Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is joined by Dr. Tea Nguyen, the show’s very first podiatrist. Dr. Nguyen is a podiatrist who has her own private practice in Sta. Cruz, California. She joins Dr. Erkeda to discuss the world of podiatry and how diverse this branch of the medical field can be.
- [01:06] Dr. Tea Nguyen and Choosing Podiatry
- [04:55] Training for Podiatrist
- [07:06] Ways to Work in the Field
- [09:25] Learnings from Podiatry
- [10:58] Tracks to Employment
- [12:32] Pearls for Podiatry (for takeaway)
- [14:00] What Would You Change in Healthcare
Becoming a Podiatrist
Podiatrists are specialized in one specific body part only, the feet. Dr. Tea Nguyen had the ambition to help solve general medical matters, and by doing so, decided to pursue the field of podiatric studies. Dr. Nguyen wanted to hone her skills to learn more about foot anatomy as well as work on a body part that was less intimate. In terms of training, she went through the same training MDs and DOs by going through podiatry schools and gained the specialized experiences.
What to Expect in Podiatry
Working in this specific field is dynamic as long as you are addressing the issues centered around the foot area. For interested students, there are many ways to earn as a podiarist either through hospitals, organizations, or be your private entity. As for the patient inquiries, Dr. Nguyen cited 4 common queries that podiatrists address on a daily basis. These include aching feet, changing nail color, hindering pain from activities, and diabetes.