completion of four years of graduate professional education, podiatric medical
graduates participate in post-graduate education and training opportunities.
Post-graduate training provides an orderly progression from student doctor to
competent, independent clinician. Residency programs expose the podiatric
medical graduate to structured learning environments and experiences in general
medical patient management along with training in the diagnosis and care of
podiatric pathology. Similar to other medical specialties, this training
process occurs in teaching hospitals or academic health centers throughout the
country. There is
one type of podiatric residency program generally
requiring three to four years of training.
Approval by the
Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) of
the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
is the recognition accorded a podiatric residency program that meets the
educational standards established by the profession. The primary purpose of
approval is to promote and assure high quality education and continuous
improvement in educational programs.
As additional resources, the relevant
documents of the Council of Podiatric Medical Education are as follows:
An article from AACPM discussing the current residency shortage:
An article from Dr. Edwin Wolf, AACPM’s National Residency
Facilitator, discussing the current residency shortage:
For further information or questions about these documents,
contact us at the Office of Graduate Services, AACPM.