Curriculum

The four-year curriculum at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine is composed of Basic Biomedical and Clinical Science coursework, clinical experiences and clerkships. Students participate in a variety of interprofessional courses beginning in the first year, and complete some of the same courses found within the traditional medical school curriculum. The courses are taught as modules of varying length allowing final examinations to be staggered rather than concentrated into one final exam week.

The first part of the third year consists of the Capstone Clinical Experiences in Podiatric Medicine, Applied Biomechanics, Podiatric Radiology and Podiatric Surgery. During the Capstone Clinical Experiences there is also participation in Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning III- Clinic. The remainder of the third year is spent in required, affiliated, and elective off-site clerkships.  

Students spend their entire fourth year participating in required, affiliated, and elective off-site clerkships. These clerkships take place at academic health science centers and community hospitals, at local area clinical facilities, and other affiliated programs outside of the Chicago area.


First Year

  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Structure and Function 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Microbiology and Immunology 
  • Lower Extremity Anatomy 
  • Understanding and Implementing Clinical Research 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 
  • Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning I 
  • Interprofessional Healthcare Teams and Culture in Healthcare
  • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning I 

Second Year

  • Pharmacology 
  • Pathology 
  • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning II 
  • Sports Medicine 
  • Pediatric Orthopedics I 
  • General Surgical Principles and Anesthesiology 
  • Podiatric Radiology    
  • Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning II- Workshop 
  • Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning II- Clinic 
  • Basic Biomedical Science Competency Exam 
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease 
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine
  • Orthotic Laboratory Workshop
  • Community Podiatry Clinical Experience

Third Year

  • Applied Biomechanics Capstone Clinical Experience
  • Podiatric Medicine Capstone Clinical Experience
  • Podiatric Radiology Capstone Clinical Experience
  • Podiatric Surgery Capstone Clinical Experience
  • Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning III- Clinic
  • Elective Podiatry Clerkships
  • Pediatric Orthopedics II
  • Business Law/Medical Jurisprudence/Community Health
  • Lower Extremity Traumatology 

Fourth Year

  • Internal Medicine Clerkship
  • Emergency Medicine Clerkship
  • General Surgery Clerkship
  • James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (JALFHCC) Core Podiatry Clerkship 
  • Hines VA Core Podiatry Clerkship
  • Jesse Brown VA Core Podiatry Clerkship
  • Elective Podiatry Clerkships
  • Clinical Competency Exam
  • Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Clerkship 
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