Passing The Torch And A Positive Attitude To Podiatry Students

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Megan Lawton, DPM

   Dr. McCord recently retired from practice at the Centralia Medical Center in Centralia, Wash.

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Anonymoussays: June 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I would NEVER encourage a bright pre-med student toward podiatry. It would be an invitation into an ever grovelling profession subsisting on an unrecognizable degree, high student loan indebtedness and very little opportunity for growth outside of clinical care. Despite the cheerleading "surgeons," the scope of practice issues have remained at best stagnant. The incredible state to state political wrangling and national organization has remained for the past half decade as insufficient to meet the needs of a profession which promised so much to its students.

Certainly there are success stories, but more young practitioners remain trapped in a vicious cycle of podocentric inbred fighting. More podiatrists have left the profession, retired or gone out on dubious disability than the onslaught of multi-year trained indebted DPMs whose license limits their overtrained abilities to conditions treatable by a host of other professions.

It is dishonest to extol the virtues of a profession by the few vociferous DPMs and casting aside those who speak the truth as naysayers, failures, miscreants or some other self-loathing individuals.

After nearly forty years: "What is a DPM?"

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Anonymoussays: June 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Good question.

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legondownsays: June 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

A conundrum wrapped in a mystery surrounded by a fog. Podiatry has the pieces but has yet to find the right puzzle - How many more young lives will be academically scarred and left in debt for the ineptitude of a few greedy selfish marginally talented people?

Podiatry. Where mediocrity meets reality - and because of the blinders - the leadership fails to see what is.

Reread The Emperors New Clothes and you can see how some cannot see things for what they are.

How many certifying boards does it take to make the letters DPM recognizable? Whacky videos gone viral make moronic acts household names - 40 years of empty promises.

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Anonymoussays: June 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I am absolutely blown away here. People need to take responsibility for their decisions. I hated hearing from my fellow students, "Nobody ever told us that!" My answer to that question is "Why didn't you find that out for yourself? The answer is there and no one owes you anything." It kind of sounds like the old X-Files moto "The answer is out there!"

It is up to us to champion our profession and no one else. I worked hard in podiatry school, struggled when I didn't match for a surgical residency at first but eventually finished my residency career with three years of training which was rare at the time.

Those who denounce podiatry or tell the younger generation that there is no room for them anymore are greedy naysayers who know that the next generation is upon them and it scares the crap out of them.

Our future is the brightest its ever been. EVERYONE getting three years of training and able to perform surgery out of residency. WOW!!! Nobody in the community I practice in asks "What is a DPM?" because we as a podiatric group of colleagues make a concerted effort to educate the layman and our medical community. We enjoy ankle privileges and are faculty at the local medical school who are respected as foot and ankle surgeons.

Get a grip folks. We are what we make our profession. Do you want to hide in a corner and complain or show the communities that we are who we say we are? THE foot and ankle experts.

Those of you who don't agree with this need to go out and read a book called "Who Moved my Cheese?" Evolve or die.

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