Schools and colleges of podiatric medicine offer graduate or pre-doctoral training programs in podiatric medicine. The curriculum for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree includes classroom instruction and laboratory work followed by study of clinical science and patient care.
Interested in becoming a foot doctor? Watch this video to learn what a podiatry career is really like. Provides an overview of the day to day working life of a podiatrist.
The great thing about podiatry is that we still learn all of the material an MD or DO school teaches during the first two years of our schooling. We are trained as doctors in the medical field, so we have to know everything about the body so when we’re thrown into situations during our rotations or residency, we know how to react. Some podiatrists have come back to discuss their lives in residency with those of us still in school, and they’ve had to deliver babies, run a code, and establish a life-saving IV.
When I first applied to medical school, a DPM program was not on my list. I was disheartened when I did not get into any MD or DO programs, and I thought the best way to improve as a candidate would be to gain more medical experience. It was only after I started working as a medical assistant for a podiatrist that I fell in love with the profession, and the next time I applied for medical school I chose to only apply to DPM programs.
We should probably get this over with early: Being a podiatrist requires that you put your best foot forward. Give your patients a foot, and they’ll take a mile. Don’t put your foot in your mouth.
Now that we’ve gotten a few foot puns out of our system, we can talk podiatry.
One of the great benefits of working as a podiatrist is the flexible and varied employment opportunities. A podiatry degree can lead the way to a wide range of roles providing full and part time opportunities.
In podiatry you work on a patient’s foot, so there is no obstruction of face-to-face communication. You get to connect with your patient, understand their occupation, get a glimpse of their lifestyle, and hear about their hobbies in order to restore them to a full, healthy life.
Podiatric medicine is more important today than ever before. Advances in the treatment of sports injuries coupled with the active lifestyles of the aging baby boomer population have made podiatrists an important part of our health-care teams.
Podiatric medicine is an ideal career choice. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) enjoy a challenging work environment, rewarding patient interaction, and flexible hours.
ACFAS gives students like me opportunities to participate in fun didactic sessions, showcase their research, and be a part of the team of podiatric surgeons who want to make a difference.
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The profession of podiatry has developed over the years from its origins in chiropody to become a medical speciality dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb.
Podiatry is a rewarding career. It has a broad scope of practice, much broader than many people realise. It uses a range of scientific methods for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of a range of limb disorders. Many podiatrists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team within the healthcare system.
Employment of podiatrists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
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