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California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
  • Year founded: 1914
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California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
Podiatry School
Oakland
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 46 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS N/A 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $42,695
  • Non - Resident Tuition $42,695
  • Application Fee $180
  • AVG MCAT 502
  • AVG GPA 3.4
  • LIZZYM Score 60.4
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Admissions Information

  • CSPM Office of Admission
  • 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite #1000
  • Oakland 94609
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The California School of Podiatric Medicine has an 89-year reputation to uphold. Ask alumni or students why they chose this school and time and again they will speak about reputation. Pioneering efforts at CSPM created the field of biomechanics three decades ago and significantly contributed to establishing Sports Medicine as a booming subspecialty. CSPM also has an outstanding reputation in podiatric surgery and is one of the leaders in its continuing medical education programs. People speak about our renowned faculty, who literally wrote many of the textbooks used by all colleges of podiatric medicine.

Curriculum

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree program at the California School of Podiatric Medicine is a four-year comprehensive curriculum, based on the allopathic (MD) model that encompasses the basic and clinical sciences with emphasis on the lower extremity. The Program is designed to prepare students to pass the CSPM end of the year comprehensive examinations, the national board examinations and to prepare students to enter a podiatric medical residency training program. Didactic course work is completed during the first three years of the program, while clinical rotations in biomechanics, general medicine, podiatric medicine and radiology begin at the start of the second year. Third year rotations continue with additional general medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, all of which take place at affiliated Bay Area medical centers, including San Francisco General Hospital, St. Mary`s Medical Center and Oakland`s Alameda County Medical Center.

Facilities

For the past 25 years cooperative clinical programs with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco General Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Highland Hospital in Oakland have raised the bar on the education we offer. These hospitals are also primary training facilities for medical students from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. This means that CSPM students work closely with other medical students at the same facilities and in the same rotations. Our newest affiliation with the St. Mary`s Medical Center in San Francisco provides student access to exciting clinical rotations through the Parnassus Heights Podiatry Group and St. Mary`s Operating Room, and allows us to hold classes for our third-year students in a beautiful new lecture auditorium. CSPM has a reputation for respecting choice. Fourth-year students can elect to base their final year of training at one of seven Core sites, which offer 7 to 12 months of custom training based on their preference for geography, patient load and clinical experience.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 41
Negatively 3
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.02 46

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How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.54 46

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"N/A! They were very nice and responsive!" More from this Member | Report Response

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"It would be cool to meet with the dean for a little bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"From the moment I checked in at 8:30AM at the Campus Service Center to meeting Andre, they were all friendly and welcoming, and most importantly, professional. They have all been quick to answer my questions and able to direct me to the proper people/departments without any hassle. Big thumbs up for streamlined efficiency" More from this Member | Report Response

"Continue doing what you are doing! Everything was perfect." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would make sure that the students that are paired with the interviewees NOT be so negative towards other podiatry programs. I would rather hear their opinions about their own school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Perfect the way it is" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions was very responsive" More from this Member | Report Response

"Instead of having four separate interviews, they should combine the first two and last two since the" More from this Member | Report Response

"There isn't much to suggest. The school is awesome and the interview process was very positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"-Show the dorm rooms to prospective students -Have a list of recent residency placements available " More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What did you do differently to improve your grades (upward trend)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you retake the MCAT (and how did you improve?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide on podiatry as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take the MCAT twice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why podiatry instead of allopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose podiatry over any other profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we pick you for one of the 48 spots in our class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I perform poorly in two courses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we not accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your worst class and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to CSPM if you live in the east coast where there are many schools near you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the MCAT tests your knowledge or your test taking ability?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever failed a class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why CSPM (3 times)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why podiatry? Why CSPM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why CSPM? x 4" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was split into 4 separate ones, with 1 faculty and 3 professors. Was very long, so I'll try to put down as much as I can remember. Why DPM? (times 2) Why Samuel Merritt? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Elaborate on your personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a podiatrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We see you have a lot of health care experience, but why podiatry (over other areas)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do Podiatry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why come to school on the west coast when you are from the east coast and have a number of pod schools nearby?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why podiatry, how did you learn about podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why podiatry." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You applied to DO schools at one point. How will you choose between DPM and DO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you looking for in a school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you've traveled the world, tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do your family members realize how busy you will be studying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do I feel like I deserve to be here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your least favorite class in undergrad and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been my most favorite class in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your ejection fraction? Good thing I knew anatomy for that one..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what your thoughts about podiatry are." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you receive any interviews from MD/DO schools? (Yes)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing odd at all, I expected everything and anything they could ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies??" More from this Member | Report Response

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"what are the roles of podiatrists in public health?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you motivate yourself to study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most favorite/least favorite course in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the story behind your email address?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were free to take any class, what class would you take? (I had asked if they recommended taking any classes. They said I should enjoy the opportunity to learn about whatever I was interested in during the last year of my undergraduate career.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much only asked the two questions and chatted about a few things from personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"the undergrad vs post bacc one" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well do you think you'll be able to adapt to city life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that the MCAT is more based on knowledge or test-taking skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain why you wrote that you didn't have regular healthcare in your letter of intent." More from this Member | Report Response

"What lead you to choose podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you offer to the class of 2013?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you think of the MCAT?...Do you think it tests more for knowledge or test-taking skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you delay your MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the MCAT tests more for knowledge or for test-taking skills and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that you have also applied to allopathic medical schools. Can you tell me why you would be interested in podiatry as opposed to allopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you think of the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm sure you're familiar with many of the positive aspects of podiatry. What are some of the negatives?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever consider becoming a profession piano player? and... " More from this Member | Report Response

"why podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you applying to DO schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

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