SCPM: Scholl College

Former namesIllinois College of Podiatric Medicine and Illinois College of Podiatry
MottoLife in Discovery
Established dateFounded in 1912
Current PresidentWendy Rheault PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP
Students per class98 
LocationNorth Chicago, Illinois
ColorsMaroon and Gray


The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine is a private institution in North Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1912 and is one of five colleges that comprise Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. The college is very involved in the Lake County community by being a major provider of foot and ankle care through its Scholl Foot & Ankle Center. In 1988, Scholl College launched a campaign named “Let Someone Fill Your Shoes” in order to donate more than 200,000 pairs of shoes in the local area. That initiative spurred the college’s ongoing commitment to providing free care throughout the Chicagoland area and became a curriculum-based community podiatry program. The Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) was founded at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2004 and quickly became internationally recognized for its work in treating and preventing lower extremity complications associated with diabetes. 


Scholl College has a class size of 98 students per year and organizes the annual white coat ceremony during new student orientation. The university has a wide variety of student-led organizations focused on leadership, volunteerism, humanitarianism, and cultural arts. Rosalind Franklin University has more than 80 student organizations and over 1,000 student-organized events each year. The college’s annual Dance for Diabetes event is one of the largest events coordinated by the second-year podiatric medical students. For over 30 years, the Dance for Diabetes fundraiser has brought the entire university together to celebrate a good cause. Previously, the event raised funds for the American Diabetes Association; however, the fundraiser now supports operations at the university’s Interprofessional Community Clinic.

Due to unforeseen circumstances of Covid-19, the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine has adapted to a hybrid teaching and learning model. Course content has been delivered remotely (mostly via Zoom), while assessments and hands-on learning experiences have been conducted on-campus, utilizing appropriate personal protection equipment and conducted in accordance with university requirements and guidelines.

Rosalind Franklin University has asked students to have their own small groups of no more than four students to study or interact with. The students communicate via Zoom, Google Hangouts, and other educational platforms. 


During the first year of the curriculum, students participate in a cadaver lab in the clinical anatomy course and the lower extremity anatomy course. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary practice and learning effective communication skills.

Scholl College is known for its early clinical experience and commitment to the community. Second-year podiatry students begin shadowing clinical faculty and upper class students at the Scholl Foot & Ankle Center during the fall quarter. Second-year students also begin their service to the surrounding area by participating in small teams to support the community podiatry program.Third-year students begin their off campus clinical rotations in January of their third year upon completing their clinical capstone courses. Additionally, fourth-year students complete both non-podiatric and podiatric-specific rotations. Required non-podiatric rotations cover medicine, emergency medicine, and general surgery. 

As part of the 1st Year curriculum students will take the following courses: Genetics and Medicine, Biochemistry, Clinical Anatomy, Structure and Function, Microbiology and Immunology, Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, Essentials of Clinical Reasoning I, Lower Extremity Anatomy, Neuroscience, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Understanding and Implementing Clinical Research. In the summer term before second year students will take Biomechanics and Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning I. 

For 2nd Year curriculum students will take the following courses: Dermatology, Pharmacology, Essentials of of Clinical Reasoning II, Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedics, Pathology, Podiatric Clinical Skills and Reasoning II workshop and clinic, Medicine, Podiatric Radiology, and General Surgical Principles and Anesthesiology. 

Finally 3rd and 4th Year students are more involved outside of the school, engaging in more clinical, hospital, and surgical rotations. Fourth Year students travel across the country in monthly externships preparing for Residency interviews.