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The field of podiatry has changed dramatically. Podiatric medicine is exciting and benefits people in ways you’ve never imagined. A podiatric physician can help prevent amputations while saving limbs and lives. By the time you graduate, you will be able to apply the cutting edge technology of living cell and gene therapy to the field of diabetic wound healing. Imagine how you’ll feel seeing someone walk again because of you. Or just as exciting, working with athletes to maintain their full potential by treating and preventing sports injuries. Podiatric medicine opens doors to research and participation in clinical trials for novel treatments and technologies. Whether you open up your own practice after graduation, participate in research, government consulting or join the pharmaceutical field, podiatric medicine is a diverse and financially rewarding medical career choice.
Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS Ed Interim Dean, Professor of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics Western University of Health Sciences  Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS Ed, has a wealth of experience and has served as a professor in colleges of Podiatric Medicine and a Clinical Residency educator for the greater portion of his 40 year career in education.  He has also held prominent positions such as Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM), Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine/Biomechanics/Orthopaedics and acting chair for the Department of Surgery from 1987 – 1989 and Professor and Department Chair of Podiatric Medicine and Biomechanics at the California College of Podiatric Medicine from 1977 – 1987.  Most recently, he served as Associate Chief of Staff for Quality Assurance, Department Chair/Chief of Podiatric Surgery and the DVA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (DVA- GLA), where he became a Clinical Professor in the Division of General Surgery/Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Here he was responsible for the development of a fully integrated Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Training Program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System DVA-GLA and Olive View/UCLA Medical Center. Dr.  Jones is Chief of the Division of Podiatric Surgery at Olive View/ UCLA Medical Center, which serves as one of the primary teaching affiliated hospitals that provides clinical educational resources for 3rd and 4th year students of WesternU CPM.  In service to the profession of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Jones has served the community on a state-wide basis as a member of the California Podiatric Medical Association,  as Chair of the Education Committee and by heading one of the state of California’s highly recognized scientific programs for continuing education, the Western Podiatric Medical Congress.  On a national basis, Dr. Jones served the podiatric medical profession as Vice Chairman of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, Chair of the Joint Residency Review Committee, Continuing Education Committee and the Accreditation Committee. He has held other national positions such as President of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedist, and President of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) for which he is now the Immediate Past-President. As of April 2014, Dr. Jones was reappointed to his second two-year term to serve on the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) as the national representative for the podiatric medical profession, by the Under Secretary for Health for the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Dr. Jones is currently serving as the Interim Dean, Professor of the College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Dr. Jones has been happily married for 47 years to his wife, Viletta. They have two children; Lester Joseph Jones, III (Joey) and Erika Christine Jones (Riki), and six grandchildren: Joshua, Kenlon, Zachary, Kayden, Penelope, and Nathaniel Henry Jones.

Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS Ed, Interim Dean

Message from the Interim Dean

Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS Ed

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine (WesternU CPM). Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is an outstanding profession and a rewarding medical specialty. It is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of health care delivery.  Podiatric Medicine is a great career opportunity for pre-medical students looking for options that provide a clear pathway to medical specialization, offering many great options for the future.

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About Our Program

About Program

The field of podiatry has changed dramatically. Podiatric medicine is exciting and benefits people in ways you’ve never imagined. A podiatric physician can help prevent amputations while saving limbs and lives. By the time you graduate, you will be able to apply the cutting edge technology of living cell and gene therapy to the field of diabetic wound healing. Podiatric medicine opens doors to research and participation in clinical trials for novel treatments and technologies. Whether you open up your own practice after graduation, participate in research, government consulting or join the pharmaceutical field, podiatric medicine is a diverse and financially rewarding medical career choice. More

 

Patient Care Services

PCC

The Foot & Ankle Center is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by nationally recognized experts in podiatric medicine and surgery. Our team is proud to offer critical expertise to help patients manage serious foot and ankle problems caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and obesity. We also offer the highest quality and innovative evaluation and treatment of may conditions effecting the lower extremity. Learn more about our staff and schedule an appointment today!

MISSION, VISION & VALUES

Mission Statement

To mentor and educate students by providing innovative educational experiences, including interprofessional patient care, and producing in them a passion to improve the lives of others

 Vision

The global leader of innovative and integrated Podiatric Medical Education

Core Values

Embody a humanistic tradition that encompasses compassion, humility, integrity, truth, quality and service

 

Events

East-West Scholarship Dinner, Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ the Hilton San Gabriel   

CPM Dinner Dance, Mountain Meadows, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.     

Class of 2018 Commencement, Pasadena Civic Auditorium (PCA) 
300 E. Green St., Pasadena CA, 91101-2399 

Graduate Arrival: 1:45 p.m
Seating Begins: 2:00 p.m.
Doors Close: 2:50 p.m.

                                                 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALUMNI INFORMATION

WesternU ConnectThe Alumni Office recently launched WesternU Connect. Through this online networking platform, you will be able to reconnect with your classmates, stay up to date on campus news, provide and/or receive career advice, and even connect with alumni in your area.

We love to hear all your exciting news, so please share new contact information, jobs, publications, presentations, awards, honors, marriages, births, etc… Anything you would like to share, we would love to hear about it and share it with your classmates in the Class Notes section of the WesternU View!  We also welcome all photos pertaining to your updates.Click here to share your news!.

 

Why I Love WesternU-CPM

“What I love the most about WesternU CPM is the push by its students, faculty, and Dean to revolutionize the healthcare system by implementing podiatric medicine for patients to have frontline access to quality, patient-centered care.” – Stephanie Campbell, DPM Class of 2018

 

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Giving: Support the College of Podiatric Medicine

For information about how to support the College of Podiatric Medicine, please contact the Office of Annual Giving and Donor Relations: (909) 706-3476  .