Originally Posted by Podophile
To the OP: the biggest downside is having people asked "What's podiatry?" after putting in all that time and hard work. Although as time has gone on, I have had to explain it to fewer and fewer people which has been very encouraging. I don't think the general public knows the full extent of our training and capabilities yet, but we can continue to work on that aspect.
If people I meet for the 1st time outside of academia/medicine ask me what I'm doing, I just say "Grad school." That usually satisfies them, and saves me a lot of effort explaining