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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are NYCPM's admission requirements?

The College's admission requirements are as follows:

  • Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate study, including:
    Biology (lecture and lab) One full academic year
    Chemistry (lecture and lab) One full academic year
    Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab) One full academic year
    Physics (lecture and lab) One full academic year
    English (lecture) One full academic year

  • MCAT
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation or one (1) letter from a Pre-Health Evaluation Committee

 

When is the application deadline?

NYCPM offers two (2) start dates, January and September. The application deadline for entrance in January is November 30th and the deadline for entrance in September is June 30th.

Where do I send my official transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation?

Official college transcripts and official MCAT scores must be sent directly to AACPMAS.

  • AACPMAS, P.O Box 9200, Watertown, MA 02471

    After verification of all grades and scores, your records will be automatically forwarded alongside your application to the NYCPM Admissions Office.

    All letters of recommendation must be sent to the NYCPM Admissions Office, hard-copied via the U.S. Postal Service (53 E. 124th Street, New York, NY 10035), or virtually, utilizing either Interfolio (www.interfolio.com) or Virtual Evals (www.virtualevals.org).

    How does the January class differ from the September class?

    Those students entering in January will enroll in a 4.5 year program starting with a decelerated 2.5 year pre-clinical program. The second term occurs during the summer following the January term. Students join a September entering class in their third term with a modified schedule extending into sophomore year. Tuition and fees are prorated for the January entering class to remain consistent with those who enter in September. The admissions requirements and guidelines are the same for the January and September entering classes.

    What is the student profile at NYCPM?

    The student population at NYCPM is approximately 50% male, 50% female. The average incoming first year student has a a 3.3 Science GPA, 3.4 Cumulative GPA and an overall MCAT score of 24. 
    To be most competitive, you should possess a science and overall GPA over 3.0, on a 4.0 scale. It is recommended that candidates with less than a 2.75 Cumulative GPA consult the Office of Admissions prior to applying.

    What should I expect for my interview day?

    The interview day is an opportunity for our faculty, staff and students to get to know you on a personal level. It is also a day for you to discover if our College is the right fit for you. Interviews are offered Tuesday through Thursday, and take place from from 10am to 3:30pm. The day consists of separate interviews with a faculty member and a current student, shadowing in our on-site Foot Center, as well as a campus tour and lunch with current students. The interview day ends with a wrap-up session with an Admissions representative for a final review of your application and to answer any remaining questions you may have.

    What is the admission timeline, after I have submitted a completed application?

    No later than three (3) weeks after you submit your completed application, you will be contacted by the Associate Dean of Admissions who will inform you if you have been granted an interview. The Admissions Committee meets on Mondays to review applicants that have attended an interview day. The Associate Dean of Admissions will send all applicants (no matter the decision) a letter informing you of your status, via U.S. Postal Service, within the same week.

    What forms of financial assistance are available?

    NYCPM offers qualified students Federal Stafford and Perkins loans, along with Federal Work Study. For questions about financial aid, please contact Eve Traube, Director of Financial Aid by phone at 212-410-8006, or via e-mail at etraube@nycpm.edu.

    Does NYCPM offer any scholarships to incoming students?

    NYCPM offers a generous merit-based scholarship to selected incoming students based on undergraduate GPAs and MCAT. The scholarships are awarded across four years of study, as long as the student maintains a minimum 3.2 GPA at NYCPM.

    Does NYCPM offer any scholarships to enrolled students?

    There are also several other scholarships NYCPM offers based on academic performance, leadership, and community service, starting in the second year. The College awards over $650,000 in scholarships.

    How long is the program and what does it consist of?

    The course of instruction leading to the DPM degree is four years in length.

    • The first two years are primarily devoted to classroom instruction and laboratory work in the pre-clinical sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology.
    • During the third year, students concentrate on courses in the clinical sciences, gaining hands-on experience in the Foot Center of New York and affiliated hospitals. Clinical courses focus on both podiatric medicine and general medicine. Some of the courses and rotations include: Internal Medicine, Traumatology, Functional Orthopedics, Podopediatrics, and multiple courses in Podiatric and General Surgery.
    • Fourth-year students attend four to five, month-long externships at affiliated hospitals throughout the United States with opportunities also available in Israel. Senior rotations are also completed in General Surgery, ER, OR and Internal Medicine.

    How will the New York State scope of practice affect my clinical education?

    It does not. Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and all residencies under the jurisdiction of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education must meet national standards for training. Students at NYCPM and residents enrolled in Residencies in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in New York State receive training that meets or exceeds all accepted criteria for accreditation and are eligible, upon successful completion of training, for examination in foot and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery through the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Under New York State law, Podiatric Medical and Surgical residents have an unlimited scope of practice, allowing the resident to participate fully, with appropriate supervision, in both medical and surgical experiences involving the whole patient. Graduates of residency training in New York are eligible for licensure and hospital-based practice in any state in the US.

    Are there opportunities for research?

    Our Director of Research supervises multiple research opportunities for interested students. Currently, there are five (5) protocols at all times for students to participate in. In addition to research in the lower extremities, students conduct research with faculty in other fields such as neurology and brain stimulation and dermatology. Doctors in the Clinical Departments also offer opportunities for students to help with hands-on research, in both the Foot Center of New York and at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Do you offer any dual degree programs?

    NYCPM offers a dual-sponsored DPM/MPH program with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Students are able to complete both degrees in 4 to 4.5 years by taking classes simultaneously at NYCPM and MSSM. Clinic rotations and field work begin in the third year.

    What is the method of evaluation in the courses?

    In the Pre-clinical Sciences, students are evaluated by a series of examinations, recitations, laboratory evaluations and attendance. Courses in Clinical Studies departments include additional performance-based methods of evaluation. The student must attain a grade of 70% in order to pass each course. Specific requirements are outlined in the course syllabus. Any student whose GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.

    What is NYCPM's National Board Pass rate?

    NYCPM's Board pass rate has been over the national average for the past couple of years. Our current pass rate for our Class of 2012 is 99%.

    What is NYCPM's residency placement rate?

    Between 1996 and 2009, NYCPM's residency placement has been 100%.

    Where do NYCPM graduates go for their residencies?

    Our students place in residency programs across the United States. Year after year, our graduates have placed in top-ranked residencies including INOVA (VA), West Penn (PA), Swedish Institute (WA), Scripps (CA), Cambridge (MA), and many others.

    What is the professional outlook for this profession?

    Colleges of podiatric medicine will need to triple their graduates between now and 2014 in order to meet growing population demands according to the Census Bureau. Demand for podiatrists has climbed and will continue to climb steadily for the foreseeable future. This is due primarily to the growing number of people being diagnosed with diabetes, the obesity epidemic, and the ageing population. In the U.S. there is about one podiatrist for every 20,000 people.

    For more information please visit http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos075.htm#outlook.

    What is the salary outlook like for a DPM?

    A study conducted by the APMA in 2007 showed an average net income of $150,000. This amount will differ based on experience, sub-specialty, type of practice and location.

    What is the campus and neighborhood like?

    NYCPM is located in New York City, and centered in the heart of Harlem, one of the city's most vibrant communities. Students are directly connected with community families and leaders while working in the Foot Center of New York. Even though New York is considered by federal law enforcement to be one of the safest big cities in the United States, the College takes student safety very seriously. NYCPM operates an emergency hotline for students' use and a student may request to be escorted by security to the local subway or bus station, or to their car. NYCPM's annual security report is available in the online Student Handbook, and may also be transmitted electronically upon request.

     

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