Why are all podiatric pathologists MD?

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  1. unitix

    unitix 5+ Year Member

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    Title says it all. Did some research and found this trend.
     
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    MaxillofacialMN Osteopathic Foot Dentist 7+ Year Member

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    Only 15k pods and no residencies in patho
     
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    If you want to be a pathologist then don't go to podiatry school
     
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    unitix 5+ Year Member

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    I don't want to be a pathologist, but would like to get my hands in it and I know I can with podiatry. Just wondering why all the top dog paths are all MD.
     
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    The vast amount of training likely has much to do with it... if i had a large problem with my foot id attempt to go to the most qualified person (no offense to the vast amount of podiatrists who are fantastic at their profession).

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    When podiatrists are allowed to go into a pathology residency, then there might be podiatrists as pathologists. Not sure if I understand the OP but this seems like common sense. There are also many D.O's that are pathologists. One of the best dermatopathologists in the lower extremity and who has done a lot of good for our profession is Dr. Bakotic. He got his DPM from Barry and then went on to med school to become a D.O. Then he did a residency in pathology. So I guess he is considered a podiatrist doing pathology.
     
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    MaxillofacialMN Osteopathic Foot Dentist 7+ Year Member

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    Turns out most cardiac surgeons have MDs too.... But I thought pods dealt with vascular disease!!!!
     
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    Did you just say our training does not qualify us to deal with a large problem of the foot, and then ask us not to be offended by that statement? I'm not going to fall into a DPM vs. MD arguement, but re-think your wording if that was not your intention.

    Podiatrists are not pathologists, so I wouldn't want a pod doing path work, but that isn't what you said.
     
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    I'm not sure I even understand the basis of the question. To me, the answer is intuitive. To obtain an allopathic/osteopathic residency in a medical specialty, you must have a medical or osteopathic degree.

    As MaxillofacialMN corrected stated, I don't think you'll be finding any cardiothoracic surgeons who are DPM's, no neurosurgeons who are DPM's, no ENT docs who are DPM's, no gastroenterologists who are DPM's, etc.

    Pathology is a residency offered to MD/DO graduates. Similarly, I'm not aware of any MD/DO graduates who have obtained a podiatric surgical residency.
     
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    unitix 5+ Year Member

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    I appreciate all the responses. I suppose I was misinformed. I had assumed that there were career opps in pathology for podiatry, hence podiatric pathology. I don't know if you guys had to give me an extreme such as "there are no cardiothoracic surgeons who are DPMs", lol, I knew that.

    Anyway I guess I made a wrong assumption.
     
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    Sorry for being snarky. ;)
     

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