Podiatry

Podiatry

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES?

In making decisions about admissions, podiatry schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or higher.  A science and cumulative GPA > 3.0 and an MCAT >490 are competitive scores for admission.  

It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*

Biology BIO 150, 227 and anatomy/physiology (BIO 243 or 247 or 261)
Chemistry 1 year Gen Chem w. lab (CHEM 125 & 126 OR CH/BI 125 & 126 OR CHEM 121, 123, and 126)

1 year Org Chem w. Lab (CHEM 247 & 248)

1 sem Biochem (CHEM 379) (pre-req for MCAT)

Physics 1 year Gen Physics with lab (PHYS 124 & 125)
Math & Stats Calculus (MATH 119 or 120) (pre-req for Gen Chem)

Statistics – (STAT 212) (pre-req for MCAT)

Social Science PSYCH 125 & a semester of sociology (pre-reqs for MCAT)
Recommended BIO 233, medical terminology (BIO 291), English (one composition course and one literature course)

 

Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)

WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Kevin Crisp (Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of the Health Professions Committee)

Office: RNS 220   Phone: 507-786-3981 Email: crisp@stolaf.edu

WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*

  • Shadowing: Paid or volunteer experience in which there is significant observation of a podiatrist (e.g., shadowing) is required.
  • Volunteering:  It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Podiatry schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
  • Internship(s): It is recommended that you gain experience in the field through interning at a medical clinic, a department of health, a community clinic, etc.
  • Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience. You do not have to find a research opportunity that is related to podiatry.
  • Post-baccalaureate Experience: Many podiatry students have had employment experience between college and podiatry school, often holding positions within healthcare; the average age of admission is 24.

WHAT DO PODIATRISTS ACTUALLY DO?

Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A doctor of podiatric medicine is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth or an ophthalmologist to the eye—a specialist who has undergone lengthy, thorough study to become qualified to treat a specific part of the body.

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) makes independent judgments and performs or orders all necessary diagnostic tests. They perform surgery, administer medications and prescribe physical therapy regimens. Podiatric physicians are educated in state-of-the-art techniques involving surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body, which means that it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Podiatrists often detect serious health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed, because a number of diseases manifest first through symptoms of the lower extremities (i.e., diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or kidney disease).

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?

Study Abroad: Yes –  you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.

Student organizations:

Full list

Alpha Epsilon Delta: Preprofessional Health Honor Society

Pre-health Professionals Club

Pre-health Moodle site

Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to podiatric school.

 

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