New Contribution to the California School of Podiatric Medicine Will Enhance Laboratory Learning

Samuel Merritt University



New Contribution to the California School of Podiatric Medicine Will Enhance Laboratory Learning


(January 8, 2013 — Oakland, Calif.)  Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has received a gift of $25,000 and a pledge of $100,000 more from Bako Pathology Services to benefit the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM).

The gift will equip a new clinical skills laboratory, which will replicate a patient treatment room and be used for both teaching and testing of podiatric skills. A portion of the funds will be used to upgrade audio-visual equipment in the existing anatomy lab, enabling students to better view dissection demonstrations and capture digital images for future instruction.

“CSPM is grateful to Dr. Bradley Bakotic, CEO of Bako Pathology Services, for this generous contribution which will significantly enhance our students’ experiences in acquiring both knowledge and clinical skills,” said Dr. John Venson, DPM, dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM).

Dr. Bakotic will also share his expertise in podiatric pathology with SMU students as an invited lecturer in the spring of 2013.


About California School of Podiatric Medicine: The California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) was founded in 1914 as the California School of Chiropody. The name was later changed to the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM). In  2002, CCPM merged with Samuel Merritt University and the name was changed to the California School of Podiatric Medicine. CSPM is committed to providing excellent education and training of podiatric physicians, quality health care, meaningful community service, and innovative research.

About Bako Pathology Services : Bako Pathology Services is a physician-owned provider of a wide array of pathology services ranging from histopathologic examination of bone, soft tissue, skin/nail unit, to microbiology and epidermal nerve fiber density testing. The company is based in Alpharetta, GA.



Samuel Merritt University has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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