Podiatry training is similar to medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) training. After graduating from a four year college with a bachelors degree, a podiatry student then undergoes four years of podiatry school. Podiatry school is similar to MD and DO school, in that the first two years of education cover the most of the same basic medical science courses and core clinical skills. The last two years of school podiatry students concentrate more on the clinical care of the foot and ankle, while MD and DO students have a much broader clinical education. After graduation, podiatrists then undergo another two or three years of residency training at a teaching hospital, learning advanced surgical skills and medical treatment protocols before entering private or hospital-based practice.