Podiatric Surgery

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  1. Roy Thomas

    Roy Thomas Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm currently studying in my undergraduate degree for entry into graduate medicine. I was wandering whether Podiatric Medicine would be a worthwhile back up to consider, especially considering that you can specialise into surgery if medicine does not work out. Also I was wandering how much would the salary of a podiatric surgeon differ to that of a podiatrist. My eyes are set on medicine but i was just thinking of potential back ups. Thank You
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer (UNDS MBBS) Administrar

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    I would answer your question with a question:

    Would you be happy being a podiatrist if you never made it into medicine ever?

    If so, then podiatry is a reasonable back-up to consider. If not, you might want to look elsewhere.

    Podiatric surgeons are largely becoming less of a thing nowadays - they are being slowly forced out of the system by orthopaedic surgeons who just happen to specialise in feet.
     
  3. GrabHerByThePercentile

    GrabHerByThePercentile EltonJoe

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    Podiatry is a three year course at most universities. Podiatrists have a bunch of autonomy and deal with their own patients. I'm havn't heard of any podiatrists doing any kinds of major kinds of surgery in the HNE health area. I think as far as back-ups go it isn't a terrible option. Plus $60 for a 15 minute consultation ain't bad either.
     
  4. Roy Thomas

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    I have heard that many who specialise in podiatric surgery as podiatric surgeons join with multi-discplinary fields in order to do this. How does the market seem to go for them, are they declining in this trend? Also, knowing that few numbers of Podiatric Surgeons are around in Australia, what would be the salary they would receive compared to an ordinary podiatrist?
     
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    It wouldn't be too different to an ordinary podiatrist. They do approximately 1 operation a fortnight. But don't do it - you'll spend the majority of your time cutting toenails!
     

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