In addition to grades and standardized tests, research opportunities and volunteer experience with patients add dimension to your application. It is essential to shadow a podiatrist/volunteer to gain some real exposure to the field of podiatric medicine. Students are encouraged to shadow podiatrists in different practice settings (i.e. solo private practice, group, academic, etc.) to explore options. These experiences are extremely important.
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine provides a list of mentors for different states who can provide support and a perspective on the field.
Summer or Winter Internship Program at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine invites you to apply for its free, four-day winter internship program (WIP) or eight-day summer internship program (SIP) which takes place each year in January and June. Interns will attend workshops and seminars on podiatric medicine, as well as shadow and work with podiatric physicians in hospital, private practice, and outpatient clinic settings. A TUSPM student doctor will also work with interns on a case presentation. Topics include: gross anatomy of the foot and ankle; introduction to podiatric medicine; biomechanics and pathomechanics of the foot and ankle; foot screening and evaluation; diabetes; sports injuries; geriatric conditions; pediatrics; and wound healing.