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DPM residents schooling Ortho ones?

Discussion in 'Podiatric Residents & Physicians' started by GymMan, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. GymMan

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    Is this true? Do you feel like many Ortho residents are open to learning from DPM residents? Or do they have a standoff-ish superior attitude toward DPM residents? I've heard it both ways (and realize it depends on the individual alot but...) I'm wondering if the general concensus is respect, not just in peer learning but actual knowledge base, vs. the Ortho guys that are more learned toward total body orthopedics.
     
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  3. jonwill

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    I did three months of ortho and we had a blast. The ortho residents were great. They knew that I was the foot and ankle guy and always had plenty of questions. I had plenty of questions about distal radius fractures, hips, knees, etc. And of course I took general ortho trauma call the same as they did (at a level one trauma center) so they quickly learned that I knew my stuff. I ALMOST got a few of them to actually touch a foot! :laugh:

    I think one problem our profession has is that we take things too personally. Whenever we get in a fight with another doc, too many of us have this attitude that it's all because we're DPM's. Look, there are some real pricks out there (especially in medicine). So when some doc is giving you attitude, it most likely has nothing to do with the fact that you're a pod. They are usually like that to everyone. I've seen enough of it to know. There are certain people that EVERYONE tries to avoid. As far as the old "ortho vs pod" war, I'm not sure how it used to be but now it's greatly exagerated. I'm sure there are still some orthopods out there that hate pods but the same can be said for various docs towards other specialties (vascular surgeons towards interventional radiologists comes to mind).

    For the most part, their is a mutual respect between all physicians. That's because most of them are intellegent enough to realize that they don't know everything and hence, the multiple specialties within the medical field.
     
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    There's this one Ortho F&A specialist that I do some work for who has told patients (and the patients have told me) to NEVER GO TO A PODIATRIST, one patient told me he actually got angry when he heard that a patient had seen a podiatrist.... he probably just doesn't like losing business and having his toes stepped on :smuggrin:
     
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    I pray to God that this is just a special case, I was actually under the impression that this sort of attitude was dwindling...How long ago did this happen and where?
     
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    Wherever there is overlap in medicine, there is competition. Nobody likes loosing patients but the bottom line is that there is plenty to go around.
     
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    nobody likes losing patients either...:laugh:
     
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    Oh this STILL happens (I still do work for this doc), it's in the mid atlantic region. The funny thing is that this ortho doc just started having his PT group fabricate orthoses (they found out where we got ours from and copied how we write up for them, lol) for extra revenue.
    I just feel sorry for the PTs when the patients come back whining about adjustments being needed and they have to constantly mail back the orthoses to the manufacturer for adjustments.
     

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