At the time, they told me the average podiatrist was making about $85K a year. If you assume you are a surgeon, I would bump that by about $25-50K a year. I was burnt out and didn't want to keep going at something I knew my heart wasn't in. Now bump that number with inflation for 15 years. It has a huge need, especially with the aging population, and especially in those states that recognize podiatry as a sub-specialty. If you like ortho, but want to be out practicing in 1-2 years, instead of 7-9, and don't mind working only on feet, it's a great career. If you are an adrenaline junky like me, you will be much happier as a firefighter/paramedic. I love my career and can hardly imagine doing anything else. I work about 90 days a year, make 6 figures, and have a pension that will pay me until I die. I also have huge career satisfaction, time to pursue other parallel careers, as well as time to spend raising my children.
The tuition then was $25K a year, I assume it's closer to $35K a year now. My advice to you, go walk into a podiatrists office. Tell them you are considering a career as a podiatrist. Ask if you can shadow them. I did this, and it went over great in entrance interviews. It also gives you a fabulous idea as to what you are going to be doing 40-60 hours a week for the next 30-50 years.
My wife is a dentist. I recommend the oral surgeon route. They make close to $250K-$350K a year and make there own schedule. Her best friend from dental school is doing that now and is RAKING in the cash.
I would have some concerns about the stigma of being a DPM as opposed to an MD or DO and establishing a referral base. I have no doubt podiatrists have a good set of skills and are good at what they do, but many MD's in my experience (I am one) refer mostly to other MD or DO surgeons rather than podiatrists. This may be specific to places where I have worked. I would do some research about this before I enrolled. Things to consider would be: Do podiatrists have issues getting privileges at hospitals? Do they get reimbursed similar to their MD or DO counterparts by CMS and insurance carriers?
I don't know the answers to these questions quite honestly but it's worth looking into. I can tell you we had one who worked at my facility and dropped his privileges after some kind of dispute about referrals. He was well liked and had a good reputation, I sent him patients on occasion. Otherwise we don't have any podiatrists on staff where I work, as far as I'm aware, and we have pretty much every specialty available.
I would also have some concerns about only half the students getting a residency spot, if the post above is indeed accurate. That is a huge deal, and could really impact your career long term if you aren't able to do cases in the operating room.
See if you can find a podiatry specific message board (I'm sure there is one out there) where you might be able to get some more specifics, even if you are just lurking. Search for any online publications you can find that might discuss the field in some depth. And I would second the idea of shadowing a podiatrist, if you find one who is open to having you shadow it would be a very valuable experience.
OnFire wrote: My advice to you, go walk into a podiatrists office. Tell them you are considering a career as a podiatrist. Ask if you can shadow them. I did this, and it went over great in entrance interviews. It also gives you a fabulous idea as to what you are going to be doing 40-60 hours a week for the next 30-50 years.
An excellent idea for researching any new pursuit! Brilliant!
DFWinvestor wrote:In order to become an oral surgeon you have a very long career path, if I'm not mistaken you must complete both medical school and dental school as well as a residency. It's a great field but a very long road.
Typically, it's dental school followed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency that is 4 years (usually).
You don't have to go to med school.
I put "podiatrists" in the search box on the left but had to wade through to find where that job was listed. The number to the right of the job is it's classification #.
There is also a file (XLS) you can download and look at many statistics for 2010-2020 job projections
You paid for this service with your taxes might as well use it
Podiatrists 29-1081 Offices of all other health practitioners
621390A moderate decrease is expected as a lack of insurance coverage for podiatric services leads to reduced need for podiatrists relative to other health professionals.
Podiatrists 29-1081 Offices of physicians
621100 A moderate decrease is expected as a lack of insurance coverage for podiatric services leads to reduced need
If you believe the projections I'd say the job outlook for podiatrists looks hazy. But I didn't choose my career based on statistics.
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