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Becoming a Podiatric Surgeon

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Radhika92, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Radhika92

    Radhika92 Member

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    Hi everyone! :)

    My name's Radhika, I'm currently in my final year of uni, and am extremely interested in podiatric surgery. I'm hoping to study further, after working for a few years and was just wondering where anyone would recommend to study surgery in the UK. I've also been looking abroad, for example The University of Western Australia. I know its early days yet, as I haven't even qualified, but just wanted to get an idea of the experiences clinicians training to become surgeons or who are surgeons have had.

    Thanks :)

  2. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran


    Try Brighton, Glasgow, and Edinburgh Schools of Pod, each of which run the MSc in surgery theory. They should be able to give you more info. you may have to wait post-qual before you can access the MSc.
  3. sadders

    sadders Member

    Why not mentioned Huddersfield. Great course.
  4. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    I would imagine the MSc is delivered to a standard, wherever you take it.
  5. sadders

    sadders Member

    True. I am on the course in Huddersfield but also have done the odd module elsewhere. One of the major plus points of Huddersfield is that the course is led by a pod surgeon.
  6. hoipolloy

    hoipolloy Welcome New Poster

    Hey, Im in the same position. Im just finishing my final year. Thinking of glasgow. Its led by a pod surgeon too. Glasgow has a great reputation, modules offered part time allowing for part time work at the same time. Good luck!
  7. Radhika92

    Radhika92 Member

    Hi David and Sadders,

    Yeah I've heard that Brighton is good, I was actually thinking about Huddersfield as well, how long would you say on average it takes to become a surgeon? I think in Australia is takes like 3 years but that's full time, which I wouldn't mind doing but it just very expensive!

    Hi Hoipolloy hope you're not as stressed as I am because of final year! Yeah I know a few podiatrists who are currently studying surgery in Glasgow, they're enjoying it. Good luck with the final hurdle! :)
  8. Muhammad Rais

    Muhammad Rais Welcome New Poster

    hi all,

    First thing, whenever you go for a medical subject it is not a fun, it is really a matter of responsibility. You do it from any university or college, it requires you to understand the real theme of learning the beauty of medicine.

    With kind regards,

  9. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    I believe the MSc takes three year part-time. That's only the theory though. You then have to find a mentor who will take you on as a pupil - that is a biiiig hurdle, and I am now a little out of touch as to how big a hurdle it actually is. It may take another five years to become a Pod Surgeon - it was never an easy or quick option.

    Someone will be along in a bit to advise, I'm sure.
  10. G Flanagan

    G Flanagan Active Member

    Hi Radhika.

    Podiatric Surgery is a fantastic and varied speciality within Podiatry.

    The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) have produced a surgical training document detailing the requirements for fellowship. This is a succinct document which should answer your questions.

    I would suggest the first thing you need to do is visit a unit, both outpatients and theatre.

    Whilst surgery is a lengthy option (in terms of training) it certainly is fulfilling, challenging and provides a fantastic career.

    Of course I am biased as I'm a surgical trainee.

  11. Radhika92

    Radhika92 Member

    Hey everyone,

    Yes, I've been told of how difficult it is to find a surgeon to train under, which is what I'm worried about the most, probably also why I'm thinking of studying abroad. I've been fortunate enough to visit two units, I was amazed at what I saw, and both confirmed that practicing podiatric surgery is what I want to do. Would I be able to access this document on the SCP website?

    Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! :)
  12. andimarie

    andimarie Welcome New Poster

    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post in Podiatry Arena. I am currently in my final year of podiatric study in Ireland. I too am very interested in pursuing a career in podiatric surgery and am considering applying for the Msc in Pod. Surg. Theory in Huddersfield University. Nobody has commented here for a few months but I'm wondering if you (Radhika92) could provide an update on your journey to becoming a pod surgeon? Did you apply to a University within the UK or elsewhere? Thank you.

  13. Radhika92

    Radhika92 Member

    Hi Andrea,

    Regarding my journey in becoming a pod surgeon, unfortunately I haven't had the chance to do much recently due to placements, my dissertation, exams which are in a few weeks and other personal commitments. I too am thinking of Huddersfield and will be looking to gain more experience in pod surgery during the summer. If I do come across any information, I will definitely message you to let you know. What is the situation of pod surgery like in Ireland and how are you finding your final year? Hope everything is going well for you! :)
  14. andimarie

    andimarie Welcome New Poster

    I know the feeling about getting swamped with final year work! There is only pod course in Ireland and it's 4 years long. The dissertation is a major part of this last year, I was delighted to finish it in Feb. I'm just back from pod placement in NY, it was fantastic. You can't be a pod surgeon in the Republic of Ireland (I believe you can in the North). I was planning to come to England anyway so if I could work and do the part time Huddersfield theory course that would be perfect. It's often very difficult to get a foot in the door after the theory course but you get POM certified. I believe you get a certificate of competency in using ionizing radiation too (really loved the radiology practicals and lectures in NY!). So I guess it's a plus anyway. Even if just so expand clinical knowledge and range :D I will also message you if I hear anything else, best of luck in your finals!
  15. bob

    bob Active Member

    Radhika & Andrea - I would recommend you both contact your local podiatric surgery units and arrange to spend time shadowing the staff there as George has mentioned below. Please contact the Society for up to date information on the training process. I would also recommend you attend this year's Annual College of Podiatry Conference in Liverpool:
    You should find plenty of information about the path to becoming a podiatric surgeon there and make valuable contacts across the range of training grades in podiatric surgery. I wish you the very best of luck towards your future careers in podiatric surgery and encourage anyone else to do the same if they have an interest.
  16. andimarie

    andimarie Welcome New Poster


    Thank you, the advice is much appreciated! Unfortunately there are no podiatric surgery units in the Republic of Ireland so I will have to wait to shadow until after I graduate and move to England. I will seek out my local one the minute I get there though! Cheers for the conference link and information too, I plan on going to that in November to find out what I can. No harm for beginning the CPD folder too.

  17. bob

    bob Active Member

    Not a problem Andrea.

    Here's a potentially very good local contact for you too which will hopefully help to save you a trip on Ryanair:

    And here is a link to the Society's website for more information:

    And here is a link to the SCP staff directory - email anyone in post grad education for further info on training in podiatric surgery):

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