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School of Podiatric Medicine

General Information About the School

Welcome to the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine's home on the Internet. The School of Podiatric Medicine was founded in 1985 with the purpose of graduating competent podiatric physicians qualified to enter post-graduate training. This is accomplished by excellence in podiatric medical education, fostering life-long learning, expressing a commitment to social justice by serving the local and global community through patient care, and encouraging research and innovation that promotes the common good.

Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine offers you the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree in four years. With a DPM, you are certified as a practitioner of podiatric medicine and become eligible to enter post-graduate residency training in podiatric medicine. Barry's program offers you some unique advantages; we invite you to explore our website further as you consider a career in podiatric medicine one of the most exciting and in-demand fields of medicine.

As a podiatric physician, you would treat conditions affecting the lower extremities, providing palliative, acute, and chronic care. Often the first to recognize arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, doctors of podiatric medicine engage in surgery on a regular basis — an opportunity not available in other medical fields.

Program Goals and Outcomes

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    Produce highly educated, competent, compassionate doctors of podiatric medicine.

    BUSPM will graduate students that demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to compete for placement in a post-graduate podiatric residency program.

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    Recruit and retain a diverse and qualified student body.

    Implement a more comprehensive admissions process that would contribute/enhance the diversity of the class; and Retain and graduate all matriculated students.

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    Increase visibility of BUSPM inside and outside the Barry community.

    Develop a sound marketing plan designed to raise awareness of the profession, the program, and careers and accomplishments of faculty; Develop a ‘pipeline to podiatric medicine’ program; and Increase faculty publications in scholarly journals.

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    Maintain a collaborative, productive learning environment that positively impacts Student experience.

    Enhance basic science experience; Enhance clinical rotation experience; Encourage faculty to engage in professional development; and Encourage staff to engage in professional development.

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    Increase alumni engagement.

    Strengthen existing alumni relations.

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Our Programs

  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

    The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is an intensive four-year medical curriculum designed to provide students with a broad base of medical knowledge and extensive clinical experience in podiatric medicine.

  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine / Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree

    Earn a Master of Business Administration while pursuing a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. This dual-degree program can be completed within the same 4 years of the traditional DPM program.

Latest News

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    7 Questions with Podiatric Medicine Student and Survivor Standout Deshawn Radden November 08, 2021

    7 Questions with Podiatric Medicine Student and Survivor Standout Deshawn Radden (’24).

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    Barry Alumnus Presents Research At Prestigious Conference June 25, 2021

    Barry University alumnus Edgar Sy presented his poster “CT Scan Necessary for Ankle Fracture Surgical Management and Post-Operative Care” at the annual American Colleges of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Conference May 2021 in Las Vegas.

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    Barry University Names Dr. Robert Snyder New Dean of Podiatric Medicine June 22, 2021

    Barry University is proud to share that Dr. Robert Snyder, an established authority in the field of podiatric medicine, will lead our School of Podiatric Medicine as Dean.

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    Inaugural Podiatry Skills Workshop Draws Student of All Levels June 22, 2021

    This spring, Carina Alexis, secretary of Barry University’s Forensic Podiatry Club, and Marie Cherline Atilus, president of the Podiatry Skills Club, joined forces to create an interactive workshop focused on building community and practicing essential podiatric skills.

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    Hippo Tech Device Gives Podiatry Students a Live Clinical Experience in the Classroom March 31, 2021

    Revolutionizing Barry University's Podiatric Classroom

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    Barry Professor Published in Leading Medical Journal February 17, 2021

    Barry professor Robert J. Snyder, DPM, Interim Dean, joined two other members of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association to write a rare editorial addressing negative effects of the pandemic on diabetics.

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    From Podopediatrics to Podiatric Sports Medicine: Explore the School of Podiatric Medicine's Successful Webinar Series Online January 29, 2021

    Barry’s School of Podiatric Medicine presented a successful, free webinar series in the fall of 2020. It’s now available online for all to view.

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    Nikil Ravishnkar’s Medical Journey into Podiatry December 14, 2020

    Nikil Ravishankar is a first-year student at Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine.

Clerkship and Post-Grad Training Office of Post-Graduate Placement and Clerkships

The Podiatric Medicine Program is an intensive four-year program designed to provide you with a broad base of medical knowledge and extensive clinical experience.

After graduation students are encouraged to continue preparing for their careers by pursuing a residency program. Although there are more residency positions than graduating students, the fact that there are unplaced graduates from previous years seeking residencies means that there is no guarantee that every graduating student will be successful in acquiring a residency program. For the past eight years, students in Barry University's Podiatric Medicine Program have had a consistent overall above-average performance on the National Board Examinations.

Caring and experienced professors who take a special interest in each student support the rigorous program. Barry University offers diversity unparalleled by any other school of podiatric medicine. Our program has the highest percentage of women and minority students of any podiatric medical school in the country. Barry University's Podiatric Medicine Program is one of only two schools to maintain association with an accredited, independent, comprehensive, coeducational University. At Barry, we believe in giving you a quality foundation for your professional career. The University has a rich history in the medical and health care sciences.

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School of Podiatric Medicine Continuing Education

The mission of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Continuing Education is to provide comprehensive continuing education to medical practitioners through appropriate learning activities. These activities will serve to develop or augment the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of health care providers as they provide services to patients, the public, and the profession. 

We will offer CE activities for physicians (DPM), athletic trainers, and physicians assistants as well as other medical providers who wish to attend the programs.Our offerings will include the following formats: lectures, audio and video taped programs, teleconferences, journal readings and internet programs.

Learn More

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.

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School of Podiatric Medicine Student Life

Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine offers its students a unique and gratifying environment. The School of Podiatric Medicine is one of the only two podiatric medical programs to be associated with a full university. Approximately 250 students are enrolled in the Podiatric Medicine Program.

The average podiatric medical class size is about 60-65 students. Our program has one of the lowest average class sizes among podiatric medical programs in the U.S. This means that we can offer you the advantages of a small, caring college environment paired with the benefits of a larger, university environment.

Barry also has the advantage of diversity. The Podiatric Medicine program has the highest percentage of women and minority students of any podiatric medical school in the country. The University is a leader in this area and was ranked Number 1 in the Campus Ethnic Diversity category for universities in the South offering master's programs, according to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report college ratings.

For eight consecutive years, US News and World Report has ranked Barry first for diversity among regional universities in the South. Barry was federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in May 2006 (applicable through 2011).

Podiatric Medical students have access on campus to library facilities, a computer lab, student lounge facilities, and indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. There is also a mentor's program designed to aid incoming students through the very demanding (albeit very rewarding) 1st and 2nd years of study.

Students are encouraged to participate fully in university life while at Barry University. Students wishing to start new clubs in the School of Podiatric Medicine should follow the policies and procedures that regulate on-campus student organizations. 

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  • Classes

    Small class sizes

  • Inclusive Community

    Diverse Campus

  • Experiential Learning

    Hands-on Experience

  • Facilities

    Exceptional Facilities

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School of Podiatric Medicine Faculty & Staff

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

School of Podiatric Medicine Accreditation

The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the podiatric medical education program and the continued commitment of the institution to support the educational program.

The Council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the U. S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

For further information, please contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at the following address:

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

Council on Podiatric Medical Education CPME Outcome data

The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

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Alumni Corner

School of Podiatric Medicine Grants & Giving

Our future at Barry University is brighter than ever, but we need our alumni and friends to partner with us at every level of involvement. We are committed to making you proud in all that we do as we strive to transform lives for a greater tomorrow.

Grant-writing and fund-raising are used to support the programs and activities of the School of Podiatric Medicine. 

These programs include:

  • The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center
  • Student Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Support of External Clinics
  • Humanitarian Surgical Programs (both in the United States and overseas)
  • The Yucatan Project to aid crippled children
  • Waves of the Future for ultrasound units
Waves of the Future

Barry Clinics Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute

Barry University has three dedicated, hospital-based, foot and ankle clinics in the greater Miami area. These are located at Mercy Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital. During the rigorous four-year podiatric medical school curriculum, students spend a portion of their third year rotating through these clinics.

The Barry University clinics provide state-of -the-art care and treatment for disorders of the foot and ankle. The clinics provide a center of excellence for teaching both students and residents of podiatric medicine. Our new Director of Clinical Education has implemented the latest technology to track and assess student performance in the clinical setting. High quality, ethical, personal care, utilizing evidence-based medicine is the standard for all clinics, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Each patient is personally attended to by board-certified university faculty members, medical students, and hospital residents.

In addition to the three Barry University clinics, podiatric medical students spend the remainder of their third year rotating through clinics with a diverse array of medical disciplines. These include general surgery, emergency room, wound care, internal medicine, orthotics, and radiology. The students interact with physicians and practitioners in a variety of clinical environments, and learn the essential critical thinking and decision-making skills that will ultimately make them a podiatric physician of high quality. Importantly, students learn the vital role that podiatric physicians play in the maintenance of good health.

Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute Clinical Trials in Wound Care

The Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute was established in 1986 as part of the clinical training component of the doctoral program in podiatric medicine.

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Outreach The Dr. Charles C. Southerland Jr. Yucatan Children's Project

The Dr. Charles C. Southerland Jr. Yucatan Children's Project began as an outgrowth of humanitarian relief to the Yucatan in 1988 after Hurricane Gilbert ripped through the region. Gilbert, a category 5 storm, left 500 people dead and widespread destruction. Relief aid to the region came from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Dr. Charles C. Southerland, working with other health care professionals and public officials in Mexico hoped to bring medical care to the crippled children in the Yucatan as an ongoing project.

 

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine offers its students many opportunities to volunteer in the local and global community consistent with the mission of the institution. Select third- and fourth-year students are permitted to participate in the Yucatan Project mission trips, which normally take place several times per year. The team usually consists of one surgeon, three residents and one student per trip.

More about the Yucatan Project

A humanitarian effort of the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine which provides indigent crippled children from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico with surgical care of deformed limbs.

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Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center

South Florida is saddled with one of the worst diabetic amputation rates in the nation – if not the world – and to battle the diabetic epidemic and its complications, the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine established the "Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center."

Doctors Paul and Margaret Brand are medical pioneers whose groundbreaking research, from Louisiana to India, made it possible for insensate patients, including those with leprosy and diabetes, to function normally despite enormous handicaps. The landmark Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University furthers the Brands' legacy by engaging in collaborative research to reduce diabetic foot complications, including ulcers and amputations.

"The mission of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center is to create a world-class research site utilizing the collaborative efforts of basic and clinical sciences," said Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, Director of the Paul and Margaret Brand Research Center. "The research will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals, enhancing Barry University's academic and scholarly reputation as well as the resident and student experience at Barry."

In 2008, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties reported more than 1,600 diabetic amputations, resulting in medical expenditures of more than $60 million. The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center will enable Barry University professors and students to conduct research studies to identify the best treatments to promote wound healing, reduce amputations and educate the public on prevention.

"The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center reflects the first step in Barry University's commitment to develop our Master Site Plan," said Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. "We anticipate that our research will provide patients with diabetic foot complications in South Florida and the world with a more hopeful future."

By the year 2050, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 of 3 adults in the United States will have diabetes. Through this new research center, Barry University commits itself to the battle against diabetes and its complications by engaging in innovative research that will help the almost 500,000 residents in South Florida affected by this disease.

"The mission of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center is to create a world-class research site utilizing the collaborative efforts of basic and clinical sciences," -Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, Director of the Paul and Margaret Brand Research Center

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