In keeping with the objective of podiatric medicine having parity with allopathic and osteopathic medicine, the first two years of the curriculum for WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine will be essentially the same as for our founding College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
Emphasizing academic excellence, compassion, and comprehensive patient care, WesternU’s Doctor of Podiatric Medicine curriculum is delivered in three phases.
The first phase of the curriculum lays the basic science foundation and teaches the key principles of practice that you will need to commence to phase II of the curriculum.
The second phase incorporates basic and clinical sciences into the in-depth study of 10 human organ systems. This approach emphasizes the relevance of basic science to clinical practice.
During the third phase, you will complete 20 rotations comprised of the major medical disciplines which provide you with the opportunity to further develop your podiatric medical knowledge and clinical skills.
During both phase I and II, you will receive early clinical exposure through courses including Principles and Practices of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics; Essentials of Clinical Medicine; Physician and Society; and Service Learning. Our students will also refine their clinical skills by working with standardized patients in our Clinical Skills Lab and through participation in WesternU’s service-oriented clubs and organizations. Read more about clinical experiences and third and fourth year rotations
WesternU’s interprofessional education provides a forum for you to collaborate and learn from students in eight other health-care programs. This curriculum provides an opportunity for early networking with other health professionals and ultimately prepares you to better serve your patients through interprofessional collaboration and referrals.
The Office of Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD) is another resource for on-campus and distance students. LEAD helps students connect academic success with wellbeing. In individual counseling sessions, students learn time management, test taking, and studying strategies. LEAD facilitates training in managing stress, increasing focus, and professional skills. Also, LEAD offers a 5-week program for incoming students, Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC).
WesternU is a thriving academic health center spread out over 22 acres in Pomona, CA. The main campus currently includes 19 major buildings including two new buildings totaling an investment of more than $100 million. These buildings are shared by students in optometry, dentistry, osteopathic and podiatric medicine. The design fosters interprofessional education and patient care.