The podiatry schools in the 1980s misrepresented the income potential of the profession to naive pre-medical students like me. They will continue to do so as long as they are private and tuition driven.
I love being a podiatrist. Being a mom, podiatry offers a very flexible work schedule. I enjoy seeing my patients and feel like I am helping them. There is nothing I'd rather do! (I have been practicing since 1994!!!)
It is disturbing to see so many negative comments! Our profession has come a long way and I foresee that it will continue to become more excepted. I have been very pleased with my decision and very much enjoy my work as a podiatrist as well as a foot and ankle surgeon.
Graduating podiatry school in 2000 allowed me to enjoy the very end of financial compensation. My first year accepting Medicare/Medicaid netted approx $128 per patient but only 5 years later, the same patient and same care netted only $53.
With the extreme slashing of government payouts to practitioners, how is anything better going to come from government controlled health care??? The insurance conglomerates are worse at paying out to practitioners with the standard multiple submissions prior to payout of any money.
I have been a practicing podiatrist for 58 years. Obviously I like and enjoy what I do. I believe I do it well and so do my patients. I am much more concerned with how my patients and podiatric colleagues percieve me than how other medical practitioners and institutions do.
I am the second of four generations of podiatrists each of whom have been as enthusiastic about the profession and its future role in medicine and surgery as I am. Much of our advancement has been through the efforts of the APMA and the IPMA of which
I have been an active member since 1952.
Frank C. Toepp, DPM
I owe a debt of graditude to my pre-med advisor at Rutgers who presented podiatry as a professional option. I have been in practice for 29 years. It has afforded me and my family a good income and provided a sense of professional achievement. I would surely follow the same path.
I love my profession. I've been in practice for 24 years and I still love my work. When I go on vacation for over a week, I get bored and I want to get back to my office.
I have 2nd and 3rd year family practice residents rotating through my office and most of them by the end of their month wish they were doing podiatry. Virtually every resident rates podiatry among their favorite rotation.
Financially, if you are not making more than most primary care doctors and most types of specialist, then you need to look at your own practice and not the profession of podiatry.
Respect. You need to earn it or demand it. My hospital didn't "respect" me until I pointed out to the CEO that my financial impact to the hospital was about 5 million dollars a year (bone scans, CT, MRI, venous dopplers, hospital admits and surgeries).
I like being a podiatrist and don't really care for the MD after my name. I just don't like that in my state, we are not considered as physicians, which I think we should be. Hence, some of the insurance problems. I don't like that insurance companies discriminate against us ... for what reason? People I meet always tell me podiatrists are needed. I don't know how we would be accepted more having an MD after our names. When I worked with dermatologists, they were only interested in skin disorders and even say, "I don't manage high pressures. I'm just a dermatologist!" And they have an MD after their names.
I would choose MD, DO or any nursing degree because their degrees offer more flexibility. Podiatry, by virtue of its very restrictive boards, has limited the ability of thousands to practice to their maximum potential. It is no mystery that the separation of haves/have-nots is not so much based on education and skill as it is on who-knows-whom.
If you have been in practice for ten years and do not have a salary of at least $100,000, please find another profession so that you can retire, can afford to retire and can enjoy a retirement.If not, you will work a long, hard career and retire with less monthly income than most school teachers or even bus drivers.
I would do it the same way again.
Every patient I talk to has problems with their jobs. So many are out of work or have to deal with problems much worse than I do.
Nowhere near as good as when I started in the 1980s but still the best profession.
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