I tried to look it up but saw that in many cases, no they aren't compensated. The MD asking the DPM to assist him may pay him but I'm not sure they are covered by any insurance apart from the MD's himself, who then "passes the buck out of the MD's own pocket" to his "friend the DPM" that assisted him in surgery. Every other member of an ortho surg team gets compensated, from what I saw/see. Since Cali was 1st to allow this 1st assist rule in ortho surgeries, I don't have alot of states to compare to. Anyone know for sure?