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What is Podiatry?

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Dr. Beiser is a podiatrist serving patients in the Washington, DC, area

He is a partner in Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC,  a diverse group of foot and ankle specialists, dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive foot and ankle care

1145 19th St., NW  Suite #605
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-9109

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About Podiatry


Podiatry is the specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle and their related or governing structures by medical, surgical, or other means. Podiatrists have earned a DPM degree which stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.


A DPM degree is offered by a School of Podiatric Medicine. These are four year programs. Prospective podiatrists must first attend an undergraduate college or university, complete the required prerequisites and take the MCAT. The preparatory education of most Doctors of Podiatric Medicine includes four years of undergraduate work followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a hospital-based residency.

There are nine schools of podiatric medicine in the United States: 1. The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine ( formerly  the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine)  in Philadelphia,  2.  The Barry University School of Graduate  Medical Sciences in Miami, 3. The California College of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merrit University in San Francisco, 4.The New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City, 5. The Kent Stete College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, 6. The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago,  7. The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, the Midwestern University- Arizona Podiatric Medical Program and the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine in Pomona, California. All of these colleges receive accreditation from the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association, which is recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation.

The first two years of podiatric medical school consists primarily of instruction in the basic sciences, almost identical to the core group of classes in any of the allopathic (MD) medical schools [eg. anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology etc] as well as additional lower extremity courses such as biomechanics. The third and fourth years consist of additional didactic courses as well as clinical rotations, hospital externships and additional courses dealing specifically with the lower extremity. [eg. forefoot surgery, rearfoot surgery, traumatology, physical examination and radiology.] After successfully completing these four years, students earn their DPM degree. At the end of the fourth year, students must also pass an exam by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners prior to becoming eligible to obtain a state license. Most states also require successful completion of a residency prior to granting a license to practice podiatric medicine and surgery.


Ian H. Beiser, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S, F.A.S.P.S.

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC
1145 19th St., NW  Suite #605
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-9109

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