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Prep Materials & Application Process

Fall semester before you apply

  • Research Podiatric Medical Schools: The Association of American Podiatric Medical Colleges (AAPMC) - a nationally recognized education association that serves as a resource to students, residents and practitioners by providing direct access to academic institutions; highlighting opportunities for clerkships and residencies; and linking students to mentors that guide their career development.

  • DPM Mentor Network - this network is designed to match you with a podiatric physician who practices near you, and will take the time to show you how they practice medicine, introduce you to the team of healthcare practitioners with whom they work, and answer your questions about the profession.

  • Make a list of your activities (employment, internships, volunteer, etc.) outside of class:
    • hours, dates, locations, contacts
    • what your role was, what you learned

  • Identify possible faculty for letters of recommendation

Spring semester before you apply

  • Study for the MCAT: Podiatric medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

  • Write personal statement: For tips or assistance on writing your application essay, please make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center.

  • Request letters of recommendation: Schools vary in their letter of recommendation requirements. Please check with individual schools. Most will generally require 2 letters from science faculty, 1 letter from non-science faculty, and 1 non-academic letter.

Summer that you apply

  1. Complete the AACPMAS:
    AACPMAS, the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine's application service.
    The centralized application includes:
    • Biographical Information
    • Coursework & Transcripts
    • Personal Statement
    • Work & Volunteer Experiences
    • Letters of Recommendation
  2. Complete school-specific secondaries: Podiatriv medical schools require a secondary application unique to each school. We recommend returning the secondaries two weeks after you receive them.

  3. Interview Preparation: Applicant finalists will be asked to participate in interviews. For help preparing for interviews, please make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center.