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Podiatrist Part Time- Highland Springs 2017

Job ID 5827777 Date posted 09/27/2017

Description

SUMMARY: Diagnoses and treats diseases and deformities of human foot: Diagnoses foot ailments, such as tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin or nail diseases, and congenital or acquired deformities, utilizing diagnostic aids, such as urinalysis, blood tests, and x-ray analysis. Treats deformities, such as flat or weak feet and foot imbalance, by mechanical and electrical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths and short wave and low voltage currents. Treats conditions, such as corns, calluses, in growing nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses by surgical methods, including suturing, medications, and administration of local anesthetics. Prescribes drugs. Corrects deformities by means of plaster casts and strappings. Makes and fits prosthetic appliances. Prescribes corrective footwear. Advises patients concerning continued treatment of disorders and proper foot care to prevent recurrence. Refers patients to physician when symptoms observed in feet and legs indicate systemic disorders, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney trouble. May treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders and be designated Podiatrist, Orthopedic (medical ser.). May perform surgery and be designated Podiatric Surgeon (medical ser.).



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the foot such as corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails, tumors, bunions, cysts and abscesses.
2. Correct deformities by means of plaster casts, strappings and use of durable medical equipment.
3. Makes and fits prosthetic devices.
4. Prescribes prosthetic footwear.
5. Refers patients to physician when symptoms observed in feet and legs indicate systemic disorders, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney trouble.
6. May perform surgery.


Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
1. Attendance at a four-year podiatric college providing a general medical curriculum parallel to that of traditional medical schools, but with special emphasis on the lower extremity.
2. More than 4,000 hours of instruction concentrate on the basic sciences during the first two years, and on clinical training and practice during the final two years.
3. Two years of practical service accomplished in clinics, allied clinical programs, affiliated teaching hospitals and private offices.
4. Degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM.
5. Successful completion of residency programs lasting from one to four years. Usually carried out in teaching hospitals, and include training and experience in such fields as emergency services, anesthesiology, radiology, general medicine, pathology, general surgery, and podiatric surgery, as well as dermatology, neurology, orthopedics, physical medicine, and rehabilitation.


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