The New York College of Podiatric Medicine is the first and biggest school of podiatric medical education. Established in 1911 by Dr Maurice J. Lewi, a doctor, teacher, and secretary of the New York State Board of Examiners, the college set the norms in medical education and practice and figured the state’s first legislation governing the act of podiatry. The college’s teaching facility, the Foot Clinics of New York, is situated on campus and is the biggest mobile ambulatory foot care centre in the world. With more than 50,000 patient visits a year, students at the college are offered hands-on experience and training programs. The college’s graduated class represents over 25% of the country’s practising foot specialists.
The college offers a four-year program of study to prepare the student to enter graduate podiatric medical training programs. A composite of conventional and issue-based learning serves as the essential structure of the educational plan. The podiatric medical educational plan is intended for students who have already received required prerequisite education in chemistry, physics and biology. The educational plan of the college matches that of allopathic/osteopathic medicine as in that it comprises two years of pre-clinical and two years of clinical sciences. Clinical teaching happens at the affiliated Foot Clinics of New York and affiliated academic teaching hospitals. The students have opportunities to encounter a wide range of podiatric medical pathologies and cases that they would likely not experience even in long periods of private practice.
New York College of Podiatric Medicine maintains an exceptionally significant level of student retention till program completion. It takes care of the selection of students for admission. It extends its support to college-wide endeavours of faculty, staff and fellow students to help those students who are challenged by various circumstances, which might risk their successful finishing of the D.P.M. degree. The following academic support services are offered by NYCPM:
- Academic Advising by assigned faculty members
- Peer tutoring by outstanding students
- Counselling by a professional counsellor
- Accommodations for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities;
Some notable alumni of the college are Arthur Gudeon, DPM, Class of 1960 who received the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Patricia Nicholas, DPM, Class of 1993 who received the Alumni Outstanding Service Award. Krupa Patel, DPM, Class of 2008 who received the Alumni Rising Star Award