KSUCPM Announces Potential International Diabetic Foot Clerkship Opportunity for Students

San Donato Hospital in Arezzo, Italy

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) prides itself on offering its students and alumni unique educational opportunities, near and far, in order to equip them with the skills to live their ambition and shape the future of our profession. Now, with the hope of alumni engagement and fundraising, KSUCPM will be able to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a Diabetic Foot Clerkship at the San Donato Hospital in Arezzo, Italy. This incredible clerkship, once funded, will be the first international clerkship for any college of podiatric medicine.

Interested CPM students will participate in a one-month clinical clerkship in the Diabetic Foot clinic at San Donato Hospital in Arezzo Italy. During these clinical experiences, students will be scheduled to work a 40-hour week, gaining first-hand inter-professional education through structured multidisciplinary collaborations. The program will expose the student to a form of system-based healthcare that is entirely different than that of the United States.

It is with trust and confidence that CPM places its students in the hands of the faculty at San Donato Hospital, as their partnership is one that has enhanced CPM educational experiences in years prior. This May, the College will host its 2019 Foot & Ankle Renaissance, a continuing medical education program conducted at Kent State University’s Florence Campus, which has grown over the past three years and often partners with the faculty of San Donato.

During the Arezzo Clerkship, students will experience both inpatient and outpatient activities, surgical interventions, and noninvasive vascular testing including vascular ultrasound, vascular imaging, and endovascular surgery. Clinical exposure will be augmented by case discussions and lectures by diabetes specialists on topics including the diabetic foot, complications, infectious disease, musculoskeletal imaging, and vascular surgery.

The Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine is currently seeking support for this one-of-a-kind international clerkship through donations to a scholarship for eligible students selected to participate in the amount of $3000 per student. These imperative funds will serve to cover both housing and travel-related costs, allowing our students to focus on living their ambition for the betterment of podiatry. 


  • Must be in good academic standing with no deficiencies at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.
  • Must submit an application to participate in the Arezzo Diabetic Foot Clerkship Program. An interview may also be required by college administration and faculty.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.
  • All travel living in additional insurance expenses are covered by the student.
  • Must purchase medical travel and medical evacuation insurance.
  • No health-related or other contraindications to international travel.
  • Must have completed satisfactorily drug test
  • Must be up to date on all required healthcare immunizations.



  • Students will be required to provide a log of the patients and types of pathology that were seen during throughout the clerkship program.
  • Students will be evaluated in writing by the faculty and director at San Donato hospital.
  • Upon return, students will be required to provide a case presentation and written case report for submission.



POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 2:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:48am