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AACPM Teaching Hospital Membership

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) teaching hospital membership is made up of over 200 of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals and health systems dedicated to excellence in graduate podiatric medical education and accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).

AACPM’s teaching hospital members are represented by the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH). The Council is composed of 8 elected regional representatives from the teaching hospital membership, a representative from the American Podiatric Medical Student’s Association (APMSA), and a representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs. COTH’s chair and chair-elect are members of the AACPM board of directors. AACPM’s board has delegated authority for the AACPM CASPR program to COTH.

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COTH was established to provide representation and services related to the special needs, concerns, and opportunities facing podiatric residency programs.

COTH activities focus on issues of particular interest to the podiatric academic medicine community including Medicare direct and indirect medical education payments and disproportionate share payments. COTH provides guidance and networking opportunities to help leaders stay abreast of key issues and excel in their missions. Through knowledge sharing and advocacy, COTH works to influence and shape the issues challenging today’s podiatric academic medical centers.

Membership in COTH gives teaching hospitals access to a wealth of resources and data, continuing medical education, and advocacy efforts. COTH strives to strengthen the role that teaching hospitals and health systems play in educating the next generation of podiatric medical professionals.

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Value of Membership:

COTH provides resources to help members:

  • Incorporate best practices fro residency development programs and innovative solutions to better serve their communities.
  • Meet professional development requirements through continuing medical education offerings and learning networks that exclusively support clinical teaching environments.
  • Understand the impact new and existing standards and policies have on their patients, trainees, and institutions.
  • Find resources to support their teams working at the nexus of clinical care, research and education.
  • Produce a podiatric workforce that can deliver value, safety, affordability, and quality to improve health for everyone.


The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) is a nationally recognized education organization that represents the nine accredited U.S. colleges of podiatric medicine. AACPM serves as a national forum for the exchange of ideas, and issues information relating to podiatric medical education.

Teaching Hospitals

A teaching hospital is a hospital or medical center providing clinical education and training to future and current health professionals. Teaching hospitals are often affiliated with medical schools and work closely with medical students throughout their period of matriculation and especially during their clerkship years. In most cases, teaching hospitals also offer Graduate Medical Education (GME)/ physician residency programs. Residency is a stage of graduate medical training. In training to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), after completing the four-year curriculum required by podiatric medical schools, a new podiatric physician is required to participate in residency training. A resident trains, usually in a hospital or clinic, under the direct or indirect supervision of a supervising ( attending) physician. This education leads to state licensure and board certification.