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Why Podiatric Medicine?

In short, a career in Podiatric Medicine offers:

Satisfaction of having high impact on patients’ lives, Wide range of specialties: trauma, diabetic wound salvage, biomechanics, sports and dance medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, wound care, and forensics,

Quality of life and work-life balance,

Evolving role in surgery and team-based health management,

Among the highest paid of all professions, often in the top 20.



Podiatric medicine 4.0 and the New Podiatric Physician. Let’s skip the 2.0, and even the 3.0, because podiatric medicine at WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine is elevating the field at the speed of life. This is the medicine of movement. Medicine that puts lives back in motion. It’s that simple, yet that big.

Podiatric medicine’s beginnings in chiropody were humble. The practice required only limited education and focused on skin and nail disorders. Today the field is so comprehensive, pervasive, and integrated, more and more hospitals and multi-specialty groups are seeking out DPMs, recognizing the vital role they play on the multidisciplinary teams in their health care system.

The WesternU Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is the New Podiatric Physician. The unique program at the College of Podiatric Medicine creates clinicians who are multifaceted surgical specialists. They’re highly skilled problem solvers and critical thinkers. They’re also compassionate, empathetic partners who understand that caring for the whole person means cultivating meaningful relationships along with delivering clinical expertise.



The surgical role of the New Podiatric Physician has expanded to include a full spectrum of foot and ankle surgeries. In this highly evolving specialty, the DPM is surgically addressing root causes of complex, chronic conditions, drawing on highly specialized experience in surgical management of infections, chronic wound care and soft tissue reconstruction, fracture care and reconstructive bone and joint procedures.

Whether in the office of a medical group, at a hospital or community clinic, DPMs are not only frontline surgeons, but they are also excelling in fields as diverse as trauma, diabetic wound care and limb salvage, biomechanics, sports and dance medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, wound care, and forensics. DPMs are also holding significant roles in health care management, public health services, translational and clinical research, and as important consulting resources in the pharmaceutical and medical legal industries.



With all the practice options available, a DPM degree allows you to choose the setting that most suits your lifestyle. Opportunities range from private practice to hospital-based employment and everything in between.

Then there’s the specialty you choose. Let’s go back over the list: trauma, diabetic wound care and limb salvage, biomechanics, sports and dance medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, wound care, and forensics.

Whichever you choose, Podiatric medicine not only offers you better control of your immediate schedule and your long-term lifestyle, but podiatric physicians are also among the highest paid of all professions, often in the top 20.

Your ability to treat the full spectrum of conditions that affect the lower limbs, and the ability to move is precisely where the medicine of motion meets the winding road of a patient’s life.



Through the holistic training of a CPM education, understanding the whole life of the patient versus “diagnosing and treating an illness,” the WesternU DPM can affect a positive outcome. See a patient literally get back on their feet, go back to work, and move through the world. Results like these are why podiatric medicine is a specialty that creates as much satisfaction for the physician as the patient.



The humanistic underpinning of our robust regimen of scientific and technical coursework is the distinguishing characteristic of WesternU and its CPM education. With the opportunity to train in rural clinics, inner-city underserved areas, managed care organizations and tertiary hospitals, you will learn the invaluable skills of listening to and understanding patients on every kind of care journey, in the context of their whole life. And though the work is challenging, CPM class sizes are small, and professors are actively invested in building long-term relationships with students. WesternU has a culture of teamwork and continuing support.

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Let’s bring better patient care to every community. WesternU is a vibrant community of faculty, staff, students and external partners embodying empathy and compassion. It is a great place to work, learn and serve the community.