pre-health advisor at least once a semester to plan your degree progress and verify that you are completing all necessary medical school prerequisites.
- Verify that your coursework matches the desired prerequisite coursework for the schools you wish to attend; add additional courses as needed.
- Build shadowing experience; also attempt to gain experience working directly with patients, either in a work or volunteer setting.
- Apply to participate in a pre-medicine committee review, if applicable.
- Identify individuals to ask for letters of recommendation; these should come from faculty, pre-health advisor(s) and physicians familiar with your work ethic/ability.
- Continue to seek leadership positions in clubs/organizations on campus, as well as volunteering in your community.
- Schedule to take the MCAT early in the summer you plan to apply.
- Begin submitting application materials in August/September.