The information contained in the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) Student Handbook pertains to policies that are specific to the CSPM program. The policies referenced in the SMC Catalog/Handbook are usually more generic and apply to all students enrolled at SMC. Therefore, the CSPM academic policies supersede those of the SMC College Catalog/Handbook. References will be made to the Samuel Merritt College (SMC) Catalog/Handbook for information regarding policies that are applicable to the entire SMC College campus.

Please see the SMC Catalog/Handbook for detailed policies on the following:

§ SMC Student Conduct and Honor Code Policy
§ Withdrawal Procedures and Policies
§ Leave-of-Absence Procedures
§ Grading Policies
§ Recording of Grades
§ Auditing Courses
§ Immunization and Health Requirements
§ Student Grievance Policies and Procedures
§ Facility Utilization Policies
§ Student Records Administration Policy
§ Campus Safety and Security Policy
§ Services for Students
§ Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

The CSPM Student Handbook is divided into the following three sections:

Part I -Historical Overview of the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College
-CSPM Mission, Vision and Values Statements
-CSPM Directory of Faculty and Staff

Part II -General Student Information
-CSPM Academic Policies and Procedures

Part III CSPM Curriculum Overview and Academic Expectations


The California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College was founded in 1914 as the California School of Chiropody. The name was later changed to the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM). From 1914 to August 2001, the CCPM campus was located in San Francisco’s Western Addition. During the 2001/2002 academic year the College was temporarily housed on the campus of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine on Mare Island in Vallejo, California. On July 1, 2002 CCPM, one of seven podiatric medical schools in the United States and the only institution located in the Western United States, merged with Samuel Merritt College.
Founded in 1909, Samuel Merritt College, with campuses in Oakland and Sacramento, is an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. SMC offers an undergraduate degree in nursing and graduate degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and physician assisting. SMC”S Oakland campus, located adjacent to the more than 1000-bed Alta Bates Summit medical complex, creates an outstanding learning environment. The SMC campus offers state-of-the art labs and classrooms, the East Bay’s largest health sciences library, distance-learning technologies, comprehensive support student services and on-campus housing. In 1999 Samuel Merritt College became the first institution of higher education to be awarded a California Governor’s Quality Award, the state’s premier honor based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The California School of Podiatric Medicine is committed to providing excellent education and training of podiatric physicians, quality health care, meaningful community service, and innovative research.


To achieve this mission, we will:

§ Treat students, residents, practitioners, and patients with dignity and compassion in a nurturing environment
§ Provide leadership in healthcare and health professions education
§ Encourage scholarly activity and research
§ Promote the principles of lifelong, self-directed learning
§ Develop a multi-disciplinary approach to education, research, and health care delivery
§ Serve a diverse community


We are committee to demonstrate:

Respect: Everyone we serve, our students, our patients and their families, our staff, and our community will
be treated with compassion and respect.

Teamwork: As highly competent, diverse individuals, we deliver our best by working together

Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest levels of ethical and professional conduct

Quality: We are committed to continuously improve our performance as caregivers, educators, and

Responsibility: We will manage our resources prudently for today and the future


California School of Podiatric Medicine California School of Podiatric Medicine
at Samuel Merritt College St. Mary’s Medical Center – South Wing
450 30th St., 3rd Floor 2250 Hayes Street, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94609 San Francisco, CA 94117

Telephone #
E-mail Address

Anderson, Wayne, MD
Podiatric Medicine
St. Mary’s
(415) 750-5845
Timothy, MD
General Medicine
St. Mary’s
Bolton, John, MD
Podiatric Medicine
(415) 383-5553
Burns, Albert, DPM
Dean for Academic Affairs
SMC – Suite 3728
St. Mary’s
(510) 869-8726
(415) 379-7872
Choate, Cherri,
(510) 841-5771
Clark, Joel,
Podiatric Surgery
St. Mary’s
Parnassus Practice
(415) 666-1104
Gerbert. Joshua,
Podiatric Surgery
St. Mary’s
Parnassus Practice
(415) 666-1102
Garcia, Pamela, MS
Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs
St. Mary’s
(415) 379-7874
Gilson, Carol,
Basic Medical Sciences
SMC – Suite 3724
(510) 869-8743
Greer, Keith
Podiatric Medicine
(800) 366-8529
Fax = (858) 613-6680
Hodgson, Laurel,
General Medicine
(925) 283-2215
Fax = (925) 283-2213
Hoover, Charles,
Basic Medical Sciences
SMC – Suite 3716
(415) 502-2278
Huppin, Lawrence, DPM
(415) 928-7762
Ishii, Suzanne, DPM
(415) 928-7762
Kailikole, Theresa, DPM
(415) 92807762
Jenkin, William, DPM
Chair – Podiatric Surgery
St. Mary’s
Parnassus Practice
(415) 666-1103
Loveland, Lacey, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
(707) 747-5199
Telephone #
E-mail Address
Marawala, Zarir, DPM
Basic Medical Sciences
SMC – Suite 3716
(925) 580-2349
Morewitz, Stephen, PhD
Podiatric Medicine
(415) 252-0569
Pirkle, James, BS
Basic Science Lab Manager
SMC – South Pavilion Histology Lab
(510) 869-
Alexander Reyzelman, DPM
Chair – Podiatric
Medicine/General Medicine
Primary office is located in San Francisco
(415) 292-0638
Richardson, Bruce, PhD
Chair – Basic Medical Sciences
SMC – Suite 3718
(510) 869-8729
Sanders, Jennifer, DPM
(415) 928-7762
Scherer, Paul, DPM
(415) 928-7762
Splitter, Amy, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
(925) 216-1030
Stamps, Eric, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
SMC – Suite 3716
(510) 869-8730
Tran, David, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
SMC – Bechtel Hall
Suite 100
(510) 869-6789
Irma, MS
Special Assistant to the President
SMC – Suite 3722
(510) 869-8742
Wang, Teresa, BS
CSPM Adm. Assistant
SMC – Suite 3714
(510) 869 – 8727

Driver, Vickie, DPM
Tacoma Core Director
Madigan Army Medical Center
Podiatry Section
Tacoma, WA 98431
(253) 968-1559
(253) 968-1586 FAX

Geller, Stephen, DPM
Arizona Core Director
Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Medical Center
6707 North 19th Ave., #103
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 995-1169
(602) 995-7155 FAX
(602) 885-0902 Pager

Harkless, Lawrence, DPM
Texas Core Director
University of Texas Health Science Center
Department of Orthopedics/Podiatry
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78284
(210) 567-5174
(210) 567-4916 FAX

Hembree, John, DPM
Albuquerque Core Director
2100 Ridgecrest Dr., #112D
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-1711 X4086
(505) 265-5743 FAX
(505) 251-1969 Pager

Core Director’s Continued
Michel, Rosemay, DPM
Texas Core Assistant Director
University of Texas Health Science Center
Department of Orthopedics/Podiatry
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78284
(210) 567-5174
(210) 567-4916 FAX
(888) 395-4076 Pager

Moss, Kathryn, DPM
VASF Core Director
Podiatry Department
4150 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810 X3682
(415) 750-2181 FAX
(415) 739-4044 Pager 3


Students must be notified during the first class session at the beginning of each term of instruction regarding the methods and measures of evaluation and the procedures for assigning grades. Classroom and Clinical Rotation attendance is a requirement of the CSPM. Each instructor has the option to mandate classroom attendance and to take roll at each class or rotation assignment. If roll will be taken, it must be announced during the first class session.
Prior to the beginning of each term Department Directors must forward to the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs the course syllabus, lecture goals and objectives, and a notification specifying how grades will be determined and whether or not attendance will be a grading factor for the course.
Students must contact the Special Assistant to the President on the day of an examination if they are going to be absent for any reason. The Special Assistant to the President will then notify the instructor for the student. Failure to comply with this will result in a zero (0) for a given exam. Excessive absences from examinations are grounds for review by the CSPM Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee.
Clinic students are required to attend clinical assignments whether they are scheduled at the college or at outside medical centers, clinics, etc. Roll will be taken. Students who are absent without an excuse will receive a failing grade. Authorization for an excused absence can be obtained only after consultation with and approval by, the Special Assistant to the President and the appropriate clinical department personnel. For the complete policy, please see pages 20-21.
If an instructor does not arrive at a scheduled lecture within ten minutes of the scheduled lecture start time, a class representative must contact the academic department responsible for the course to determine when the instructor will arrive. If the class representative is unable to contact a departmental official and 20 minutes of the lecture time has passed, students may leave the classroom.
Each department is responsible for developing its own policy regarding the length of time students are required to wait if a clinical faculty member (or the supervising resident) is late for the rotation.
In constructing, administering and computing the scores of examinations, the following regulations and procedures must be adhered to:

1. Examinations must be typewritten and administered as written (not oral) exams, unless being given as a make-up exam or a re-examination.

2. Examinations must be reviewed by the Department Director or their designee at least 24 hours prior to administration.

3. Assigned seating is required for all midterm and final examinations. Seating charts are prepared and updated by the Basic Science Laboratory Manager.

4. For any didactic course that is two units or more, no examination can be worth more than 50% of the total course grade. This policy does not apply to clinical rotation Practical Examinations.

5. Faculty members responsible for a course must be present during midterm and final examinations unless otherwise authorized by the Department Director.

6. Clinical Rotations shall be suspended during the final examination week.

7. Students are not permitted to wear long bill caps during examinations.

8. Cell phones and other hand-held electronic devices (i.e., palm pilots, etc.) may not be taken into the examination room.

9. Eating or drinking during examinations will not be permitted.

10. Students must request permission from the instructor before leaving an examination room to go to the toilet.

Students who have received an excused absence from an examination due to illness or other emergency situations may be allowed to take a make-up examination. The course instructor has the option of administering the make-up exam in any manner deemed appropriate including oral or essay examinations or adding additional questions to the final examination. For the complete policy on excused absences and make-up examinations please see the policy on pages 20-21.
In special cases, students may be allowed course credit by examination. Requests for credit by examination must be made to the appropriate instructor no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the course involved. Such requests must be approved by both the instructor and the Department Director. Transfer students and students permitted course credit by examination must pay the regular tuition charge and will not receive a pro-ration of tuition.
The challenge examination must be taken during the first two weeks of the course. Credit will be granted on a Pass/ Fail Basis. If the student is successful in passing the examination, a grade of Pass will be recorded on their transcript. If the student fails the examination, the student will be required to complete the course as scheduled and no grade will be reported until the course has been completed.
When a student transfers into the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College, each file is reviewed on an individual basis to determine the amount of transferable credit hours. All prior coursework from the original accredited college is reviewed and compared to equivalent courses offered by CSPM. Students requesting to transfer to the CSPM must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.00, and not be on academic or disciplinary probation. Only course work in CSPM’s first and second year curriculum will be considered for credit. If the student has taken any course work that is found in the third year curriculum, they have the option to test out of the course. The transfer credit hours are recorded on the official college transcript following completion of the first semester. Students who receive credit from other institutions will not receive any reduction in their tuition.
By their registration, students affirm that they will honor the student conduct regulations of the CSPM at SMC and abide by them as stated in the Samuel Merritt College Catalog/Student Handbook. Please refer to the SMC Catalog/Handbook for the complete policy.
The CSPM community (students, faculty, staff and administration) has formulated a set of guidelines on personal appearance. See page 29-30 for complete regulations regarding the dress code at CSPM. Any additional requirements set by the individual departments, externships, or medical centers should be considered to hold precedence over the Dress Code policy of the CSPM.

A student may be granted a leave of absence for valid reasons such as prolonged ill health or unexpected difficulties. Leaves of Absence are granted for a period of up to one year from the date of withdrawal from the College. The student must be in good academic standing, i.e., not on academic probation or in the case of a first term student, not immediately subject to probation. In addition, the student must have cleared all of the outstanding financial obligations with the College. Students who fail to return to the CSPM at the end of the specified leave period forfeit their positions. Such students must make re-application to the CSPM if they wish to be admitted at some future date. Please refer to the SMC Catalog/Handbook for detailed information regarding Leave-of-Absence procedures.
The Office of the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs works with CSPM students to help them obtain one, two and three year residency training programs. Applications for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) approved programs are available to senior students from the Academic Dean’s Office. All such applications are processed through the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR). Interested students should contact the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs for further information.
Admission to and graduation from CSPM at SMC does not guarantee licensure for the practice of podiatric medicine. However, graduates of CSPM who successfully complete Parts I, II and III of the National Boards and satisfactorily complete a Residency Training Program are eligible to apply for licensure to practice Podiatric Medicine in the State of California.
Audio taping or video taping of lectures, laboratories, review sessions, and other forms of course meetings is allowable unless specifically denied by the course coordinator at the beginning of the semester, or denied by individual faculty at the start of their lecture. The audio tapes or videotapes produced are for use by CSPM students’ on-campus only and cannot be distributed, sold, exhibited or posted in the Internet.
It is a policy of the CSPM that students must provide current address, telephone and e-mail information and any subsequent changes of this information to the Office of the Registrar in a timely manner.
All CSPM students are required to have a Samuel Merritt College e-mail address. It is extremely important for each student to establish and maintain a current e-mail address since almost all of the notifications sent by faculty members to students will be sent via e-mail. CSPM faculty will be only using the e-mail Distribution lists for CSPM students that are set up with the IT department. In addition, CSPM students are required to check their e-mail messages at least one time each day. New entering students will be assigned an SMC e-mail address. The standard for student e-mail is: (e.g., Susan Smith would be Students are required to manage their own account, and e-mail communication with students will only be through their SMC address. If a student has questions regarding their e-mail account they should contact the IT Help Desk at (510) 869-6836.
Once the mid-term or final examination schedules have been approved, no change may be made to the schedule without the approval of the Course Coordinator. In addition, approval by a ¾ vote of the entire class is required.

No eating, drinking or smoking is permitted in any classroom, laboratory or auditorium. Designated areas such as the Student Lounge or areas outdoors may be used for eating. Occasionally, noon-hour lectures or seminars are scheduled. At these times, students are permitted to bring their own lunches. However, care must be taken to remove all refuse to a trash container after the lecture/seminar.
As a requirement for graduation from CSPM students are required to satisfactorily complete all of the required courses, have at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and take and pass the End-of-the-Year Comprehensive Examination(s), the 4th year OSCE examination, and/or the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examination (NBPME) as detailed below:
· Students in the class of 2005 have the choice of taking and passing the NBPME Part I examination or taking and passing the End-of-the-Second-Year Comprehensive Examination. In addition 2005 students must take and pass the 3rd year Clinical Rotation Practical Examinations, and the 4th year OSCE examination.
· Students in the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 must take and pass the first and second year End-of-the-Year Comprehensive Examinations, the 3rd year Clinical Rotation Practical Examinations, and the 4th year OSCE examination.
It should be noted that in order to receive a Limited License for Residency program purposes in California and in a number of other states, individuals must have taken and passed both Parts I and II of the NBPME.
SMC policy stipulates that all students, staff and faculty MUST wear their Photo ID Badges at all times when on campus. Individuals may be denied access to campus facilities if they do not have the ID Badge in their possession.
While in the classroom and laboratories, cell phones and pagers must be set on vibration and answered outside of the classroom or turned off. This policy is not relevant to the use of cell phones or pagers while on clinical rotations.
As a requirement for completion of each clinical rotation, all students are required to complete and submit Rotation/Clinician evaluations to the Special Assistant to the President. Final rotation grades and evaluations will not be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office until the required evaluations have been turned in.
Student performance while on clinical rotations is evaluated following completion of each rotation. This evaluation is documented and recorded for the purpose of assisting student development in clinical education. The Director of each clinic area shall submit complete evaluation forms with a grade to the Office of the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs within two weeks of the date of completion of each rotation. Letter grades are given for the 3rd Year Surgery and Diabetic Wound Care Rotations. Grading for all other clinical rotations is done on a Pass with Honors, or Pass/Fail basis. In addition to grades and evaluations for clinical rotations completed at CSPM, fourth-year students will receive evaluations from their off-campus rotations and externships. These evaluations shall be submitted by the Core Site Directors to the Office of the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs following completion of each rotation/externship.


A Excellent 4 grade points (90%-100%)
B Good 3 grade points (80%-89% )
C Satisfactory 2 grade points (70%-79% )
D Below Average 1 grade point (65%-69% )
F Failure 0 grade points (Below 65%)
P/H Pass with Honors 0 grade points
P Pass 0 grade points

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 and no failing grades that haven’t been remedied in order to be eligible for graduation from CSPM at SMC. Please refer to the SMC Catalog/Handbook for the detailed policy on grading.
In determining grades for course work or clinical rotations, instructors may assign 100% to whatever raw score of an examination or series of examination scores they deem appropriate. For example, an instructor may assign a raw score of 92% as 100%, if this is the highest score attained or if this score is at a high point on the range of scores. However, once the score equivalent to 100% is determined, all subsequent percentages must be calculated accordingly, using the selected raw score as a denominator. The raw score equivalent of 100% must be reported to the appropriate Department Director. There will be no grades recorded higher than 100%. Clinic and course work shall be graded on a straight grading scale; e.g., 90% to 100% = A/Excellent; 80% to 89%= B/Good, etc. There will be no rounding off of grades; i.e., 89.9% will be recorded as a “B” and will not round to an “A.”
Grade point averages and academic class rank is based solely on performance in academic courses and does not reflect the students’ clinical rotation performance. At the completion of the third year of study the Office of the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs will compile a Composite Clinical Evaluation, which includes a Clinical Rank for each student. The Composite Clinical Evaluation is based on the student’s performance while on clinical rotation assignments.
The final examination shall not be the sole basis for determining the course grade. The course grade shall include a combination of quizzes, midterm examinations, the final examination and other appropriate criteria previously established by the instructor. In the event that a student misses exams, quizzes or fails to complete all assignments, the instructor must advise the student and his/her Department Director of the basis on which that student’s final grade shall be computed. Required courses shall be graded with a letter grade. Grading for electives will be on a Pass/Fail basis. All courses shall be assigned final grades at the end of every term, even if a course is taught as Parts I and II over two terms.
1. After each examination, grades and class curves will be posted on Blackboard or on a board located outside the department office. Grades are posted by secret number known only to each student.

2. Grades must be posted within or no later than one week from the date of the examination.

3. After the posting of exam results, students shall submit written reports on questions of controversy to the Education Committee Chair.

4. To appeal final semester grades, Student Education Committees will have two weeks from the date the grades are posted to review questions of controversy with the course instructor/ coordinator. The Education Committee shall bring all questions submitted before the instructor/coordinator for review, if validation has been provided. (Validation means submission of documented evidence, i.e., tape from lectures, transcripts, handouts, textbooks, journals, etc.). The anonymity of the student shall be strictly maintained.

5. If the Education Committee wishes to appeal the decision of the instructor, the EducationCommittee may make an appointment to discuss the appeal with the Department Chair.

6. If the Education Committee desires to further appeal a decision, the Chair along withStudent Academic Council representatives should make an appointment to see the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs. All pertinent information regarding the appeal must be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. The decision of the Dean for Academic Affairs shall be final and binding. The student who initially submitted the report shall be notified of the final disposition.

7. Individual students are not to approach their instructors for special consideration.


Because third year students have rotations that require them to miss classes, students will have the option to take courses during the semester when they are on the General Medicine Rotation under the Pass/Fail Grading Option. This option allows students to take any grade of A, B, C, or D as received, or as a Pass (P). Grades of “F” and all clinic grades must be recorded as received.
Course records for the fall semester (exam scantron sheets, one copy of the actual exam, essay questions, scantron sheets for all re-exams, essay questions, one copy of the actual re-exam) must be retained until the end of the Spring Semester. Course records for the Spring Semester must be retained until the end of the following Fall Semester.
When a CSPM student is approved by the CSPM Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee to take a Re-examination in a course that the student previously failed, the highest grade that will be posted on the transcript is a “D”.

If a CSPM student is approved to repeat a course, the grade achieved in the repeated course will replace the original grade on the transcript and will be used to compute the cumulative grade point average.



These regulations and policies shall provide the exclusive procedures for determining whether students at CSPM have satisfied the academic requirements for continuation of their matriculation at the college or their qualifications to receive the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (D.P.M.) from the College. These regulations and procedures supersede all prior regulations and procedures regarding academic performance. Samuel Merritt College reserves the right to refuse promotion or re-admission to any student who is believed, for any reason, to be in breach of the regulations, policies and procedures of the college.
The Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee is charged with the responsibility to consider and take action on all matters pertaining to the academic requirements of the College. The Committee is also responsible for recommending policy changes for approval to the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs.
Members of the Committee on Student Performance and Promotion are:
· Bruce Richardson, PhD (Chair)
· Joel Clark, DPM
· William Jenkin, DPM
· Alexander Reyzelman, DPM
· Third Year Student Recommended by the CPMSA
In addition, the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee shall include the Special Assistant to the President (non-voting).
The Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee shall meet at least once following the close of each term to review the record of students who have failed a course(s) and/or clinical rotation(s); Have been placed on Academic Probation; Have a GPA that is below 2.000; Have In Progress grades that are past due; Have Incomplete grades that are past due; To review Policy change recommendations. Advanced notice of each scheduled meeting date shall be given by the Special Assistant to the President, to students up for review and members of the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee. Additional meetings may be called as required.

A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting membership. Each faculty member of the committee must designate a replacement faculty member if they are unable to attend a meeting.
Records and Minutes
The Special Assistant to the President will record the Minutes of the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee meetings. All student records shall be confidential unless disclosure is properly authorized. Decisions made by the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee shall be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for recording.

(Regulations Governing Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review – Continued)
Regulations and Requirements
At the end of each term of instruction, the Special Assistant to the President shall arrange a meeting date and provide committee members with the names of students to be reviewed and the reasons for review. Prior to the meeting date, departmental representatives will meet with the department faculty to obtain recommendations for possible committee action and student decisions. All students being brought up before the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee will receive notification via e-mail or U.S. mail informing them that they are required to personally meet with the Special Assistant to the President prior to the scheduled Committee meeting date. During this meeting, the Special Assistant to the President will discuss the student’s rights and responsibilities and will determine if the student wishes to appear before the Committee.
Academic performance and promotion shall be determined by the CSPM policies as specified below and may be amended from time to time:
Students who, at the end of any term, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 will be eligible for matriculation to the next term, promotion to the next academic year, or graduation, whichever is applicable. If a student at the end of any term is on academic probation, has an incomplete in any course or rotation, has less than a 2.0 cumulative average, or if a student has received a failing grade in any course or clinical rotation during the term, the committee shall review the student’s academic standing and make recommendations for action. Academic deficiency recommendations may include one or more of the following:
1. Remedial work to be completed within one term.

2. Re-examination, to be completed within one term of receipt of the failing grade, unless a special date is assigned or an extension has been granted by the committee.

The highest grade that will be recorded for a student who is approved to re-examine will be a “D” or in the
case of a Basic Science Alternative Student, the highest grade will be a “C”.

3. Repetition of a course during the next academic year with a grade requirement of at Least a “C”. Repetition
of a clinical rotation shall be taken as arranged by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs (2nd or 3rd year rotations) with a grade requirement of passing.

4. Repetition of part or all of an academic year. A student repeating the year shall be on academic probation for the entire academic year and must take and pass all courses in that year’s curriculum. No student shall be permitted to repeat more than one year.

5. Mandatory tutorial assistance.

6. Academic probation. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, the student will be automatically placed on academic probation. The Committee may also elect to place a student on Academic Probation if the student has failed a course but has a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. A student on academic probation must pass all courses completed during the probation period of one to two terms and/or raise their grade point average to a 2.00 by the end of the term specified.

In order to be eligible for graduation from the CSPM, a student must have cleared all failing grades and
have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000.

7, Mandatory Counseling. The Committee reserves the right to recommend that the student be evaluated for academic and/or personal counseling.
8. Resignation as an officer in a class, the Student Council, a club or an organization.
9. Medical Leave of Absence
(Regulations Governing Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review – Continued)

10. Suspension for a finite or an indefinite period of time.
11. Dismissal from the college.

To hold an office in a class, the Student Council, a club or an organization, a student must maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Decision of the Committee
The decision of the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee will be sent by e-mail or U.S. mail to the student within five (5) working days of the meeting. Letters of dismissal and letters that require a student to repeat an academic year shall be sent via certified mail as well as e-mail to the student at the address currently on file with the Registrar. The Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee reserves the right to amend a decision based upon the addition of new material.
Appeal Procedure
If the student does not agree with the decision of the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee the student may appeal to the CSPM Dean for Academic Affairs. This meeting must be scheduled within 10 working days upon receipt of the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee’s notification. In the case of a student who has been recommended for dismissal from the CSPM, the student may make a final appeal to the SMC Academic Vice President and Provost. Please refer to the SMC Catalog/Handbook for the Petition and Appeal process. Students must continue to attend classes and/or any clinical rotation assignments until the final appeal decision has been made.
To initiate the appeal hearing with the CSPM Dean for Academic the student must:
Contact the CSPM Academic Dean to schedule an appeal appointment time and advise the Dean that they are appealing the decision of the Student Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee. This will ensure that the appropriate academic records are obtained prior to the meeting with the Academic Dean.

Following the appeal meeting with the Academic Dean, notification of the final decision shall be mailed by the Academic Dean’s office to the student within five (5) working days. A copy of the decision will also be forwarded to the Special Assistant to the President, the Office of the Registrar, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Annual Global Review Process
At the end of each term, a Student Global Review will be performed by the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee. Fourth year students will be reviewed at the end of the fall semester with a final review conducted during the spring semester of the student’s final term at the College to determine suitability for entrance into the podiatric medical profession. The Global Review, which is not generated by academic problems, is conducted for all students in an effort to remediate problems when a student has exhibited inappropriate professional or ethical conduct or has demonstrated inappropriate personal attributes during the review period.
All full-time faculty members will be queried about non-academic concerns of students that may need to be remedied. Other relevant instructors, clinical faculty, externship directors or other college officials in the CSPM/SMC community may also be asked to provide input.


Excused Absences from Exams/Mandatory Classes or Class Meetings/Mandatory Labs/Clinical Rotation Assignments
If a student is unable to attend an examination, a mandatory class or class meeting, a required laboratory or any clinical rotation (see page 19 for the complete policy on absences from rotations) due to illness or an unexpected event which could not have been anticipated prior to receipt of the exam or other schedule, the student must report this fact, in advance, either in person or by telephone to the Special Assistant to the President. The number to call is (510) 869-8742. If you call before or after office hours, you should leave a message on the voice mail. If you will miss a clinical rotation assignment for any reason, you must also contact the department responsible for the applicable clinical rotation to notify them about the absence. The Special Assistant to the President may require documentation if a pattern of absences suggests that the student is chronically abusing the excused absence policy due to illnesses and/or to substantiate absence requests for non-illness reasons.
If the Special Assistant to the President approves the excused absence, an official approval notification will be sent to the applicable department and to the student. Upon completion of examinations, departments will forward the names of unexcused students to the Special Assistant to the President. Excused absence requests for students going to professional meetings (e.g., APMSA; CPMA, etc.) will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Excused absences will be closely monitored and the Special Assistant to the President will maintain a record of all students who miss examinations, mandatory classes, laboratories and clinical rotations.
If a student does not provide advance notification of an absence, the student will not be allowed to make-up the missed exam/class/lab and a failing grade will be recorded for the examination, class or lab. If a student has any unexcused absences while on a clinical rotation assignment, the student will be subject to a failure for the rotation. If, during the academic year, a student misses two examinations due to excused absences, a warning letter will be mailed to the student. If a third absence from an examination occurs during the same academic year, the student will be referred to the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee for review.
Late Entry to Exams
If a student arrives at the College late for a scheduled examination and the first examination form has not yet been completed and turned in, the student must immediately contact the instructor. Then, at the discretion of the instructor the student may be allowed to enter the examination room and sit for the examination. However, the student will still be required to complete the examination by the originally scheduled ending time. If the first examination has been turned in, students will not be allowed to enter or exit and re-enter the examination room for any reason. Students who arrive after the first exam has been turned in must proceed immediately to the CSPM Academic Office for instructions.
Make Up Exams
If a student arrives after the first exam has been turned in, or if a student misses an examination due to negligence or for reasons other than a documented illness or catastrophic event, the student may be allowed to take a make up examination. However, the student’s grade for the examination will be reduced by 10% (e.g., original exam grade is 83%, the grade will be adjusted downward to 73%).
Students who receive an approved excused absence from an examination will be allowed to take a make up exam without penalty. The course instructor has the option of giving the make up exam in any manner deemed appropriate including oral or essay examinations, adding additional questions to the final examination, or giving the examination in front of a panel of three faculty members. In addition, the student must arrange to take the make up examination immediately upon return from the excused absence, but no later than five working days from their return to CSPM. The date and time for make up exams or re-examinations shall be set by the course coordinator.
If a student misses a special scheduled workshop, clinical rotation practical examination, etc., due to an excused absence, the student will be allowed to make up the missed work on a date specified by the Department Chair. If the

(Policy on Excused Absences – Continued)

student does not receive an approved excused absence or the student is absent due to negligence, the student will be allowed to make up the missed work on a date specified by the Department Chair. However, the student also will be required to attend two homeless clinic assignments and forward to the Special Assistant to the President two Attendance Verification forms signed by the homeless clinic supervising clinician.
Policy on Excused Absences for Missing Clinical Rotations
Excused Absence for Illness
If you will miss a Clinical Rotation Assignment due to an illness, you MUST contact the Special Assistant to the President in advance (or as soon as feasibly possible) to indicate that you will be absent due to an illness. The number to call is (510) 869-8742. Once your notification regarding the illness has been received the responsible department will be notified. In addition once the Special Assistant to the President has approved and recorded the absence, both the student and the academic department will be notified about the approval.

Excused Absence from Clinical Rotation for Elective Reasons
If you need to miss a Clinical Rotation Assignment for an elective reason, you must do the following:

1. At least five working days prior to the requested absence date contact the Special Assistant to the President via e-mail (, by telephone (510) 869-8742, or in person to provide the specifics regarding the requested absence.

2. If the request is approved by the Special Assistant to the President, an e-mail approval notification will be sent to the student and to the applicable Department Director.

3. Upon receipt of the approval notification the student will be directed to contact the rotation supervisor to make sure that alternate coverage is available during the student’s absence.

If a student receives approval to be excused from clinical rotation assignments for three (3) or more clinic days in any one month period of time, then at the discretion of the rotation supervisor the student may be required to make up the missed clinic time. Approved absences to attend CRIP(s) will be considered administrative leave time and will not be counted as clinic time missed. Students who exhibit patterns of missing clinical rotation assignments on a regular basis will be sent a Warning Notice. Should the behavior continue, the student will be subject to review by the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee. If a student has any unexcused absences while on a clinical rotation assignment, the student will be subject to a failure for the rotation.

A Basic Science Alternative Program has been developed for students who need additional time to complete the first year of the Basic Science curriculum. On a case-by-case basis students in the second year may be approved to complete the regular year two of the Basic Science/Clinical curriculum in two years.
1. Students will be evaluated for the program by the Chair of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and the Special Assistant to the President by mid-October.

a. Those students who fall into the following groups will be considered eligible for the Basic Science Alternative Program:

(1) Students doing unsatisfactory work due to poor study skills or are academically under-prepared.

(2) Students doing unsatisfactory work because they require part-time employment that may compromise study time.

(3) Students doing unsatisfactory work because of family problems which require time for their resolution.

(4) Students who develop medical problems, which can be resolved with time.

(5) Students who have been out of school for a period of time and need re-acclimation to academics.

b. Students not eligible for the program are:

(1) Students doing unsatisfactory work due to negative attitudes, lack of motivation, or other problems not necessarily resolved by time.

(2) Students wishing time for elective employment, for elective research, etc.

(3) Students who are doing clearly satisfactory work.

2. Basic Science Alternative Program Requirements:

a. Students in the program must maintain a “C” grade in each course taken during the time they are
enrolled in the Basic Science Alternative Program.

b. Student enrolled in the Basic Science Alternative Program, for academic reasons, may not hold an office in a class or organization.

c. If a student in the program receives less than a “C” in any course, the student’s academic record will be reviewed by the Performance, Promotion and Global Review Committee.

(Basic Science Alternative Program – Continued)

Academic deficiency recommendations may include:

§ Re-examination, which must be passed with a grade of at least a “C”.

§ Dismissal from the college.

§ Mandatory tutorial and/or counseling assistance.

§ Mandatory attendance at review sessions.

§ Counseling. The committee reserves the right to recommend that the student be scheduled for
both academic and personal counseling.

§ Resignation from class or student body office held and/or no participation in extracurricular activities.

§ Medical leave of absence.

d. Students admitted to the Basic Science Alternative Program are required to sign an agreement
acknowledging the courses to be taken as well as the academic stipulations governing the
Basic Science Alternative program.

e. Students in the Basic Science Alternative Program are generally not allowed to repeat the year.
Upon successful completion of the first and second year (or in a few instances the second and
third year), the student’s academic performance will be evaluated as stated in the policy for the
regular four year curriculum.

f. Students on the Basic Science Alternative Program who have at least a 3.000 grade point may
petition to take one or more second year clinical rotation(s) between the first and second year of the BSAP program.


Each student admitted to CSPM is expected to have established the highest concepts of honor and personal integrity. The student is expected to maintain these concepts during both their education career and while in practice as a podiatric physician.

All CSPM students are expected to obey the law, to show respect for properly constituted authority, and to observe correct standards of conduct. The out-of-classroom activity of students should indicate the personal integrity and the professional character of the individual.

Since the value of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree depends on the absolute integrity of the work done by the students for the degree, it is imperative that students maintain the highest standard of individual honor during their academic career.

As an individual prepares for the professional practice of podiatric medicine:

A. The student must pledge to prepare for a lifelong commitment to serve humanity.

B. The student must pledge to give the faculty, administrators and staff the respect and gratitude which is their due.

C. Students should attend to their educational and clinical training responsibilities with conscience and dignity; the acquisition of knowledge and skills about patient care should be a matter of first priority and concern.

D. Student must keep foremost in mind their professional obligations and maintain, by all means in their power, the honor and noble traditions of the profession of podiatric medicine and remember that their colleagues will be their professional peers.

E. Student must never permit personal prejudice to stand between duty and their responsibility as a podiatric medical student.

F. Student must maintain the utmost respect for human health and dignity and must never use their medical knowledge and/or professional skills contrary to the Hippocratic Oath.

G. The principle objective of the podiatric medical profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of all persons. Each podiatric medical student should aspire to become a physician who merits the confidence to patients entrusted to their care.


In some instances students may have a concern specific to the CSPM, which does not pertain to a violation of college policies or procedures although the problem, situation and/or issue may need to be addressed. In this regard the following informal complaint procedures may be used.

§ Concerns/comments can be forwarded to class officers to discuss with academic department chairs or college officials.

§ Concerns/comments/suggestions can be forwarded to CPMSA student body officers who meet regularly with institutional officials.

§ Faculty Advisors are available to discuss issues and offer guidance to students who experience problems.

§ Students may wish to meet with other College officials to have their concerns addressed.


If a student wishes to file a formal complaint against the College they may do so by contacting:

Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-1698
(301) 571-9200

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9001


The California School of Podiatric Medicine within Samuel Merritt College reaffirms the established policy of the institution to conduct its educational program without discrimination by reason of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnic group identification, handicap or disability. In accordance with this policy, physically challenged students who otherwise meet the admissions qualifications are not precluded from consideration for admission, matriculation and continuation at the College.
The College has successfully worked with a number of students who needed accommodations because of a disability. Therefore, any student who believes that they may require accommodations or other assistance in the educational program because of a handicap or disability is encouraged to contact Diane Hansen, Coordinator of Academic and Disabled Student Support Services, for assistance.
Every applicant who seeks admission to CSPM is expected to possess those intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. Once enrolled at CSPM, each candidate for the DPM degree must be able to consistently, quickly and accurately integrate all information received, perform in a reasonably independent manner, and must have the ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize applicable data. When requested by a student who is physically challenged, the College will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations. However, in doing so, CSPM must maintain the integrity of its curriculum and preserve those elements deemed essential to the acquisition of general knowledge in all areas of the basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, and to the demonstration of the basic skills requisite for the practice of podiatric medicine.
Therefore, in order to complete the podiatric medical curriculum the California School of Podiatric Medicine expects each student to meet certain minimal technical standards and requirements as follows:
1. Observation: Candidates and students must have sufficient vision to be able to observedemonstrations, experiments and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences, including computer assisted instruction. They must be able to view images via a microscope and to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

2. Communication: Candidates and students should be able to speak, hear and observe in order to effectively be involved in the didactic learning process in the basic medical sciences and clinical science courses. Candidates and students must be able to elicit information, examine patients, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, perceive nonverbal communications, and be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. Therefore, they must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form in order to be adequately evaluated in all courses and clinical rotation assignments.

3. Motor: Students must be able to perform maneuvers necessary to do a proper physical examination and to perform fine motor skill tasks with proficient use of instruments such as scissors, clamps, scalpel or drill. Candidates and students should possess sufficient motor function to execute the necessary movements to participate in the laboratory portion of the basic science courses, and to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways and the suturing of simple wounds. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

4. Sensory: Since podiatric medical candidates and students need enhanced ability in their sensory skills, it would be necessary to thoroughly evaluate for candidacy individuals who are otherwise qualified but who have significant tactile sensory or proprioceptive disabilities. This would include individuals with significant previous burns, sensory motor deficits, cicatrix formation and many malformations of the upper extremities.

5. Strength and Mobility: Podiatric medical treatment often requires sufficient upper extremity and body strength. Therefore, individuals with significant limitations in these areas would be unlikely to succeed. Mobility to attend to emergency codes and to perform such maneuvers as CPR is also required.

6. Visual Integration: Consistent with the ability to assess asymmetry, range of motion tissue texture changes, it is necessary to have adequate visual capabilities for proper evaluation and treatment integration.

7. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Problem solving and critical thinking are necessary skills for the podiatric medical student. In addition, candidates and students should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.

8. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and evidence mature and sensitive relationships with faculty, staff, and patients. They must be able to promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. Candidates and students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Candidates and students are expected to possess and be able to demonstrate the highest level of ethical and professional behavior. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are also personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes.



To provide a productive channel of communication between CSPM students and faculty members

The Education Committee for each class shall be composed of a class-elected Education Committee Chairperson and the members of the class who volunteer to serve on the Education Committee.


The Education Committee for each class will meet according to the schedule voted on at the time of the first official meeting of the body. Attendance of fifty (50%) of the Course Representatives shall
constitute a quorum .


The Education Committee shall vote on challenging exam questions only when concrete evidence (from a text, journal, or lecture tape) against the validity of the questions has not been provided by the student. Other votes may be held as deemed necessary.


The Education Committee shall:

A. Present the students’ opinion to the faculty concerning the challenging of exam questions and any other academic matters brought to the Education Committee by the students.

B. Compile a report utilizing the comments and recommendations collected from the class regarding the courses and clinical rotations to be presented during the CSPM Curriculum Review process.


The Chair shall:

A. See that the Education Committee functions properly, as defined above, and with the students’ best interest in mind.

B. Supervise the election of Vice-Chair within the committee to assure that there are at least two representative to each of the semester’s courses.

C. Set the agenda for and conduct the weekly Education Committee meetings.

D. Represent the best interest of the class at the bi-annual Curriculum Reviews and verbally inform the class of any curriculum changes, announcements, or deadlines affecting the academic well-being of the class.

E. Vote only in the case of a tie on any motion requiring a vote.

F. Monitor the performance of committee members and make suggestions to the committee on how to improve their performances.
The Vice-Chair shall:

A. Set up and maintain a calendar for public display, outlining all important academic events concerning the class.

B. Carry out the duties and responsibilities of the chairperson if he/she becomes unable to carry out said duties and responsibilities.

C. Take minutes of the Education Committee meetings, post them for public display, and maintain a file.

D. Post a list of course representatives and their phone numbers.

E. Provide an adequate supply of complaint forms for class use.

F. Perform any other duties delegated by the chair.

The Course Representatives shall:

A. Meet as needed with the course instructor/coordinator to discuss:

1. Committee approved exam question challenges.
2. Students’ concerns and complaints.
3. Clarification of lectures, handouts, and administrative procedures.
4. Study aids.

B. Announce results of meetings with professors, during that perspective class time.



Prior to the start of each academic year the President of the CPMSA must identify and prepare for the CSPM administration a list of all of the eligible CSPM clubs/organizations, the names of the class/club/organization officers, and the name of the Faculty/Staff Advisor. Once this list has been received in the CSPM Academic Office, the classes/clubs/organizations may reserve SMC facilities for events through the CSPM Administrative Assistant. Approval by the CSPM Dean’s Council is required to hold events on campus in the following instances:

1. Events that include:

a. Bringing outside presenters and/or groups on campus.

b. Scheduling events before or after business hours (after 5:00 p.m. or before 7: 00 a.m., or on weekends or holidays).

2. If one or more of the above apply:

a. The club/organization representative must obtain and complete a “Special Event Approval Form”, which is available from the CSPM Administrative Assistant.

b. The “Special Event Approval Form” will then be forwarded to the CSPM Dean’s Council for review an approval.

c. Once the event has been approved by the CSPM Dean’s Council, the “Special Event Approval Form” will be returned to the CSPM Administrative Assistant for confirmation of facility availability and classroom(s) assignment. A copy of the approval form with a notation of the assigned classroom(s) will be sent to the student representative.

d. The scheduled event will be listed on the CSPM Events Calendar.


The primary purpose of the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College is to offer the depth and breadth of education necessary for the development of professional competent practitioners of podiatric medicine. CSPM carries out its mission by creating a professional atmosphere and a teaching/learning/working environment favorable to a student’s growth.
If CSPM is to achieve and maintain the position of leadership to which it aspires in podiatric medical education, it must stress the development of quality of its graduates. In the process of becoming a physician, a student begins to earn the respect of the general public. This respect, which is part of the essence of trust and confidence that a doctor must receive, depends on many factors - not the least of which is personal appearance. For these reasons, this CSPM community (students, faculty, staff and administration) has formulated a set of guidelines on personal appearance.
Students in the classrooms, laboratories, library and hallways must wear appropriate attire – neatness and cleanliness are expected at all times. Shoes must be worn in all facilities while on campus. Tank tops, jogging shorts, blue jean cut-offs are not considered appropriate attire.

When on clinical rotation assignments male students must wear shirts and ties (or dress buttoned collarless shirts) and a white clinic coat; female students must wear dresses, blouses and skirts or slacks and a white clinic coat.

As an alternative, on some rotations students may be allowed to wear scrubs with a white clinic coat. Blue jeans, sneakers or sandals are not acceptable in the clinics.

All students on clinical rotations shall wear the official College I.D., or appropriate name tag onthe breast pocket of the clinic jacket or clothing at all times.

Because equipment and medical instruments are routinely used in all clinical rotations, studentsare required to maintain their hairstyles in a manner that reduces the possibility of personalinjury.

If a student is required to leave the campus or a clinical rotation for non-compliance of the dress code, this will result in an unexcused absence for the day.


If a student has been approved to go to one of the out-of-state Core clinical training programs and subsequently fails a course in the spring semester and/or is placed on academic or disciplinary probation during the third year, the student will be required to remain in the San Francisco Bay Area for the fourth year. If the student moves to an out-of-state location before the failing grade has been received or before probation has been placed, the student will be allowed to complete the month of June at the program as an externship. The student will then be required to return to the San Francisco Bay Area for the remainder of the academic year
A student who transfers to the California School of Podiatric Medicine for the second year of study may apply for participation in the remote site clinical training program. However, each transfer student’s request will be reviewed for approval to participate on a case-by-case basis,


Policy: Change of Scheduled Core Rotation/Clerkship

Once the fourth year Rotation/Clerkship schedules have been completed and approved all rotation and Clerkship assignments are firm commitments. Changes will only be considered in extreme emergency situations that could not have been originally anticipated. Please note that changes in schedules because of financial aid reasons will not be accepted as an unexpected emergency reason. If an unexpected emergency does arise and the student wishes to request a change in their Rotation/Clerkship schedule, all of the following steps must be taken at least four weeks prior to the change:
1. The student must complete a Change of Clerkship Form, which must include an approval signature from the Clerkship Program from which the student wants to be released, and an approval signature from the Clerkship Program that will replace the original program.

2. The request will be reviewed by the CSPM Dean’s Council for approval.
3. Under no circumstances shall a student change a Rotation or Clerkship program or fail to attend the scheduled Rotation or Clerkship assignment in question until final approval has been granted by the CSPM Dean’s Council.


Curricular Innovations

Not content to stand idle as the leaders in podiatric medical education, the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College faculties have worked hard to dramatically revise its educational curriculum. The impact of the changes was immediate and far-reaching. But why change a successful formula when our already well-qualified graduates have distinguished themselves throughout the profession? The simple answer is that we feel it is imperative to stay ahead by making our curriculum even stronger. To be successful in the changing health care system our graduates will need to have improved patient management skills. Curricular innovations have accomplished the following goals:

1. Reduced the number of classroom, hours and expanded the number of patient contact hours.
2. Introduced patient care and fundamental skills at an earlier time in the curriculum.
3. Expanded the use of new and effective teaching methodologies.
4. Integrated Basic and Clinical Sciences more thoroughly.
5. Focused more clearly on student learning.

To accomplish these goals, redundant materials have been removed, non-essential material eliminated or changed to a self-directed format, and the entire clinical experience has been revamped. Fundamental patient care skills are taught in the first year as students receive their first programmed patient contact. Clinical rotations begin in the sophomore year with clinic assignments in various outpatient clinics and in ambulatory community settings. Third year students assume full patient care responsibilities as they rotate through private offices and other hospitals in the Bay Area.

For fourth year students, CSPM has established a network of outstanding Core Clinical Campuses from which students may select a training site for the final year of podiatric medical training. These centers of excellence are located in San Francisco, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington. The result of all these changes is that students from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) are better prepared to excel as they enter residency training.

CSPM Learning Outcome Objectives

Students completing the DPM program will:

1. Value the inherent dignity and worth of individuals as unique and holistic beings.

2. Integrate theory and knowledge from the foundation physical and behavioral sciences, and podiatric medicine and surgery, in making clinical judgments and in practicing podiatric medicine and surgery as they enter post-graduate residency training.

3. Demonstrate appropriate novice level use of the problem solving and medical diagnostic processes to provide podiatric medical and surgical care for individuals, groups, families, and communities as hey enter post-graduate training.

4. Facilitates promotion, maintenance, and restoration of heath for culturally diverse individuals of all ages.

5. Interpret research findings for application to podiatric medical practice in a variety of health care settings.

6. Assume professional responsibility and accountability for practice within legal and ethical standards of the podiatric medical profession.

7. Collaborate with other health professionals and the community to promote the delivery of quality health care services.

8. Demonstrate commitment to professional values through continuing education, participation in professional organizations, and community service.

9. Act as an advocate for health care rights for individuals, groups, families, and communities.

10. Facilitate change in meeting present and future societal health needs through the use of leadership skills and knowledge of the political system.

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree Program

The educational program leading to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree consists of a comprehensive curriculum in the basic medical and clinical sciences. The didactic course work is completed during the first three years of the program. Clinical rotations begin at the start of the second academic year in May. During the summer months, second year students begin to participate in clinical rotations, which cover mechanical orthopedics, radiology, general and primary podiatric medicine. The majority of the third year and the entire fourth year are devoted to clinical rotations at inpatient and outpatient facilities, outside externships at affiliated Bay Area medical centers and throughout the United States, and community practice clerkships.

Students, who successfully complete the four year podiatric medical curriculum, take and pass the End-of-the-Year Comprehensive Examinations, the 3rd Year Practical Examinations, the 4th Year OSCE Examination, the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examinations, as required, and receive approval for graduation by the appropriate administration and faculty may be granted the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Applications for graduation are available from the Office of the Registrar during the spring semester of the fourth year.

The four-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree follows:


Fall Semester Units

Introduction to Human Anatomy/ 3.0
Human Embryology
Human Anatomy I 5.0
Physiology I 4.0
Biochemistry I 3.0
Histology 5.0

Spring Semester Units

Lower Extremity Anatomy 5.0
Human Anatomy II 5.0
Physiology II 4.0
Biochemistry II 3.0
Neuroscience 5.0
Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2.0

Fall Semester Units

General Medicine I 3.0
Biomechanics I 2.0
Radiology I 1.0
Podiatric Surgery I 2.0
Microbiology 4.0
Pathology I 3.0
Pharmacology I 4.0
Research Methods 3.0

Spring Semester Units

General Medicine II 2.0
Biomechanics II 2.0
Radiology II 1.0
Podiatric Surgery II 3.0
Podiatric Medicine 2.0
Immunology 3.0
Pathology II 3.0
Pharmacology II 4.0


Students will complete clinical rotation assignments in the following inpatient, outpatient and specialty clinical facilities:

Rotation Name
Months in Rotation
Units of Credit
Highland General Hospital
Laguna Honda Hospital/Radiology/Homeless Clinics
2nd Year Podiatry/Parnassus Clinic
Biomechanics Workshop
2nd Year Medicine Rotation
Emergency Room Rotation



Fall Semester Units

General Medicine III 4.0
Podiatric Surgery III 2.0
Biomechanics III 2.0
Public Health/Jurisprudence 2.0
Dermatology I 1.5
Spring Semester Units

General Medicine IV 2.0
Podiatric Trauma 2.0
Pediatrics 2.0
Dermatology II 1.5
Neurology 2.0
Sports Medicine 1.0


Third year students will complete the following clinical rotation assignments at affiliated Bay Area medical centers, outpatient facilities and community practice clerkships:

Rotation Name
Months in Rotation
Units of Credit
Surgery – Operating Room – Biomechanics
Diabetic and Wound Care
Highland Hospital/Radiology
3rd Year Medicine
Private Office Clerkship



For the 2004/2005 academic year fourth year students have elected to base their fourth year at the CSPM/San Francisco Core, or at other Core sites, which are located at health science centers including: VA Albuquerque Medical Center; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; VA Tacoma/Madigan Army Hospital; Baptist Hospital/VA Phoenix; and VA San Francisco.

Students receive 4 units of credit for each month they complete a rotation or externship. A total of 48 units of credit are required to complete the fourth year curriculum.

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