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programs of study

The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) offers a four-year professional program leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Combined DPM/ MPH and DPM/MBA programs are also available in conjunction with Temple University graduate programs. A combined DPM/PhD program in biomedical engineering is offered in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. In addition, a seven-year accelerated BS/DPM program is available in conjunction with 44 undergraduate colleges and universities.

During the first year, TUSPM students develop a solid foundation in the anatomical and physiological sciences, with studies highlighting microscopic and developmental anatomy, gross and lower extremity anatomy, neurosciences, bio-mechanics, physiology, biochemistry and fundamentals of podiatric medical practice. The second year focuses on microbiology and immunology, pathology, pharmacology, orthopedics, and surgery, as well as additional clinically related courses. The third and fourth years emphasize clinical experience with rotations that may include internal medicine, podiatric surgery, vascular medicine/surgery, primary podiatric medicine, anesthesia and radiology. Elective rotations may include infectious diseases, emergency medicine, endocrinology, orthopedics and diabetic wound care.

TUSPM graduates are accepted into the most prestigious residency programs across the country, serving either traditional or medically underserved populations. A number of our graduates complete their postgraduate training within the Temple University Health System. Over 85% of our graduates continue their training beyond the standard two-year program and gain acceptance into the Temple University or other three- or four-year surgical programs in podiatric medicine. The third and fourth years focus on rear foot reconstructive surgery. Once training is complete, most graduates pursue practice opportunities as a member of a podiatric medical, surgical, multi-disciplinary, or private practice. Others may seek to practice in government-sponsored programs.

Cost of study and Housing

For the 2010­11 academic year, the tuition for out-of-state students is $34,034; for residents of Pennsylvania, it is $30,896. We anticipate a modest 2 to 4% increase for the 2011 academic year. The 2010­11 cost of living, excluding tuition and fees, is estimated to be $18,220 per year for a single student. A housing complex containing 72 efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom with den apartments is located on campus. On-campus housing for married couples with children is also available. The Office of Student Affairs maintains a list of other convenient off-campus housing opportunities.

completion online at Admission is for the fall session only, except for advanced standing students. Requirements include a BS, BA, or 90 undergraduate credits, which must include six credit hours of English and eight credit hours each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics. All science courses must include a lab. Letters of evaluation are also required (two from health professionals, of which one must be a podiatric medical physician, and either one from a college pre-health advisory committee or two from science professors). All applications are considered incomplete until their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, or Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores have been received. Additionally, we invite you to apply for the School's free winter or summer internship programs, which are typically held the first week of January and June. for further information, please contact us at: Office of Student Affairs Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine 148 N. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-9928 phone: 215-625-5451 or 1-800-220-FEET e-mail: [email protected] web: Facebook:Temple Podiatry

postGraduate traininG

All podiatric medical school graduates complete a standard two-year residency program: one year of podiatric medicine and a second year focusing on fore-foot surgery.

Basic sciences to clinical experiences

Becoming a student at TUSPM is making a commitment to excellence in education from your first week in orientation through your graduation.

finanCial assistanCe

Financial assistance is available in the forms of loans, college work-study, and scholarships. TUSPM is dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of a podiatric medical school education. More than $850,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to students in all four classes. Of this amount, $500,000 is awarded to incoming students. Students seeking financial aid must complete the appropriate financial aid and loan applications. About 94 percent of TUSPM students receive some type of financial assistance. Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services for more information at 1-800-220-FEET.

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The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine participates in the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS), which allows students to complete a single set of application forms for admission to the nine colleges of podiatric medicine. An electronic web-enabled application is available for

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Redefining PodiatRic Medical education foR the 21st centuRy


temple university sCHool of podiatriC mediCine: redefining podiatriC mediCal eduCation for tHe 21st Century

At the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM), our mission is to educate highly qualified, ethical and professional podiatric physicians, and to advance our profession through research, quality patient care and community service. To that end, we stress early and extensive clinical education for our students. Because we are one of the few schools of podiatric medicine to be integrated with a major university with a comprehensive allopathic academic health center, our students have the unprecedented opportunity to train side by side with other Temple University physicians and health care professionals. Our third- and fourth-year students participate in rotations at the Temple University Health System, which allows for significant exposure to and training in trauma cases. Additionally, TUSPM students rotate through our Foot & Ankle Institute and hundreds of hospitals and clinical settings throughout the country. In preparation for this unparalleled clinical experience, our students have a curriculum that provides a foundation in the basic sciences that stresses the lower extremity's place in all of the body's physiological systems.

some unique qualities of tuspm:

· Access to the Clinical Simulation Center, which allows TU health professional students to learn from automated mannequin patients · Students gain valuable skills while rotating through the Diabetes Center of Excellence · With more than 50,000 patient visits per year, the Foot & Ankle Institute is the largest podiatric medical facility of its kind in the world · The Leonard S. Abrams, DPM Center for Advanced Wound Healing, a state-of-theart wound care center, especially for patients with diabetes and other vascular disease · The fully licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center allows patients to have foot and ankle surgery on-site without the time and cost of a hospital stay · The latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, including an extremity MRI and ultrasound therapies · The Gait Study Center is the most advanced facility of its kind in the United States, and offers ample opportunity for student research

· Our students consistently land the top residency programs in the country · Expert faculty members who are regularly cited as experts in the local and national media · Generous scholarship support · On-campus, full-body physical therapy practice allows students to gain valuable experience · Clinical Skills Lab that provides hands-on training in surgical techniques, as well as other clinical skills · Combined DPM/MPH, DPM/MBA and DPM/PhD degrees available · On-campus housing for students · Convenient and vibrant Center City location · Extensive extracurricular activities, including community service, sports, student government, student chapters of professional associations, charity-based groups and the yearbook · The largest podiatric medical library in the country · On-site counseling and support services · Access to all the resources of Temple University and its health system · 24-hour access to the state-of-the-art, 75,000-square foot Temple University TECH Center with more than 600 computer stations and 100 laptops field is a DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, also known as a podiatrist, and is recognized legally and professionally as an integral member of the health care team. In the health care system of today, it is important to focus on the whole patient, rather than an isolated medical problem. Podiatric medicine is no exception. Podiatric physicians don't treat feet; they treat patients. Serious problems of the foot or lower extremity can adversely affect the overall health and well-being of a patient. Conversely, a systemic disorder such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease may manifest itself first through potentially serious foot problems. These complex relationships demand a skilled practitioner, educated to detect and treat a variety of related diseases. There are many areas of specialty for the practicing podiatric physician, including: · · · · Orthopedics Wound care Sports medicine Pediatrics · · · · Geriatrics Dermatology Surgery Diabetes

WHat is a podiatriC pHysiCian?

Podiatric medicine is the branch of medicine concentrating on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems and diseases of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. A practitioner in this


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student affairs office phone 215-625-5451 or 800-220-FEET e-mail [email protected] web

Are you...

...considering a career in the health care profession? ...interested in becoming a medical professional trained to provide a variety of clinical services ranging from surgical interventions to primary care? ...interested in working with a diverse patient population, children through seniors? Would you like to be a specialist in sports medicine, surgery, orthopedics, medicine or pediatrics? If you answered YES to any of these questions, podiatric medicine may be the career for you!

To inquire about TUSPM's Internship Program, please call or write to: Internship Programs Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Office of Student Affairs 8th at Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 625-5451 or (800) 220-3338


Summer & Winter internShip programS

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...must have completed 30 credit hours at an undergraduate institution. ...must not have previously applied to a school of podiatric medicine. ...must complete and submit the following by April 30, 2010, for the summer program or November 19, 2010, for the winter program: · college transcript or grade report · resume · essay indicating why you are interested in a career in health care


Interns will have an opportunity to experience some of the highlights of historic Philadelphia with their student-doctor "big brother/big sister."

philadelphia area highlights include:

· Independence Mall historic area · internationally renowned museums and art galleries · world-famous orchestra · outstanding theaters and restaurants · sporting events · mountain and beach resort areas


...attend workshops and seminars on podiatric medicine. 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 · specialties in podiatric medicine, such as: ­ diabetes ­ sports injuries ­ geriatric conditions ­ pediatrics ­ wound healing ...shadow and work with podiatric physicians in hospital, private practice and outpatient clinic settings. with a TUSPM student-doctor throughout the internship on a case presentation.

· recommendation from a college faculty member indicating your interest in and aptitude for science and medicine, in a sealed, signed envelope · description of your activities and work experience that demonstrates interest in and aptitude for working with people (i.e., health care setting, community service, volunteer work, etc.) ­ ­ ­ ­ maximumofonetypedpageperitem pleaseincludeALLitemsinthe sameenvelope pleaseincludeyoure-mailaddress onyourresume pleaseprintandsubmitonlineapplication withapplicationmaterials

Submission of standardized exam, MCAT, DAT or GRE is optional. Housing will be provided: for the winter program at a local hotel within walking distance of campus, and on campus for the summer program. Interns are responsible for meals and miscellaneous costs. There will be a $100 reservation fee due upon acceptance into the internship program. This fee will be refunded upon completion of the program.


Why Choose Temple UniversiTy sChool of podiaTriC mediCine?

· Partofamajoruniversity,withacomprehensiveallopathichealth sciencescenterandmajorhealthcaresystem. · On-campusClinicalSkillsLabthatallowsforhands-ontrainingin surgicaltechniques. · Inthethirdyear,studentstreatpatientsattheschool'sFootand AnkleInstituteunderthesupervisionofexpertfaculty.Theinstitute hasmorethan50,000patientvisitsannually. · Usesstate-of-the-artdiagnosticandtreatmentequipment, includingmagneticresonanceimagingdesignedspecificallyforthe lowerextremity. · TheDiabetesCenterforExcellenceisaleadingedge,4,000-squarefootfacilityprovidingadditionalopportunitiestotreatpatients. · TheFootandAnkleInstituteincludestheLeonardS.Abrams,DPM, CenterforAdvancedWoundHealing. · Itistheonlyschoolofpodiatricmedicinewithafullycertified AmbulatorySurgicalCenteroncampus. · Combineddegreeprogramsavailableinbiomedicalengineering, businessadministrationandpublichealth. · SchoolwithinauniversitythathascampusesinRome,Japan, London,Athens,TelAviv,ChinaandKorea. · UseofallTempleUniversityfacilities,servicesandactivities, includinglibraries,computerlabs,andsportingandculturalevents. · Facultymemberswhoareregularlyquotedinlocalandnational mediaasexpertsintheirfields. · ThelargestpodiatricmedicallibraryintheU. S. · Studentsareregularlyplacedinthetopnationalresidencyprograms. · AllTUSPMalumnihaveaccesstojobplacementservices. · Availableon-campushousing.

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phone 215-625-5451or800-220-FEET e-mail [email protected] web

Additional Educational Opportunities at TUSPM · Joint DPM/PhD programs in biomedical engineering or biomedical sciences with the University of Pennsylvania or Drexel University · Joint DPM/MPH and DPM/MBA programs with Temple University Income Expectations as a Podiatric Physician · Most recent survey by APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) in 2008 yielded the following data: Average Income of Podiatric Physicians Working Full Time

Years in Practice 1 to 2 years 3 to 5 years 6 to 9 years 10 to 15 years 16 to 30 years 30+ years Average Net Income $ 63,000 $105,000 $127,000 $143,000 $157,000 $145,000


Admissions Process · Submit application to our centralized service, AACPMAS, at Contact AACPMAS at 800-922-9266 with any questions. · Application cycle begins August 2010, and the deadline is June 30, 2011. Priority consideration deadline is April 1, 2011. · Requirements o Transcripts: Official transcripts of all completed coursework. Transcripts need to be sent to the AACPMAS for verification. o Letters of Recommendation: two letters of evaluation from science faculty, or one pre-professional committee letter and two letters from health professionals, including one from a podiatric physician (DPM) o MCAT, DAT or GRE o Personal interview is required. TUSPM conducts interviews twice a week, during which applicants receive a tour of the college and interact with students. Academic Requirements · Minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate education with credits in general or inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics (all must be 8 semester hours and include lab), as well as 6 credit hours of English · Additional recommended, but not required courses are anatomy, embryology, histology, evolution, cell biology, genetics and physiology

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions/Facts and Figures

Overview of Class of 2014 · 576 applicants for 110 seats · 368 applicants invited to interview, 204 accepted · 78% majored in biology, 13% majored in other sciences · Mean cumulative GPA 3.3 and mean science GPA 3.15 · Mean cumulative MCAT 23.5, GRE combined score of 1120, and DAT academic average of 18 · Average age 23.7, students ranging 20 ­38 years · 46% female and 54% male · 44% self-identify as minority students · 54% from Northeast, 22% Southeast, 2% Southwest, 9% Central and 13% West Factors Considered When Interviewing a Prospective Student · Competitiveness of undergraduate institution · Levels of difficulty of classes taken · Course loads taken each semester · Extracurricular activities performed during academic year · Part- or full-time employment while enrolled · Academic improvement over the course of four years of study · Previous exposure to and experience in the podiatric medical profession Costs to Attend TUSPM · In-state tuition: $30,896 · Out-of-state tuition: $34,034 · Average cost of living for first- and second-year students: $18,200 · Average cost of living for third- and fourth-year students: $19,500

Financing Your Education · 89% of TUSPM's students receive financial aid · Three basic types of financial aid: o Loans, such as federal Direct Student Loans and Direct Graduate Plus Loans, Health Professions Student Loans, federal Perkins Loans and Medfunds o Scholarships based on academic performance, financial need and/or community service · More than 60 scholarships available annually to current students · Approximately $550,000 awarded in merit scholarships, with limited renewal, for incoming students based on undergraduate academic achievement o Federal Work Study is part-time employment for students with financial need Housing · On-campus apartment complex with 72 furnished units · Housing Office assists with locating off-campus housing: Research Opportunities · Current faculty and student research areas in peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy in diabetes, wound healing, techniques of bone fixation, various aspects of gait analysis and research in basic biomedical sciences Residency Availability for TUSPM Graduates · 100% successful placement for past five classes of graduates desiring residency or other postgraduate training · Residency locations in 35 contiguous states · Numerous residency opportunities as part of the Temple University Health System


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