As a student in the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine, you will build your career as a podiatrist through a challenging and rewarding four-year program focusing on innovative instructional and learning techniques. With the advantage of Midwestern University's multidisciplinary environment, you can rely on a wealth of medical and practical knowledge and skills to aid you as you develop your skills as an ethical, compassionate, and sensitive patient-centered professional. We will help you be ready to take your place on tomorrow's healthcare team!

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Degree

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.75
  • Competitive MCAT score

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size

30

2019 Class Profile

  • Female: 27%
  • Male: 73%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.59
  • Class Size: 30
  • Top Home States: Arizona , Utah, California

Board Examination Pass Rate (2013-2015)

Part I APMLE Pass Rate 2013-2015 (first-time test takers)  89%

Part II APMLE Pass Rate 2013-2015 (first- time test takers)  87%

Part II APMLE CSPE Pass Rate 2014 (first time test takers):  97%

Four Year Graduation Rate (2014-2016 average)  86%*

Residency Placement Rate (2014-2016 average):  98%1**

*The Class of 2016 had a 93% four year graduation rate. 1 student withdrew, 1 student took a leave of absence and is now a member of a later class an3 4 students from previous classes graduated with the Class of 2016.

**Residency Placement Details:  There were 83 eligible graduates and 81 graduates were placed in residency programs.

Career Opportunities

  • Treatment, screening, education, referral, consultation, wellness promotion and prevention
  • Athletes, elderly, children, diabetic patients, and others with chronic diseases

Career Placements

Although no guarantee of a specific placement can be given, podiatrists practice in a variety of settings, including:2

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Orthopedic and sports medicine clinics
  • Rehabilitation hospitals and clinics
  • Community education
  • Managed care
  • VA and IHS facilities
  • Military
  • Nursing homes
  • Industry
  • Research

US Employment Projections through 2014

Employment of podiatrists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.3,4

Median & Average Salary (2015)

Median Salary - $185,0005
Average Salary - $211,7235

References

 1Information obtained from Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR)

2http://www.aacpm.org/html/careerzone/career_practice.asp

3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/Podiatrists.htm

4The Impact of the Aging Population on the Health Workforce in the United States: Summary of Key Findings, The University of Albany, March 2006.

5Information obtained at www.acfas.org/compensation from American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2015 Practice Survey.

Admission Requirements

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To be considered for admission to AZPod, the successful candidate must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Ability to successfully complete a rigorous curriculum which requires critical thinking skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and voluminous reading, as well as the capacity for responsible, self-directed learning.
  3. Competitive scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
  4. Completion of the necessary course prerequisites. The candidate must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours at regionally accredited colleges or universities. A bachelor's degree or higher is preferred.
  5. Letters of Recommendation are not required but will be accepted.
  6. A good understanding of podiatric medicine and a sincere interest in a career in the field. Candidates will not be accepted if they have not visited at least one podiatric practice.
  7. Demonstration of extracurricular or community activities that indicate a well-rounded background and demonstrate a service orientation.
  8. Medically-related experiences that indicate sufficient exposure to allow an informed decision about medical careers.
  9. Personal integrity and sound moral character.
  10. Interpersonal and communication skills necessary to relate effectively with others.
  11. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  12. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

Application Deadline

Students must apply for admission via the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS). The deadline for the AACPMAS application is June 1st. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description

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Podiatric Medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, diseases and injuries. The growing demand for high quality care of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg is driven in large measure by the critical role of podiatrists in sports medicine, in diabetic foot care, and in the care of the geriatric population. The profession requires four years of rigorous study at an accredited podiatric medical school/college after four years of pre-medical education. Podiatric medicine as a career opportunity provides outstanding quality-of-life benefits for practitioners. Podiatrists experience the education of a medical specialist, the variety of a general practitioner, and the freedom of an entrepreneur.

The Midwestern University (MWU) Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (AZPod) is a 4-year program whose core curriculum is similar to that of other medical schools. Courses in the clinical sciences are integrated with basic science courses during the first two years of the curriculum.  Clinical courses continue through the summer and part of the fall quarter of the third year.  All basic science courses and some clinical courses are shared with osteopathic medical students.  Part time clinical training occurs in the second year.  Full time clinical training occupies eight months of the third year and all of the fourth year.  The overall goal of the School is to prepare the finest possible podiatric physicians for entry into residency training.

Second, third, and fourth year students complete clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. During these rotations, they learn how to take general and podiatric histories, perform routine physical examinations, interpret tests and imaging, make diagnoses, and perform therapeutic procedures. The only podiatric medical school in the Southwest, Midwestern University's program offers innovative instructional and learning techniques and takes full advantage of the abundant resources available on the campus and in the community. Students are taught fundamental skills early in the curriculum, which allows them to benefit more fully from an early introduction to patient care. Many elective rotations are available to podiatric medical students attending Midwestern University.

The integration of podiatry with the other health sciences disciplines at Midwestern University more fully prepares graduates to function effectively in the increasingly multidisciplinary care patterns of the future. Through the rigorous curriculum at Midwestern University, podiatry students gain the requisite medical knowledge and practical skills necessary to excel in residency and practice. Through an extensive program of community service, AZPod students develop an appreciation for the importance of ethics and professionalism in combination with compassion and cultural sensitivity.

Planned Program Improvements

Continued expansion of affiliated residency programs is ongoing.

Mission

The mission of the Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine is to prepare quality students to enter residency through rigorous education and training, and to exceed professional standards.  

Vision

The vision of the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine is to demonstrate excellence in podiatric medical education. We strive to cultivate diversity and promote professionalism in an interdisciplinary environment through exemplary:

  • Curriculum
  • Service to community
  • Scholarly activity
  • Patient care
  • Post doctoral education

Accreditation

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The Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the podiatric medical education program and the continued commitment of the institution to support the educational program. The council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the U.S. Department of Education and by the council for Higher Education Accreditation. For further information, please contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at the following address:  Council on Podiatric Medical Education, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD  20814, (301)571-9200.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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