First US Medical School DPM/DO Program A pilot program leading to a DO degree for podiatric medical residents in an accelerated period of time has been established at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU- COM) beginning with the 2005 academic year. The program is the result of almost two years of planning with representatives of NSU-COM including the Dean, Associate Dean for Education, Planning and Research, Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM). It will become the first program in the nation where podiatric physicians will receive training from an American medical school. This program is not designed for those who have already completed a podiatric residency or those already in practice. Summary of the DPM/DO Program *Complete DPM degree and be accepted into the program *Matriculate at NSU-COM and complete three years of study, including COMLEX I and II. * Receive the DO degree and credit towards requirements leading to ABPOPPM qualification/certification. *Complete a DO internship (PGY-1) and COMLEX III, fulfilling the requirements for a license to practice osteopathic medicine in states requiring one year of graduate medical education. *Obtain a license to practice podiatric medicine. *Unprecedented validation to the general and medical communities that with the addition of podiatric residency training, full commensurate physician status may be denoted.