American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Students in their third and fourth year of podiatric medical training are typically required to participate in clinical sciences and patient care judgment.  (Visit the Podiatric Education section for more information on the curriculum for podiatric medicine programs.)  Clerkships expose students to all facets of podiatric medicine and surgery in the hospital, professional office, and clinical settings. 

The student clerk gains essential experience managing the care of patients and learning the roles and responsibilities of the DPM.  They also witness first-hand the DPMs interaction with other health-care professionals. 


Students participate in a three to four week rotation (40 hours per week) in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. They are expected to observe and participate in basic podiatric procedures as outlined in their clerkship and approved by their college or institution. 


How do clerkships work? Clerkships are approved by the Academic Council of each college that allows its third and fourth year students to participate.  Approved clerkships are requested to provide a schedule, goals, and objectives and/or a protocol procedure for each rotation. At least one DPM from the clerkship program must submit a CV for adjunct clinical faculty appointment. All programs must submit an evaluation sheet for each clerk and all clerks must complete an evaluation sheet for the program.