A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth, or an ophthalmologist to the eye --a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A DPM makes independent judgments, prescribes medications and performs surgery. 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. Since the podiatric physician is often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders, he or she becomes a vital and sometimes lifesaving link in the health care team.**
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Taking advanced science coures can be beneficial to your knowledge and application. Consider taking one or more of the following courses, only if you are confident you can do well.
- BIO 310: Cell Biology
- BIO 315: Microbiology
- BIO 320: Genetics
- BIO 328: Mammalian Physiology
- BIO 361: Biochemistry
ANP: 300 Human Anatomy
Important Podiatric Medicine Links and Resources
- Podiatric Practice: What does a DPM do?
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
- AACPMAS: AACPM Application Service
- Committee Letter Process
- Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
**Information taken from American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM): http://www.aacpm.org/html/careerzone/cz3_faqs.asp