why podiatry?

Why Podiatry?

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Work/Life Balance

Podiatrists work, on average, a 40-60 hour work week, while earning a salary comparable to other medical specialties.

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Patient Care

Podiatrists often report the ability to provide immediate relief to patients as the most satisfying element of their career. 

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Career Variety

Podiatrists experience a lot of variety within their careers!  Variety in practice settings, conditions, patients, and sub-specialties.

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Potential for Growth

As the population ages the need for podiatrists continue to grow! There's a lot of room for professional achievement and growth within the profession.


Why Podiatry?


Ten Reasons to Consider a Career in Podiatry

  1. Podiatrists earn salaries comparable to other medical specialties, while maintaining on average a 40-60 hour work week, allowing for a health-care career with a better work-life balance.
  2. By being involved in patient care from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, podiatrists often establish meaningful relationships with their patients.
  3. Podiatrists work in a wide variety of practice settings, and can ultimately practice in a number of different health-care settings over the course of their medical career.  
  4. 99% of graduating podiatry students were successfully placed in a podiatric residency program.
  5. Podiatry offers a number of sub-specialties like dermatology, sports medicine, diabetic wound care, and more.  
  6. Podiatrists treat a wide variety of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics and in some cases all in the same day!
  7. Current podiatric medical students report a more supportive learning environment while in podiatric medical school when compared to other medical schools.
  8. While still receiving the same common courses as MD/DO students, podiatric medical students receive highly-specialized education and training from day one of podiatric medical school.
  9. Podiatry features less "life and death" situations, which alleviates the stress of making a life-or-death mistake.
  10. All podiatric medical students are trained as surgeons by being required to complete a three-year surgical residency upon graduation from podiatric medical college.

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