Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Foot and ankle physician and Surgeon

A D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) or Foot and Ankle Physician/Surgeon is a physician focused on the diagnosis and surgical, physical, mechanical, and medical treatment of foot and ankle.  A Foot and Ankle Physician can specialize in a variety of areas, including sports medicine, surgery, diabetic wound care, dermatology, radiology, pediatrics, and more. A DPM may work in a variety of settings  They work in a variety of settings including private practices, clinics, hospitals, and educational environments.

View the video below to learn more about today's foot and ankle surgeon. Video courtesy of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


Profession Salary and Working Environment

Adding to the profession's demand, podiatric medicine touts desirable salaries and a flexible lifestyle. The average salary (2018) of a foot and ankle physician is roughly $197,000. In addition, podiatry's working conditions in comparison to other medical specialties offer more options in practice structure. This gives both those seeking an engaging, always-on-call atmosphere in a hospital emergency room and those looking for a more laid-back, family-friendly schedule the opportunity to each thrive in their respective workplaces.

Kent State University college of podiatric Medicine

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine is solely focused on educating students to become Foot and Ankle Physicians/Surgeons. Our program is tailored to the podiatric medical student. Every resource, classroom, and lab has been designed with the podiatric medical student in mind. Our college is preparing the next generation of specialized professionals, empowered with the knowledge and skills, dedication and heart to heal patients and advance our profession.

We are a close-knit, dedicated learning community with one goal: Everyone – administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students- is here to help our students succeed. Our college is working to be the leading edge of modern podiatric medicine – evolving the profession and promoting changes in perceptions, instruction and practice. From the college's cutting-edge and advanced technology, to innovative laboratories and classrooms, the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine offers students a superior, modern, educational environment.

Apply now

KSUCPM is still accepting applicants for the Class of 2029. A limited number of seats are still available. We are seeking dedicated candidates who have a desire to build long-term relationships with patients while treating them in the clinic and operating room. June 30, 2019 is the deadline to apply. Apply here.


Do you want to know more? Our Admissions Team can review your candidacy, and provide recommendations for shadowing experiences near you. Call us at 216-916-7485 or e-mail us at