How in the world does a podiatry school allow its graduates to go out into the professional world without a guarantee of at least a one year residency if not much more? Do you realize, with no residency, I can write (at least years ago in the 1980s), for any medication up to and including schedule 2, perform almost any surgical procedure on the foot with absolutely NO TRAINING or the little — and I mean LITTLE — training I had in podiatry school!
This is unheard of in medical schools and to me is a grievous serious offense against all of the podiatry schools at least from my graduation year of 1985!!!
This has always been my complaint but I guess I was just too naive and intimated at the time I was in school to know better. Every single student coming out of podiatry school (I don't know what the requirements are today ) must have at least a two year residency in ALL facets of podiatry. I am suffering because of this today. Thank you. You may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like.
I love what I do, but the financial rewards have not at all been anything close to what I had expected. I still, at the age of 55, owe $191,000 student loans and fear that this debt will be handed down to my children. We have not really had a raise from Medicare and I am tired of the sadistic approach to all health insurance companies.
I hear most people saying that they are upset that podiatry is not recognized as being equal to an MD. I am curious why one chose podiatry if they wanted the recognition of being an MD. I think our profession is challenging and rewarding in its own right and our successes are recognized every day by our patients both living pain free and in other cases with their limbs.
I think doctors are coming around quite quickly and are more educated on what we can do now that there is standardization of training. We are seeing other docs in the OR/hospital setting all of the time and are interacting on a daily basis. I am proud this profession is different. So are the service we provide.
Of course, compensation could be more equal.
I love podiatry. I was a podiatry patient as a kid. I had a great podiatrist correct a painful flatfoot deformity bilaterally. Surgery and orthotics were life changing!
Now I'm a podiatrist and very happy with my work. I think I'm happy with the profession because I wanted to become a podiatrist. I wasn't just looking to be a "doctor" of any sort. There are a lot of frustrations in the world of medicine for all providers. Just listen to the national debates. My friends who are GP's, internists, orthopods, anesthesiologists, etc., all have similar complaints about reimbursement, feeling overworked and under appreciated at times, and most importantly they worry about their potential future income. I've heard them say, "If I had it to do over again, I don't know that I would have picked _____ (fill in the blank with their profession)". I have had quite a few people tell me they envied the hours of a podiatrist and lack of busy call schedules and late night hospital work.
There is definitely a need to continue working for parity with MD/DOs but we can't pretend that our lives would actually be that much better if the initials behind our names were changed. I guess that the grass may seem greener on the other side but in the end, I would still want to practice podiatry if my degree was MD or DO.
I know that I help people. I save feet. I know I'm appreciated by the physicians I work with. Do they consider me an equal? I don't really care. I know that many doctors don't consider anyone (MD/DO) their equal. The satisfaction comes when they send me their spouses, their children or they see me personally.
I strongly recommend podiatry to intelligent students who are interested in what a podiatrist does and are willing to take the time to shadow and figure out what that is.
I would say that if you asked most doctors (whether M.D., D.O, etc.) if they would do it all over again, most would say 'no'. Health care in general entails a lot of stress and hassle (an understatement!). In fact, both of my parents are MDs who told me to stay out of health care. That being said, I would do it all over again :-)
I love my profession because I CHOSE IT! I look at other people who are moaning and groaning of their job. I am happy to have a job, happy to be able to leave after 5:00 p.m., happy to have weekends off, am able to write off MANY THINGS for tax purposes, and furthermore, have patients who appreciate what you for them. Tell me of another job like that!
I would never do it again. What a mistake. Being a podiatrist is a limited profession. Nursing or medical docs have many more options. There are more choices of sub-specialties and related medical jobs for those professions. If you want to open as many doors for yourself as possible, go to medical school. Don't settle for podiatry school!!
As someone who is disastified with present day podiatry and who really wanted to be an MD after experiencing the weakness of podiatry education in 1976 when I graduated, I feel podiatry could have been a wonderful profession if we all were trained properly with good residencies. I obtained one but 90% of my class didn't.
In the 70's, my program was much better than nothing but with better training, I and most podiatrists would be very happy and competent.
Even though I still can't legally treat a wart on the ankle after 30 years of APMA and state promises, I would be satisfied if we would at least juxtapose the letters of our degree to look more mainstream (Example: PMD or MDP). After 30 years, few know what DPM means.
If we associate more with the MD, we'll be closer to acceptance. Older podiatrists are age discriminated for residency positions so at least change the position of some letters. That doesn't require much political effort. Legislators would look more respcectfuly at PMD than DPM.
The grass is always greener. Podiatry has been financially and academically rewarding to me. It has allowed me the lifestyle I desire with much less headache than many of my MD and DO colleagues. I sit on the same boards and committees as my MD and DO counterparts. I guess I am too busy doing my job to speculate as to whether or not I chose the right profession.
Do what you are good at and do the best job possible. I do not believe that respect comes from your degree. Respect has to be earned. If you do an outstanding job as a poditarist, you will have the respect of you peers and the financial rewards will take care of themselves.
I have a one son who is a MD and one a DPM and close friends who are MD'S and DDS's. Believe me all the bitching we do about being 2nd-class citizens and struggling for acceptance in the medial community as well as the general population is all hogwash.
MDs have the same frustrations and concerns we do. They also sit around and argue among themselves and others the same as we do. It is not only happening to us!
Podiatry is great and is progressing daily for the better. We are not where we would like to be yet and will never be at the same level as an MD. We are podiatrists, which we choose on our own to be. We provide a level of care to people which no one else can. No orthopedist can do what we do, some can do better surgery for isolated procedures but overall cannot match what we do as a profession. So hold your head up high and respect yourself, and be proud of what you can do.
The world needs doctors, plumbers, garbage collectors, lawyers and,believe it or not, podiatrists. We are all here sharing a small space in time and serve a purpose to make the world what it is.
So YES, I would choose podiatry again.
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