Western in Cali has announced that they will be opening a podiatric medical program starting in 2009. (http://wsprod.westernu.edu/wu/newsreleases/nr_detail.jsp?id=3160) Keep in mind that if each existing school takes up to their enrollment cap set by the CPME, the number of students graduating would FAR EXCEED the number of residency slots available. Years ago, this would not have been a problem as residency was not required to practice. Fast forward 20 years and podiatry has become a surgical sub-specialty in which a residency is required and completely vital to one's success. By law, you can not practice without one. Do we need another program pumping out students? I do not believe that another podiatry school is needed. However, as the Western program will be affiliated with the DO program, I would take Western any day over a free standing school with no MD/DO affiliation. Opinions?