|05-01-2012, 09:45 AM||#1|
OCPM/Kent State........Podiatry in General!
This thread is intended for those "pre-med" students who are on the fence about Podiatry school. Its subsequent purpose is about those students who are on the fence about whether or not to attend OCPM as your choice for school! If you are a podiatrist son/daughter and already have a practice lined up for you, this article is not for you! Take the following with a grain of salt.......the following opinions are mine, and mine alone!
First, why this thread........I really wish someone would have been more up front with me about Podiatry before I attended!
Second, withing the various ramblings I will try my best to stick to facts, and let my opinions rest!
For those students who are on the fence whether or not to attend podiatry school, I would be one who is a current student (and getting out) who would tell you not to attend!
I think you have to ask yourself a question before attending.......why am I attending? Most, if not all would say due to the financial rewards! Especially in Podiatry, I never met a whole lot of altruistic podiatrists! Is the money there? According to the March 2012 APMA NEWS magazine, the average first year associate salary was between $65,000 and $84,999! You have less then 9% making more than $125,000! That would most people in a bind when faced with paying off student loans.
There are those in podiatry programs who tell them selves that they will be the 8.3% that starts off making a whole bunch of money! Their is a regular "news" email you can subscribe to, namely "PMnews@podiatry.com"! For those of you still thinking about rising above the rest, I would recommend subscription. Back in the fall when the Congress was debating to proceed with, I can't remember the percent, but something like a 23% cut to M&M. (Medicare and Medicaid) All you would read about in PMnews was "how if the government does this to us, we're sunk".
The truth about this is, medicine in general relies heavily on government reimbursement. Podiatry is no different! I know that podiatrist under Medicaid are not considered Physicians. This is especially true in the state of New York where last year cut podiatry out all together for reimbursements. http://www.acfas.org/Physicians/Content.aspx?id=927
When the USA switches to a Government ran health care system, (huge assumption I know) you have to ask yourself, are podiatrist recognized as physicians in Socialized Health Care countries? Of course they're not!
Now onto OCPM.........their basic science department is God-awful! Is is so bad! But this will all change when they switch to Kent! That's what they keep telling us at least. But that they will retain Dr. W.....! Who's ever herd of having a man with a PhD. in nursing teaching genetics/microbiology/immunology? Also the only professor who's on a first name basis, T.. that they have teaching Biochem, when he openly admits that he failed Biochem in grad school? Also they gave an English major not only answering questions is Anatomy, but also teaching lectures that students are graded on? Also having a Kent grad student lecturing and teaching lab when she openly admits to failing anatomy? Also having a Dentist who has lost his license to practice in Ohio teaching? I know that may seem like a joke, but it's not! Lets hope things change with "The Kent takeover!"
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