PAIN & PODIATRY ONLINE
OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE EXPLAINED
D.P.M.: D.P.M. is the initials for Doctor of Podiatric
PODIATRY: Podiatrics is the medical
and surgical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation
and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal
system as related to the foot and ankle.
surgeon, also called a podiatric physician or podiatrist, is
a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) who has extensive training
in the diagnosis, and non-surgical and surgical treatment of
the musculoskeletal system (including bones, joints, ligaments,
tendons, muscles and nerves) as related to the foot and ankle.
D.P.M. EDUCATION: The American Podiatric Medical
Association reports that "DPMs receive conventional medical
training, plus special training on the foot, ankle and lower
leg. In all of the U.S., District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico, Podiatrists must pass state board examinations before they
are licensed. Most require continuing medical education
for license renewals. From an educational standpoint, Podiatric
Surgeons must complete up to 9 to 11 years of formal education
before they can enter into practice. This educational process
includes four years of study at a college or university, four
years of study in podiatric medical school, and typically a three
yearpodiatric residency program.
BOARD CERTIFICATION: Once a Podiatrist is in practice, after five
years, the doctor is eligible to take the examination to become
board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
To pass the board certification for the American Board of Podiatric
Surgery, the podiatric surgeon must demonstrate mastery of podiatric
knowledge by passing both a 300 question written examinations
and a 12 question oral examination. Out of the 14,000 practicing
podiatric surgeons in the USA, only 3600 have passed the board
certification examination by the American Board of Podiatric
Surgery. Both Dr. Mark Reed and Dr. Melanie Reed are board
certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Podiatric
Surgeons can apply and pass other examination boards for Podiatrist
but the ABPS is the highest amd most difficult board certification
that a Podiatrist can achieve.
In addition to becoming board certified, Podiatrists must spend
50 hours in studying and attending continuing medical education
in Podiatric surgery every two years to maintain current podiatric
knowledge and skills if licensed in California.
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