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Applying to Podiatry School
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Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Application Timeline

The application process is divided into three phases:

  • The Pre-Application Phase starts approximately 20 months prior to a student’s expected matriculation to podiatry school and lasts for 5–6 months. Students must participate in all aspects of the Pre-Application Phase if they want access to the resources of UMBC’s Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC), which includes a recommendation letter credentialing service.
  • The MCAT Study Phase starts approximately 15–12 months prior to a student’s expected matriculation to podiatry school and typically lasts for 7 months. Individual pathways and study times vary per student. Students should strive to take the MCAT once. If a student scores poorly on the first exam attempt, then a re-test is recommended and thus MCAT study time would exceed the aforementioned 7 months. Unlike their pre-medical peers (pre-allopathic and pre-osteopathic students), UMBC pre-podiatry students are not required to take the MCAT at a certain time in order to be eligible to access the services of UMBC’s Health Professions Evaluation Committee. 
  • The Centralized Application Service Phase (AACPMAS) starts approximately 12 months prior to a student’s expected matriculation to podiatry school and ends about 5–2 months prior to the beginning of podiatry school.

Every individual student follows a different and unique pathway as they prepare themselves to become competitive applicants for podiatry school. Students should only enter the application process if they are at their most competitive stage and do not possess overt weaknesses such as a weak GPA, poor MCAT scores, are missing research, philanthropic, or clinical related experience, or lack strong letters of recommendation. 

To gain insight into the competitiveness of the podiatry school admissions’ process, please review the matriculant and applicant statistics published by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. Students should also reference the web pages of individual podiatric medical colleges who sometimes post individual school statistics on acceptees and matriculants.

The Pre-Application Phase

Approximately 21–20 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school

Almost 20 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school, current UMBC students, including any UMBC post-baccalaureate students, are required to attend the mandatory cohort kick-off workshop which is held annually in November or December. This cohort kick-off workshop is advertised on the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office website and via the Pre-Medical Society listserv. UMBC alumni who are not taking classes at UMBC during the Fall semester during which the cohort kick-off workshop is offered, are not required to attend the workshop but should email Ms. Roelke between November 1 and Thanksgiving to express their interest in joining the next application cohort.

Example
UMBC students who expect to start classes at podiatry school in Fall 2013, are required to attend the mandatory cohort kick-off workshop that will occur in November or December of 2011; thus students start the pre-application process almost 20 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school.

The MCAT Study Phase

Approximately 15 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school

The MCAT Study Phase begins when students are completely finished with the prerequisite science courses required by podiatry schools. Students should be mastering the content of courses as they are taking the classes, so MCAT study technically begins with the first science prerequisite course. To keep the timeline as uncomplicated as possible, the MCAT Study Phase deals with the time frame after students are finished with the science prerequisite coursework.

Most pre-podiatry students completely finish the science prerequisites in the Fall or Spring semesters, 15–12 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school. This allows students sufficient MCAT study time prior to sitting for the exam. UMBC students who posted competitive MCAT scores reported that they studied 8–10 hours per week for 30 weeks (the equivalent of two semesters) prior to taking the MCAT. Please reference AAMC’s “Preparing for the Exam.”

Students should only take the MCAT exam when they are fully prepared. “Trialing” the MCAT is never recommended, leads to poor scores, and makes it very difficult for an applicant to gain admission. Statistics show that scores on second attempts of the MCAT rarely produce significant increases. Please review AAMC’s Re-testers Data Tables. Therefore, adequate and sufficient preparation for the first (and hopefully only) attempt at the MCAT is strongly recommended. Some podiatry schools will accept other standardized tests in lieu of the MCAT. For individual school exceptions to the MCAT, please check out the admission requirements of each individual podiatry school.

If a student is applying for matriculation to podiatry school in September 2013, their pathway would resemble one of the examples below:

Centralized Application Service Phase

September (12 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school)
September marks the beginning of the Centralized Application Service phase. Each year, the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) process typically opens for registration during the first week of September. AACPMAS is the centralized application service for applicants applying to podiatry schools. AACPMAS is also known as the “common application” and the “primary application.” Students complete one common application which is then sent to all of the podiatric medical schools to which the student is applying.

September–June (12–2 months prior to expected matriculation to podiatry school)
Students complete their AACPMAS centralized “common” applications, along with their secondary applications (additional questions sent directly to the applicants from the podiatry schools). It is best to apply as early as possible and therefore students should strive to complete all of their primary and secondary applications before the end of December. Priority consideration is April 1 for the upcoming Fall admission (about 5 months prior to expected matriculation). The final application deadline is June 30 of each year for Fall admission of the same year.

Every individual student follows a different and unique pathway as they prepare themselves to become competitive applicants for podiatry school.  Students should only enter the application process if they are at their most competitive stage and do not possess overt weaknesses such as a weak GPA, poor MCAT scores, are missing research, philanthropic, or clinical related experience, lack strong letters of recommendation, etc. 

To gain insight into the competitiveness of the podiatry school admissions’ process, please review the matriculant and applicant statistics published by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. Students should also reference the web pages of individual podiatric medical colleges who sometimes post individual school statistics on acceptees and matriculants.

Acceptance Information

To gain insight into the competitiveness of the podiatry school admissions’ process, please review the matriculant and applicant statistics published by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. Students should also reference the web pages of individual podiatric medical colleges who sometimes post individual school statistics on acceptees and matriculants.

Admissions Criteria of Podiatry Schools

The AAMC provides valuable information pertaining to the application process, including the details found at the following links:

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