Just elevated pseudo-standards that don't improve quality of care and widen the chasm between those who work for a living and (those) in power who make our lives miserable. Keep it up! The MDs are laughing at us going for each others throats. Podiatrists always eat their young and eventually we will be extinct as a profession.
Having one standard residency is probably beneficial but 2 issues remain. 1) Not every podiatrist is or should be a surgeon. Why do they need the same type of residency?
2) Taking the rearfoot/reconstructive out of the requirement and making it elective is precisely a way for orthopedic surgeons to still point at us and note the lack of uniform training for all who do practice surgery.
There is no need for the "average" DPM to have three years of training. I agree there is a need for some members to be trained at that level. However, the number is low and the practitioner who is in private or group practice is still fine with one or two years of training.
This is a reality of podiatry.I am tired of going to seminars and watching people describe procedures that less than 10% of the profession would ever see, let alone treat.
In the real world, it is not financially feasible to have so many members trained to such a high degree and be treating a heel spur.
Without enough residency slots as it is for this year's graduating classes (there are 78 more applicants for residencies than there are slots available for this year's graduating classes), it is absurd to require a three-year program as a condition for practice.
This will only exacerbate the current residency crisis with fewer and fewer slots available each year as only 3-year programs will be valid. What idiot would apply to podiatry school given these circumstances? I have already advised my 18-year-old son to stay clear of this profession.
I wouldn't necessarily think that standardizing the residency training to a 3-year residency nationwide is a bad thing for the profession. If anything, it should be a good thing for our profession because everyone will have the same training and everyone will be treated equally, and most especially we have more training/skills to offer.
I think the new standard 3-year residency is a great idea and a good thing for our profession. This should help our profession advance into something better and bigger. We should look at this us something that is a great advancement for our profession. Hopefully, this would make our profession be recognized even more.
Three years or 10-year residencies. You still have a LIMITED license and an unrecognizable jumble of letters after your name necessitating an MD/DO to sign your "work permit" to cut a toenail. An unlimited license is podiatry's answer to all its problems. Blame the APMA and the school bureaucrats for putting the number one issue behind articles on flip flops and shoes.
No, unless you have slots for all new podiatrists, why would you go into this profession? Being left out of a 3-year surgical residency leaves a new doctor without a way to make enough income to pay back loans, let alone make a decent living.
I would look into a PA degree or other ancillary medical professions before going into this profession the way it has evolved.
It is wonderful that we as a profession continue to upgrade our learning skills. However, this residency shortage thing is a major thorn in the side of the young people entering the profession. Any mandate to have a certain number of years' residency training MUST be tied to a guarantee of residency slots for students graduating.
There aren't enough slots for 3 years. PSR 36 will leave no surgical cases for the PPMR, POR, RPR, PSR-12. Our profession needs a strong one-year podiatric residency, which prepares our doctors equally.
Podiatrists with 11 years of training and much debt yet
working under a limited license is not sensible. Podiatry needs to wake up and stop advancing education while NOT advancing the legal ability to use the advanced education.
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