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- Candidacy Assessment
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Selecting Schools
- Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
- Personal Statement
Your preparation for application to Podiatry programs should always begin with assessment of your individual candidacy. Use the Pre-Health Pillars Candidacy Assessment as a guide to self-assess and plan to speak with a Pre-Health Advisor about your progress.
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service. This application opens on the first Wednesday in August each year. Despite published application deadlines, you should apply as early as possible.
The MCAT exam consists for the following four sections:
1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Some colleges will accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) in lieu of the MCAT.
Test Preparation Resources
There are many types of test preparation resources that vary in cost and approach. Pre-Health Advisors do not endorse any of the providers below, but are happy to speak with you about how you might identify the style of preparation that best fits your needs.
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It is essential to select schools that are not only a good fit for you academically, but also a good fit for your values, skills, interests, and that will help you become the professional you want to be. Take time to research programs prior to the application process. Here are some factors you should consider:
- Admission requirements: coursework and clinical experiences
- Institution's mission, goals, curriculum, grading system
- Size of cohort/class
- Location. Where do you want to live? Where will you have a support network in place? What is the cost of tuition and cost of living?
- Where will you complete your clinical rotations? What type of patient population will you serve (i.e. urban, rural)? Will this provide the experiences you hope to gain?
- Does the school's mission and training focus align with your professional interests (i.e. research, personalized medicine, rural medicine, etc)
You should provide 2 to 3 LORs electronically through Interfolio or by mail. Determine any specific LOR requirements from programs of choice. However, letters are most commonly required by:
- Science Faculty
- Academic Advisor
- Podiatric Physician
- Medical Professional
Your personal statement is a distinctive aspect of your application. It begins with reflection. Consider the following questions to begin:
- Why do you want to become a podiatrist? Why is this the profession you have chosen instead of another?
- Think back to your experiences volunteering, shadowing, researching, studying abroad. Can you provide a specific story that deeply impacted you and your decision to become a podiatrist?
- What do you want the committee to know about you as a person or future colleague? What makes you a good fit for the profession?
- Guidelines for Personal Statements
- Pre-Health Advising Personal Statement Reviews (by appointment)
- UVA Writing Center
Request official transcripts from all institutions attended. Make sure to carefully follow ACPMAS instruction manual guidelines for specific details on transcript submission to the application service.
Pre-health mock interviewing is available to students and alumni preparing for or currently in the health professions application cycle. Interviews are one hour and include a feedback session aimed at increasing your readiness and confidence before an actual admissions interview. To schedule a mock interview complete the following steps.
Schedule Your Mock Interview With an Advisor: Contact the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 and indicate you are requesting a Pre-Health Mock Interview or schedule online through your Handshake account.
Come to the Career Center to be Interviewed: Please dress as if this were a real interview. By doing so, you can become comfortable with an interview situation dressed in professional attire. The Pre-Health Advisor will provide feedback as to appropriate interview attire. If you do not have interview attire at this time, please dress in the most appropriate outfit you have available.