American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
 
 

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) is a national educational organization that represents the nine accredited U.S. colleges of podiatric medicine as well as over 200 hospitals and organizations that conduct graduate training in podiatric medicine. The Association serves as a national forum for the exchange of ideas, issues information and concerns relating to podiatric medical education.

The AACPM administers several national service programs, including 1) the DPM Mentors Network, which matches interested students with practicing podiatrists and current podiatric students, 2) a centralized application service known as AACPMAS which processes all applications submitted for admission to the colleges of podiatric medicine, 3) the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR), an application and matching service for fourth year students interested in applying for residency positions in teaching hospitals and surgery centers and 4) the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP) whose interview process provides a means of saving time and money as hospital faculty and residency candidates interview together in one major city during one six-day period in January. AACPM staff also support the activities of the Associationís Board of Directors and several Councils representing member colleges and residency programs.

AACPM's vision is to ensure, through collaboration and other appropriate means, that academic podiatric medicine is a vibrant community of schools and residency programs and other entities staffed with administrators, teachers and researchers capable of educating and training a podiatric workforce relevant to the needs of the public, generating new biomedical knowledge and providing academically based health services.  The Mission of AACPM is to serve as the leader in facilitating and promoting excellence in podiatric medical education leading to the delivery of the highest quality lower extremity healthcare to the public.

AACPM is an Affiliated Organization of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), which represents practicing podiatric physicians in the USA.