Following four years of podiatric medical school, graduates of colleges of podiatric medicine enter postgraduate residency programs that are conducted under the sponsorship of health-care institutions. Residencies afford residents structured learning experiences in patient management along with training in the diagnosis and care of podiatric pathology.  

Residency training provides a combination of medical and surgical experiences that are competency-based. Podiatric medical graduates select a 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) that includes training in rear foot and ankle surgery. A residency also provides an interdisciplinary experience with rotations such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, infectious disease, surgery, ER and pediatrics.

All entry-level residency programs are required to participate in a national, centralized application and matching service such as the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR). The matching program is similar to that of allopathic medicine. Students may apply through the CASPR to save time and money during their residency search.

Council on Podiatric Medical Education

The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) is an autonomous, professional accrediting agency designated by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to serve as the accrediting agency in the profession of podiatric medicine. The Council evaluates, accredits, and approves educational institutions and programs. 

CPME List of Approved Residency Programs


The Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) is a national residency application and matching service for podiatric medical and surgical residencies and has been serving applicants and residency programs since 1976. CRIP is the Centralized Residency Interview Program that brings residency programs and residency applicants together in one location for interviews.

The CASPR Directory of Residency Programs allows students to see details about programs that are participating in CASPR. 

CASPR Directory of Residency Programs

For more information, visit CASPR and CRIP.  

Transition to Residency

Find support for life after podiatric medical college from the resources available here. It’s never too soon to explore these tools.

Residency Interviews