In a time when medicine has been in a state of chaos and applications to medical schools are down, why should you consider Podiatric medicine and surgery as a career? The health care industry as with all industries is cyclic. For many years there was an over supply of physicians in the United States and health care costs were rising faster than the rate of inflation. As a result, managed care companies entered the medical market place and drastic changes began to occur. For the past 15- 20 years these changes in the health care industry have made it less and less desirable to put the long hours and years of study in that were necessary to become a doctor. Physicians near retirement moved up their retirement dates and the number of graduating physicians has been declining. This has all been occurring at the same time that new and exciting advances have been taking place in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and at the same time that the US population has been growing and ageing. In the next 4 to 5 years the health care industry will develop a shortage of well-qualified and dedicated physicians to care for the growing and aging population.
It is this author's opinion that the recent trends in Internet communication and the integration of new technology into the physicians office are setting the stage for the physicians and patients to re-take the high ground in medicine. Many of managed cares experiments have failed and employers and patients are demanding changes that will affect the physician community in a positive fashion.
A career in podiatric medicine and surgery can be very rewarding and satisfying. The array of medical problems, sports medicine challenges and surgical interactions keeps the practice of podiatry an exciting and challenging career choice. Most podiatric physicians treat pediatric problems, sports injuries, diabetic wound care and limb saving techniques, surgical reconstruction of foot and ankle problems and geriatric problems. Patient appreciation and positive feedback tend to be immediate and it is easy to finish a busy day of seeing patients with a real sense of gratification.
For more information about a career in this exciting and rewarding medical specialty visit the following links to the schools of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. There are seven schools in the United States.
If you would like to visit the office of a podiatrist near you, contact us and we will be happy to arrange such a visit.