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College of Podiatric Medicine

Welcome to the Samuel Merritt University College of Podiatric Medicine, one of just 11 schools of podiatric medicine in the U.S. We take pride in being a national leader in podiatric education and patient care.

A National Leader in Podiatric Medicine

Over 100 Years of Excellence
At Samuel Merritt University's College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM), you'll receive a comprehensive education that blends core medical and clinical sciences. Our program has a long tradition of excellence, established in 1914, we have over 100 years of history and successful alumni in all areas of podiatric medicine — leadership, research, product innovation.

Accelerated Learning
Our robust podiatry-forward curriculum accelerates your practical understanding, giving you hands-on learning starting in the second year, a whole year earlier than comparable programs. At Samuel Merritt University's College of Podiatric Medicine, you'll be able to gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful podiatrist.

Urban Environment
We are located in Oakland, California, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to a diverse group of patients. You'll be able to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting, giving you the experience you need to succeed in the field of podiatric medicine.

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At the College of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, we believe that every step counts. Our program is dedicated to training compassionate and skilled podiatrists who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals through specialized foot and ankle care.

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SMU Success

We have a rich tradition of educating skilled and compassionate health professionals.

We Embrace Diversity

84% of SMU students come from diverse backgrounds.


Graduation Rate

Average for the past four years


Current Clinical Placement Rate

99% of SMU-CPM graduates have successfully obtained a residency over the past 20 years.


The College of Podiatric Medicine faculty are committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment that encourages active student engagement and critical thinking. They employ a variety of teaching methods including lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions, case-based discussions, and clinical rotations to ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of podiatric medicine.

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Eric Stamps

DPM Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine

Cherri S. Choate

DPM Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

Tim Dutra

DPM Assistant Professor

David Tran

DPM Assistant Professor Associate Dean of Admission
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