The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) is continually expanding the resources necessary to showcase careers in podiatric medicine; as such, we are proud to share with you a toolkit to use when introducing a student to careers in podiatric medicine. We’ll provide you with conversation starters, a few tips from our admissions experts and ideas for hosting doctors of podiatric medicine on your campus!
The contents of this toolkit can be referenced as you develop strategies for introducing students to careers in podiatric medicine. Inclusive in our Toolkit are conversation starters and social media ideas for sharing what you know to be true about careers in podiatric medicine: it’s a great fit for your students! A guide to finding a DPM to shadow is emphasized, underscoring the importance of building career interest by allowing students to observe the clinical components of becoming a DPM. We’re also pleased to provide ideas for bringing DPM speakers to your campus to share their experiences in podiatric medicine.
We hope that by sharing these resources with you, we can continue to build avenues for new interest in careers in podiatric medicine.
We also encourage you to provide an electronic link to the digital version of the College Information Book on your professional website. When you require additional materials, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Moraith G. North
The Importance of Shadowing
Shadowing is the most valuable tool for students looking to find a career in medicine.
Encourage them to shadow a podiatric physician to gain more knowledge about the career choice.
To request a mentor, students should visit aacpm.org, create a profile and search for a mentor today! Students enter information about their shadowing request and we search our database to locate a DPM Mentor to fit their precise needs.
Mentors are specifically trained to guide students through each aspect of the career, often calling upon their experiences as pre-health students, medical students, residents and physicians.
Get Your Students to Take the First Step Towards a Career in Podiatric Medicine
Host a DPM speaker on your campus. We have local Doctors of Podiatric Medicine available to speak to classes, student organizations or participate in health career events. DPMs are trained speakers who can address career aspects, education and residency training.
Consider asking a DPM to participate in a health careers panel discussion about a variety of careers in medicine.
To request a speaker, log in to your account and select your dates. For detailed instructions, view our Network Instructions Page: Network Toolkit for Advisors
Wondering when to introduce the idea of a career in podiatric medicine?
Try this conversation starter:
“What kind of medicine do you want to practice,” or “What are your life plans outside of your career?”
Students who answer surgery, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports medicine, or wound care may be unaware of the variety of a career in podiatric medicine.
Students who express interest in, “work-life balance” or “time to volunteer in their community,” may be unaware of the flexibility of careers in podiatric medicine.
Explain what is a competitive applicant to the colleges of podiatric medicine:
The average incoming student has a 3.1 GPA, 3.4 science GPA, and an average 495 MCAT score.
They have shadowed a DPM, have volunteer or community service experience, exposure to research and are accomplished candidates.
Social Media Toolkit
Looking for content to use in your social media platforms? Here are a few tweets or posts you can feel free to use:
“Considering a Career in Medicine? Careers in #PodiatricMedicine are expected to increase 14% between 2014 and 2024” (114 characters)
“DPMs utilize techniques in surgery, biomechanics, and kinesiology as part of their #podiatricmedicine practice. Ask me about my practice” (136 characters)
“There are 9 Colleges of #PodiatricMedicine in the US. Learn more here: aacpm.org/colleges” (89 characters)
“Considering #PodiatricMedicine? It’s time to apply: portal.aacpmas.org to start and submit your application” (108 characters, correct usage Aug 15 to June 30)
“You can submit one set of transcripts when applying to the nine colleges of #podiatricmedicine. Apply Today! portal.aacpmas.org” (128 characters, correct usage Aug 15 to June 30)
“The individual who is called to become a Doctor of #PodiatricMedicine (#DPM) joins a community of deeply committed physicians” (125 characters)
“#Podiatricphysicians are scholars, researchers, and public health advocates with deep commitments to community service & volunteering” (133 characters)
“#DPMs perform acts of humanitarianism and outreach, globally, to pursue their passion: excellence in foot & ankle medical care & surgery” (136 characters)
“Questions about #PodiatricMedicine? @PodMedColleges can help you with FAQs” (74 characters)