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What Do Podiatrists Do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by IWant2BeADoctor, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. IWant2BeADoctor

    IWant2BeADoctor License to Matriculate 2+ Year Member

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    What do Podiatrists Do? Do all of them perform surgery? Do you get paid less if you don't perform surgery? Is it true that podiatrists can practice other specialties in addition to board-certified specialties?

    Just curious since I know nothing about Podiatry but am considering a career in the health care services.
     
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  3. cool_vkb

    cool_vkb Member 2+ Year Member

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    krabmas Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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  5. grifgin

    grifgin Member 7+ Year Member

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    best thing to do is call up a pod in your area and shadow him/her!
     
  6. jonwill

    jonwill Podiatrist Podiatrist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Those are some good links and good advice. I'll add a little as well. All podiatrists are now trained in surgery a minimal of two years. However, the majority of students do 3-year surgical residencies. After residency, it really just depends on training and what you want.

    There are successful pods out there that do little or no surgery. Many of them are in private practice and still do well. Of course, this has as much to do with their business sense (maybe more so) as it does with their training. As is the case with anything, if you open a business in a saturated area, you probably aren't going to do well.

    Many podiatrists work for hospitals, ortho groups, and multispecialty groups as well. Out of residency, you will get offers from all of the above including established private practice groups. What you end up doing depends on training, preference, and opportunity. If you want to do more surgery, less surgery, specific area, etc, you look for a job accordingly.

    Concerning "practicing in other specialties", I'm not quite sure what you mean. There are specialties within podiatry that can be pursued (sports medicine, diabetic limb salvage and wound care, peds, etc).

    I hope this helps and good luck with your decision.
     
  7. OSUDDS

    OSUDDS Senior Member 2+ Year Member

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    podiatrists chill by the pool with all the fly hunies
     
  8. Dr_Feelgood

    Dr_Feelgood Guest 10+ Year Member

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    Snip on a drink and countin da moneys.
     
  9. OSUDDS

    OSUDDS Senior Member 2+ Year Member

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    i like the direction this is headed. brilliant questions deserve brilliant answers.
     

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