Podiatry is the branch of medicine which medically and surgically manages care of the lower extremity. The podiatric physician is a health professional who is involved with examination, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot disorders by physical, medical, and surgical means. He/she is trained to detect the signs of general bodily disorders which may appear first in the lower extremity, such as diabetes or circulatory disorders. When such diagnoses are made, the podiatrist consults with the patient’s family doctor concerning the continuing treatment of the systemic ailment. A career in podiatric medicine can include the areas of primary care, surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics.
Requirements for application to a podiatry program are very similar to requirements for medical and dental schools. There are no colleges of podiatric medicine in Mississippi, but you can find schools and more information by visiting the website for the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine: http://www.aacpm.org/
About Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) is one of nine podiatry colleges in the United States and is a public, not-for-profit, four-year graduate level medical college, granting the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M). Their mission is to educate students to be highly competent Doctors of Podiatric Medicine who will excel in residency training.
On their website, http://www.kent.edu/cpm/, interested students can refer to the Viewbook, accessible via the “Admissions” tab. Additional information such as pre-requisite classes, GPA/MCAT scores, and application processes are all contained within that e-Viewbook (via .Pdf format).