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The Current State of Emergency Medical Training in US Schools of Podiatric Medicine

David A. Wald Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

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Alvin Wang Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

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John Suh Department of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

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Jane Pontious Department of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

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Background

There is no information available in the medical literature regarding emergency medical training in the podiatric medicine predoctoral curriculum. This study was undertaken to describe the current state of emergency medical training in US schools of podiatric medicine.

Methods

A Web-based descriptive survey was developed to assess course logistics, the curricular topics covered, and the teaching methods used. All of the US schools of podiatric medicine were surveyed.

Results

Completed surveys were returned from all nine schools. All of the institutions incorporate training on the management of medical emergencies into their predoctoral curricula. Four schools (44.4%) reported initiating this training before 2000. All of the schools incorporate a didactic (lecture) component, and eight (88.9%) incorporate a clinical (hands-on) component into their training.

Conclusions

All of the schools of podiatric medicine in the United States incorporate emergency medical training into their predoctoral curriculum. However, despite some similarities across institutions, there seems to be variation regarding curricular topics, didactic teaching, and methods of teaching the material.

Corresponding author: David A. Wald, DO, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, 1316 W Ontario St, Jones Hall 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19140. (E-mail: waldda@tuhs.temple.edu)