The CSPM Podiatry Experience: Summer Immersion Program

July 24 - July 26, 2019

The California School of Podiatric Medicine is proud to sponsor a three-day podiatry workshop that provides participants with an opportunity to explore the profession of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

Check out photos from a previous workshop!

During the Podiatry Experience workshop, you will:

  • Have an invaluable learning experience and opportunity to explore the profession of Podiatry
  • Shadow faculty and students in a variety of clinical settings
  • Participate in organized lectures covering the correlation between podiatric medicine and basic sciences
  • Participate in a MCAT workshop
  • Learn about the CSPM Admission process, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
  • Hands-on clinical day learning how to cast and suture, sports medicine taping techniques, and more!

How does one qualify for the workshop?

Successful applicants will have 40 or more credit hours completed by an accredited undergraduate institution and may not have been previously enrolled in a school of podiatric medicine. Your all-college GPA will be taken in consideration, since there is limited space, expect acceptance to be competitive.

How many students are accepted to the Workshop?

Participation in the Podiatry Experience Workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Where does the Workshop take place?

The Podiatry Experience Workshop will be held on the main campus of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.

Are there scholarships available for program participants?

For out of state participants, we anticipate there will be travel scholarships available to help offset the cost of participation in the program; students who live locally will be eligible for a small monetary stipend to help cover travel expenses.  Recipients will be notified of scholarships at the time of acceptance.

Will there be other out of pocket expenses I can expect as part of the program?

Yes.  All participants are responsible for overnight housing costs (hotel) and meals outside the program.  Most days breakfast and lunch are included as part of the program.  Travel to/from campus and parking will be your responsibility. 

How do I apply for the Summer Immersion Program?

Applications are submitted online. Letters of reference will need to be submitted manually or via email using the form provided below. Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended should be transfered into one document and uploaded with your application. Click here to submit your application. 

Where can I find the letter of reference form? 

The letter of recommendation form is available here

Letters of reference must be submitted to:

Dr. David Tran
CSPM Podiatry Experience Workshop
450 30th Street, Suite 2860
Oakland, CA 94609

Letters of reference can also be emailed to

When is the application deadline?

May 15, 2019

When will you know if you've been accepted to the workshop?

Successful participants will be notified by May 31, 2019 by email. Although subject to change, here is a sample agenda for the workshop.

Should you have questions regarding the “CSPM Podiatry Experience: Summer Immersion Program,” please forward questions to:

David Tran, DPM, MS
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Admission and Director of Graduate Placement
California School of Podiatric Medicine
P: 510.879.9218

In less than two years, my family has a better life. It was a fast program and I spent many nights studying after the kids went to bed, but now I’ve got a lot to show for it: A new career Alejandra Villegas FNP
Our background in sports and passion for physical performance drove us to study the science of human movement. Tino and Tron Tino & Tron Hardy Physical Therapy
So many foot problems can be successfully treated if they are identified early, and corrective measures are taken. Then, there are patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require specialized, ongoing foot care. We see everything in our clinics. Samantha Ralstin Samantha Ralstin Podiatric Medicine

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