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Candidacy Assessment

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.


Pre-Health Pillars Candidacy Assessment


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.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

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.

Coming Soon: AAMC How I Studied for the MCAT Exam Testimonials

Source Cost Level
AAMC Interactive Content Tool: What's on the MCAT? Free
AAMC Creating a Study Plan Guide Free
Khan Academy MCAT Collection Free
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs): Coursera and EdX Free

AAMC Materials:

Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, Fourth Edition
Study for the MCAT Resources
Practice for the MCAT Resources
Practice with Exam Features


Dr. Flowers MCAT Low - Mid
Exam Krackers Low - High
NextStep Test Prep Free - High

Kaplan Test Prep

Free - High
Princeton Review Free - High
Altius Test Prep Free - High

Selecting Schools

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)


Guidelines for Making a School List
AACPM College Information Book

Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

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


Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation

Personal Statement

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?



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.


UVA Registrar's Office

Interview Preparation

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.