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Podiatric Medicine as a Career

Podiatric medical schools require a minimum of 90 credits prior to matriculation, and 97% of all admitted students have their bachelor’s degree. Students complete a four-year DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) program and then three years of residency training. For more information, see Explore Health Podiatric Medicine Overview and Podiatrist (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)

  • The Pre-Health Advisor serves as a supplementary advisor to the students’ primary (major) advisor, and assists students by offering guidance in selecting appropriate courses, connecting with resources both on and off campus, ensuring that they are on track with their career goals, and addressing questions and concerns.

  • Choose a college major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about medicine. Common majors include biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, exercise science, psychology, nutrition, etc.

  • Get significant DPM shadowing and clinical experience and maintain a log (Professional Development Activities Log). Find out firsthand what the profession is like, decide if it is right for you, explore different areas of the field and in different settings, and be sure to meet clinical experience requirements of your preferred schools.
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, health care professionals, and others who will be writing letters of reference
  • Join the U of I Premed Club and get involved in extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer activities
  • Complete the University of Utah Med School Self Assessment to assist in developing your resume.

Pre-Health Professions Program

Physical Address:

Vandal Success Center
Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd floor

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: 208-885-5809