I'm not sure it's an "alternative" per se but as an unmatched graduate, any and all options should be considered.

Preceptorship:

The AAPPM used to run this program, and as of last year CASPR/CRIP touted it on their respective website. The only problem with this program is the lack of "management"- for the past years two administrators have run it as a volunteer basis, not many podiatrist sign up so opportunities are limited, and there is no guarantee of a stipend.

That being said:

http://aappm.org

The few unmatched grads I know who have had any luck with preceptorships either did one close to their program or cold called preceptors (pods) directly. Three I know of were able to make connections, have a podiatrist pick up PICA for them (they license preceptors) contacted pods in states that accept preceptorships to fulfil Liscencing requirements , went before those state boards to make them "count" and now practice as non surgical pods.

Another recource is PM News.

One poster I know who has achieved this is on these forums:

http://m.podiatry.com/etalk/viewtopics/12940

The others I know who have successfully achieved this had family members in the profession to vouch for them, or made connections within their state board (going to meetings , making connections)

CPed

We all hated Biomechanics at some point, as students, but a residency at an approved NCOPE facility (some are at the VA) will make one a CPed, which can't hurt in our profession. Salaries are not lucrative , but even while the profession moves towards surgical training, I would posit that a Podiatrist who can fabricate their own O & P can be worth their weight in gold- anyway, can't hurt :

ncope.org

Working for the Federal Government:

One applies through USA jobs, and while you may not apply as a podiatrist per se (can try if you have license ), there are opportunities for Health Tech and Prostetic Representives (going through the VA biomechanics "boot camp". The highest paid positions go from GS5-7, 11 with progressive experience, but the caveat of working in the federal system is:

- VANEEP
- Steady Paycheck
- Networking opportunities

Again, it's not what any DPM grad wants to strive for, but any government position will allow for loan forgiveness I believe in 10 years (if you work a underserved duty appointment).

DWC certification

This is the NAWCO Diabetic Wound care certification. If one can obtain a license in podiatry in one of the five states without residency, go through a course, and have worked and can document involvement in diabetic patients, may be worth looking into:

nawccb.org

Accerelated BSN degree

This is tricky, requires a ton of research and not every program accepts pre reqs over a certain time frame. There are also a few Entry Level Masters programs that will train you to sit for the NCLEX, and eventually a DNP degree. This option requires more schooling, money and training, so research this option carefully.

These are just some options I have found. I congratulate those formally unmatched who have achieved a program, and I hope to hear from more unmatched podiatrists. The residency crisis is far from over, and I wish us all luck in our common pursuit- obtaining a residency program or staying viable on healthcare so we can treat patients.

A Kim

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  • Dennis Shavelson DPM is dedicated to helping the unmatched. 

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    Dr. Shavelson, thank you. If you don't mind me asking, some time ago you made an offer for any unmatched grad or podiatrist who wants to hone their biomechanics skills at your practice. Would you care to pass off this info again? Can't seem to find the link. Regards, -Kim

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    I have always allowed ghosting on a dialy basis, one DPM at a time.

    I have organized 3 and 5 days "mini residencies" at my NYC Practice

    212 343 3668   christina@lifestylepodiatry.com

    I have an approved NYC precepteeship for one year (same contact) that reamins unfiled this year.

     

    Dennis



  • Dr. Shavelson, thank you.


    If you don't mind me asking, some time ago you made an offer for any unmatched grad or podiatrist who wants to hone their biomechanics skills at your practice. Would you care to pass off this info again? Can't seem to find the link.

    Regards,

    -Kim
  • Dr Kim:

     

    Well stated, well organized. realistic and worthwhile suggestions.

     

    Dennis