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DPM pratice general medicine?

Discussion in 'Podiatry Students' started by bstone, Oct 6, 2005.

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  1. bstone

    bstone Senior Member

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    Is it within the license of a DPM to practice general medicine? If a woman goes to a DPM complaining of a blatter infection, is it within the scope of practice for the DPM to write an Rx for antibiotics?

    Is a DPM trained in his/her medical schools to diagnose and treat for this sort of medicine?

    Thanks.
  2. IlizaRob

    IlizaRob IlizaRob-erator Moderator Emeritus

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    The DPM is not licensed to treat conditions other than those involving the foot and ankle and structures pertaining to it as defined by the state.
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    Not completely true.

    If a woman comes to you for an implant surgery (total or hemi-joint), and in your normal pre-operative work-up you perform a UA, because you know that a joint implant is contraindicated in someone with a UTI. Your results reveal she has a UTI. It is within your scope to treat her for this pre-operatively.

    Many other examples where general medicine directly applies to the foot, that is within your scope.

    You have to use common sense.

    LCR
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    Thanks for the clarification. I did not know that.

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