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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Miguel, Oct 14, 2000.
I heard that podiatric medical schools have an 80 percent acceptance rate. Is this true??
It's not exactly a sought-after job. It's kind of like turning down garbage men (no offense). If you find someone willing to do the job, train him and hire him.
Whether an 85% acceptance rate is true or not, if you are interested in becoming a podiatrist, apply. If you are not sure you want to be a podiatrist, or don't really know what a podiatrist does, you should do all of the following: (1) speak with premedical or preprofessiona advisor at your college (2) Look up some local podiatrists in your area; they will have listings in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory. Ask if any of them are willing to talk to you about what they do, how well they like being a podiatrist, and would they encourage you to become one. (3) Get in touch with the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and ask for any literature they can send you on podiatry as a profession, educational requirements, etc.
AACPM (Anthony McNevin)
1350 Picard Drive #322
Rockville, MD 20850-4307
Phone: 301 990 7402
FAX: 301 990 2807
I don't have a list of podiatry schools in your area. You might ask Mr. McNevin for one near you. Call them for an appointment to visit if it is convenient for you. Or ask them to send you their catalog.
I have a longtime friend who is a podiatrist.
He is on the faculty of a local podiatry college, he has a large practice, he loves it, he earns as much as many physicians and dentists do, and doesn't pay nearly as much for malpractice insurance as do physicians and dentists. Podiatry is medicine, a specialty limited to the foot, or the foot and lower extremity (depending on the law of the state in which the podiatrist practices.
Podiatrists (and opthalmologists and opticians) are often the first to recognize diabetes and other in diseases in patients). They can perform surgery on the foot and leg. They are medical specialists.
The admission requirements for podiatric colleges are exactly the same as for medical, dental and optometry shools: 1 year biology, 1 year general chem, 1 year organic chem, 1 year physics. All majors level. You can major in whatever you want to; your major makes no difference. Some (many? all?) require the MCAT.