Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
College of Podiatric Medicine

Explore the Curriculum

In keeping with the objective of podiatric medicine having parity with allopathic and osteopathic medicine, the first two years of the curriculum for WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine will be essentially the same as for our founding College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Emphasizing academic excellence, compassion, and comprehensive patient care, WesternU’s Doctor of Podiatric Medicine curriculum is delivered in three phases. For more information and a listing of current course descriptions, please refer to the the Western University of Health Sciences Catalog.

Early Clinical Experience
During both phase I and II, you will receive early clinical exposure through courses including Principles and Practices of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics; Essentials of Clinical Medicine; Physician and Society; and Service Learning. Our students will also refine their clinical skills by working with standardized patients in our Clinical Skills Lab and through participation in WesternU’s service-oriented clubs and organizations. Read more about clinical experiences and third and fourth year rotations

Learn Alongside Students in Other Health Professions
WesternU’s interprofessional provides a forum for you to collaborate and learn from students in eight other health-care programs. This curriculum provides an opportunity for early networking with other health professionals and ultimately prepares you to better serve your patients through interprofessional collaboration and referrals.

Interprofessional Educational Experiences

During the first year of your professional program, you will meet with 9 fellow students plus 1 faculty facilitator during several 3-week sessions, for 2 hours a day. Each group will consist of a diverse mix of students from our nine professional programs; Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician Assistant (MSPA), Physical Therapy (DPT), Pharmacy (PharmD), Nursing (MSN), Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Optometry (OD), Dental Medicine (DMD), and Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

At the beginning of each 3-week session, you will receive a clinical case scenario. Additional case details such as risk factors and environmental concerns will be divulged as the case unfolds. As a team, you will explore the various biological, psychosocial, and relational aspects of the case that might affect your team’s diagnosis and recommended treatment of the patient.

The IPE curriculum is case-based and grows increasingly advanced as you move through the program. Initial cases concentrate on honing your communication and interpersonal skills, analyzing ethical issues, and developing your understanding of the other professions.

Intermediate and advanced level IPE courses focus more on the diagnosis and treatment of standardized patients you’ll see in the simulation lab, or real-life cases you’ll assess in various settings including our Patient Care Center, community health fairs, and volunteer club events.

For more information about WesternU’s IPE initiative please visit the Interprofessional Education website.