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Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by songaila, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. songaila

    songaila 2+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    From many of pods that I talk to, the primary care is still the biggest part of the practice. Surgery may acturaly not bringing in as much for the practice.

    My question is for those of you that stated surgery is the future. Is that for the people going into ortho practice or specialty practice where the skill is needed? I am kinda confused why surgery is the future yet it doesn't help out the pod practice. THanks
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  3. jonwill

    jonwill Podiatrist Podiatrist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2005
    When people say that "surgery is the future", they usually mean that podiatry has/is evolving into a surgical subspecialty. In other words, more pods are being hired on to multispecialty, ortho, and hospital groups to do surgery. They are very well compensated.

    However, for the private practice doc, in the time it takes to do one surgery, you could have seen 10-20 patients. In other words, more money can be made in clinic than surgery. So it is important to have a well-balanced practice. On the other hand, as a private practice doc, most of your surgery will come from your clinic patients so balance shouldn't really be an issue.

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