The CSPM Podiatry Experience: Summer Immersion Program

Explore the field of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery while spending time in the SF Bay Area.  Talk to the students and faculty and find out if this rewarding profession fits you.  

In the interest of the health and safety or our community and visitors, the CSPM Summer Immersion Program scheduled for July 15-17, 2020 has been postponed. A short virtual session is being planned in lieu of the event. More details to come.

The CSPM Summer Immersion Program has been created for undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in podiatric medicine and surgery.  The 3-day program will include experiences focused on:

  • Biomechanics and Sports Medicine

                  Orthotic casting
                  Athletic taping
                  Gait evaluation

  • Surgery

                  X-ray evaluation

  • Medicine

                  Wound care

  • MCAT Workshop
  • Podiatry as a Profession

                  Student discussion groups
                  Faculty Q and A

  • CSPM Program specifics

The CSPM Summer Immersion experience fun and educational.  Below are some of the areas that you may want to explore in more detail:

This year's program has been postponed because of the pandemic. A short virtual event is being planned.

Date:  July 15-17, 2020

Times:  9-5 daily

Samuel Merritt University
450 30th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

 Limited to 25 participants

  • 40 or more hours from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Competitive undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • No previous enrollment in a school of podiatric medicine
  • Completed application by deadline
  • Completed letter of recommendation by deadline
  • Undergraduate transcripts sent by deadline

This year's program has been postponed because of the pandemic. A short virtual event is being planned.

Online submission process:

       Step 1: Click to go to Application

       Step 2: Click here to get Letter of Recommendation Form

       Step 3: Email Letter of Recommendation Form to:

                        Dr. David Tran:

       Step 4: Unofficial transcripts from all school attended should    be merged into one document and uploaded with your application

       Step 5: Successful participants will be notified by May 30, 2020 by email.  

May 15 // Application Deadline

May 31 // Electronic Notification of Selection

  • Enrollment for the program is free

  • You will be responsible for your hotel costs, and meals outside of the program.  

  • Travel to/from the campus will be your responsibility.

If you will be traveling from out of state, we anticipate there will be travel scholarships available to help offset the cost of participation in the program.  If you live locally, you will be eligible for a small monetary stipend to help cover travel expenses. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified at the time of acceptance to the program.     




Wednesday, PMOB 4004, 3050 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Check in, Breakfast

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Welcome Dr. David Tran

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Health Science Simulation Center

Presentation and Demonstration Dr. Bill Stiers, Dr. Nair

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Anatomy Lab Demonstration Dr. Rowan

Thursday, PMOB 4004 & L710, 3050 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Clinical Skills: Dr. Choate & Dr. Kwon

Casting/Suturing/Biomechanics & Sports taping

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM 2016 MCAT Overview and Updates Mr. Matt Evans

Altius Test Prep (Clyde L. Wixom, Regional Director, 623-363-6215 Cell)

Social Event

6:00pm – 9:00pm SF Exploratorium “After Dark.” (See enclosure for more information)

Friday, PMOB 4003, 3050 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC) Dr. Hill

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Financial Aid at CSPM Mary Hoang

Admission Presentation Dr. David Tran

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Podiatry Lecture/Sports Medicine Dr. David Tran

Agenda is subject to change

CSPM Summer Enrichment Program

If you are curious about joining the field of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, join us next summer!