Why are We Being Underpaid for Our Services? (Burton J. Katzen, DPM)
Knowing these facts, I would suggest anyone who wants to be a foot and ankle surgeon should look at this and tell why we are undervalued as a "premier foot and ankle surgeon." See the PDF attached from AOFAS:
And from the APMA: "Podiatrists, podiatric physicians, and podiatric surgeons are all terms used to describe doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). All are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and experience. The amount and type of surgical procedures performed by podiatrists may vary based on each individual's training and experience and personal choice within their practice.
Although a podiatrist's scope of practice can vary from state to state, all states permit treatment of the foot, while 44 states also permit treatment at or above the ankle
DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of nine podiatric medical colleges, and two or three years of hospital- based post-graduate residency training."
This quite a difference in training: The orthopedic surgeon receives 5-8 years of residency and fellowship to become a foot and ankle surgeon...they do nothing else...no routine foot care...no taping and padding...no orthotics...just doing foot and ankle surgery...all day..everyday.
Podiatrists on the other hand, have a three year residency with or without a fellowship and only a small percentage of DPMs even do surgery as their mainstay of practice. Some, even get a DPM degree, complete the required residency, and then decide that their is too much liability in foot and ankle surgery and just trim nails in calluses in their office or nursing homes.
So, my suggestion is anyone wants to be an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon and be paid like one, then I would suggest you think about getting an MD/DO and do the required training of a foot and ankle surgeon. Then, you will be paid like one without prejudice.
I am proud to be a podiatrist.
Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Charleston, IL
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