466-img-doc-patientJarrod Shapiro, DPM, Assistant Professor at the College of Podiatric Medicine Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, and long time author of the weekly PRESENT eZine Practice Perfect, wrote a provocative piece this past week, entitled, "Why Podiatrists Should Know Medicine".  In it, he makes the case that podiatric sutdents, residents and practicing podiatrists should make sure that they have a broad knowlege of medicine, in order to most effectively care for their patients.  

What have you found as far as the value of your general medicine knowlege, in your years of treating patients ?  

  • Comments (4)
  • It is important to have more broad knowlegde in your special area because you can give a satisfying answer to your patient. And you can educate them more.

  • Okay, the most important thing a podiatry resident can do is to form a differential diagnosis. Even for medical problems unrelated to the foot one can form a differential diagnosis in conjunction with podiatric care. 

    I thought I attended a podiatric dermatologic lecture with a differential diagnosis of blistering diseases. Yet this app called diagnosaures provided the most comprehensive differential diagnosis. For 99 cents why can't every podiatric resident in the entire country have this app downloaded to their phone? Ideas like this are one reason why every podiatric resident should tell every one to go to podiatry.com e-talk so as to know and learn different techniques. 

  •  he makes the case that podiatric sutdents, residents and practicing podiatrists should make sure that they have a broad knowlege of medicine, in order to most effectively care for their patients. 


    As far as I know the above statement is so true. Systemic diseases can be told from looking at the foot. Also if someone has a foot infection how can antibiotics be given if the medical history shows a problem with kidney functioning. Why not call the MD and request a nephrology consult on how the dose of antibiotics should be adjusted, etc.....

    Podiatric medicine is so important. Furthermore what is more commonly done in the office podiatric medicine or podiatric surgery? There is a person attached to the foot. That person just might have medical problems that could be affected by podiatric treatments.


    Dan


  • Dr. Shapiro's comments on 'Why Podiatrists Should Know Medicine' in the recent Practice Perfect #466 is valid.

    (I am not advocating changing our degree status from DPM to another designation, but accepted parity in the medical profession would beacceptable)

    Is this not why we go through 4 years of medical school, and subsequent residency?

    If we want respect in the medical community, this is THE way to get it.

    From personal experience,  the knowledge you impart to other MD's regarding mutual patients  is a powerful tool, use it.

    Let the profession decide!

    Thank you Dr. Shapiro for your article.

     
    Respectfully,

    John Prior, DPM, MS, CWS