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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 49 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 1 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 44
Negatively 3
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.90 49

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.53 49

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"good" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up what you're doing, I left my interview even more set that CSPM was the program for me" More from this Member | Report Response

"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)?

"Asked about a specific class that I didn’t do well in." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the most memorable moment of your backpacking trip and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How are you misunderstood?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why podiatric Medicine" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

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

"How did you decide on podiatry as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you take the MCAT twice?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why podiatry instead of allopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose podiatry over any other profession?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

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

"Why should we not accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think of the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"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 | I was asked this question too

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

"Have you ever failed a class?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why CSPM (3 times)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why podiatry? Why CSPM?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why CSPM? x 4" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"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 | I was asked this question too

"Elaborate on your personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a podiatrist?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What questions do you have for us?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"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 | I was asked this question too

"Why podiatry, how did you learn about podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why podiatry." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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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 | I was asked this question too

"What are you looking for in a school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"N/a" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

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

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

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

"What has been my most favorite class in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me what your thoughts about podiatry are." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

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

"What are your hobbies??" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"-" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what are the roles of podiatrists in public health?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you motivate yourself to study?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's the story behind your email address?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"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 | I was asked this question too

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

"the undergrad vs post bacc one" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

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

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

"What lead you to choose podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What can you offer to the class of 2013?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"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 | I was asked this question too

"Why did you delay your MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"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 | I was asked this question too

"What did you think of the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"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 | I was asked this question too

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

"why podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are you applying to DO schools?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"there isn't a lot to like right now." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"Our Dean is incompetent. He can't solve basic problems" | Report Response

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