Upon successful 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 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.