Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and Kent State University discuss merger

Published: 2012-01-09 08:16:57
Author: Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer

 The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine,independent for 96 years, plans to merge with Kent State University.

Officials at both institutions have signed non-binding letters of intent to make the podiatry school part of Kent State and expect an agreement to be completed by summer.

A merger would give Kent State -- which has a college of nursing, a college of public health and a school of health sciences -- an affiliation with another medical college and a more visible presence in Cuyahoga County. The podiatric school's students would have opportunities for dual degrees and research and training, especially in sports medicine.

The podiatric college would likely establish a pre-podiatry track with Kent State similar to those it has with other institutions, including Cleveland State University, allowing qualified students to be automatically admitted into the college after three years of study.

The podiatric college, with 430 students, is among the largest of the nine podiatric graduate-level medical colleges in the country, which focus on the foot, ankle and lower leg. Only the Ohio school and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine are not affiliated with a university.

The planned merger grew out of discussions with Kent State about potential research and clinical opportunities that began about eight months ago, said David Nicolanti, executive vice president of the podiatric college.