About Podiatric Medicine
Across the United States millions of people suffer from ailments of the foot and lower extremities. Yet, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), there is only one podiatric physician for every 20,000 Americans. This fact points to an increased demand for well-trained podiatric physicians. Indeed, podiatric medicine is one of the fastest growing professions in America today: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in positions for doctors of podiatric medicine by 2014.
As a podiatric physician, you would treat conditions affecting the lower extremities, providing palliative, acute, and chronic care. Often the first to recognize arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, doctors of podiatric medicine engage in surgery on a regular basis -- an opportunity not available in other medical fields.
Podiatric physicians specialize in a variety of areas, ranging from primary care to sports medicine. Clinical venues include solo or group practice, hospitals, faculties of schools of medicine and nursing, the Armed Forces, Veterans’ Affairs, and the U.S. Public Health Service.
Work schedules are more flexible than those of some other medical fields, and podiatric medicine is among the better salaried of the medical professions: A 2008 survey by the APMA ranked podiatric medicine second highest among salaries of the six medical professions surveyed, with earnings of $176,000.
Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery offers you the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree in four years. With a DPM, you are certified as a practitioner of podiatric medicine and become eligible to enter post-graduate residency training in podiatric medicine. Barry’s program offers you some unique advantages; we invite you to explore our website further as you consider a career in podiatric medicine-- one of the most exciting and in-demand fields of medicine.