Working as a podiatrist

Podiatrists comprise a relatively small group of physicians situated in the vast and complex field of modern day medicine. With only 18 000 licensed podiatric physicians in the United States, those working as doctors within the field ultimately make up an elite group responsible for preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders pertaining to the lower structures of the leg. Although small, podiatry offers physicians who practice it with a substantial amount of options with respect to specialization.

There is a relatively large array of positions within the field including podiatric vascular specialists, gerontological podiatrists, podiatric diabetologists and those who specialize in high risk wound care, forensic podiatry and sports medicine. Because of the wide range of their education and training, DPMs (Doctors of Podiatric Medicine) have the authority to provide treatment by prescribing medications, recommending various types of therapy as part of a comprehensive care plan and even performing surgery.

As specialists, podiatrists are licensed to provide treatment for foot and leg ailments concerning bone, ligaments, tissue and muscle pathologies including, but not limited to, skin and nail afflictions, nerve damage, arthritis and degenerative foot and ankle disorders. In addition, because many serious illnesses initially present with symptoms in the lower extremities such as heart and kidney disease as well diabetes, podiatrists receive comprehensive, continuous training and education which enables them to handle the broad scope of their duties.

DPMs provide care and treatment for relatively minor ailments as well with common conditions such as foot and toenail fungus being one of their responsibilities as well. Although minor, they can cause severe and debilitating pain for those suffering with them and DPMs will often use one or a combination of treatment options on their patients.

A podiatrist can treat toenail and foot fungus sufferers by prescribing either topical or oral anti-fungal medication such as terbinafine, clotrimazole or fluconazole. There are several different treatments for toenail fungus, with varying levels of effectiveness and side effects. The oral medications are more commonly used as they have success rates ranging from 48% to 76% whereas topical ointments only effectively treat toe and foot fungi less than 10% of the time. However podiatrists have found that topical medications are more effective once a debridement procedure had been conducted beforehand which involves the trimming or removal of the dying nail.

A podiatrists’ formal education is typically on par with that of other specialists – they are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree and successfully complete podiatric medical school in addition to a 3 year residency in order to receive a license to practice. In the US, they can be board certified by meeting stringent requirements including the completion of a clinical and writing an examination.

After graduation, podiatrists have the option to either work in a practice or a health care facility such as a chronic care hospital and rehabilitation centre. DPMs are also employed in sectors that are not generally health care related such as the military and the sports department of post-secondary institutions. With respect to their salaries, a podiatrist’s gross income can range from between $ 60, 000 to over $ 187, 000 per annum with the median being $116 000 per year.

A day in the life of a Termite Inspector

Okay, the phone call comes in from a homeowner – I think we have termites. The homeowners have identified a pile of termite feces or “frass,” around their foundation, fearing that these very damaging insects have burrowed underneath their home of wood. Wood is not the only material that termites can eat through, they can eat through plaster, metal siding, foam, plastic, and thin sheets of lead.

Training and experience has taught termite inspectors that subterranean termites are the most common insect found in the United States. They enjoy damp, moist, dark places, which is why southeastern and west coast states have a higher incidence of this insect. In addition to the subterranean termite, other species include the “dry-wood” termite and the “damp-wood” termite.

Termites can not be treated by homeowners alone, it takes a trained professional to correctly detect the signs of termites – these are trained people who knows their habits, their lifestyle, and their vulnerabilities. As such, if you enjoy meeting people and you don’t mind tight crawl-in spaces, then a termite inspector might be of interest to you, especially if you own your business. Training to become a termite inspector is not difficult and an expensive college degree is not needed. If you have a high school degree, you can make between $35,000 to $52,000 a year, depending on the type of clients that you obtain.

People who wish to become termite inspectors can begin by taking a termite certification course online and in a matter of just a few weeks, about three months, you can take a state certification test that involves their knowledge of pest inspection, pest control techniques, managing damage to buildings, and how to apply pesticides. They must also become familiar with local laws regarding termite treatments, safety, and chemical pesticides. Then the excitement and reward of starting your own self-employment career and setting your own hours begins. Going into the termite treatment business will earn you some very good money because the cost of termite treatments can be as high as $2,000 and as low as $400. The price of termite inspection involves the square footage of the building, the type of treatment used, and if drilling is involved.

The types of termite treatments includes applying a liquid barrier around the home that kills or stops the termites. Baiting is used to destroy a termite infestation, by placing a poison treated cardboard or paper pellets to the termite’s mound, where it is consumed by them and brought back to their colony, where their excrement further distributes the poison. Also, fumigation involves pumping an odorless, colorless gas throughout the home, suffocating the termites. Children and pets are not harmed by the innovative poisons used to treat termite nests and infestations. The latest technology is the electro-gun which emits 90,000 volts of electricity into the nests of the dry-wood termites. The electrical current from the electro-gun enters their bodies, which is made up of 90% water.

Establishing your own termite treatment business is easier if you speak with other professionals in the business and to apply all that you’ve been taught, as well as to follow-up with the latest termite treatment innovations. Use the Internet, magazines, and newspapers to help advertise your business, as well as other methods to help improve your business without going over your budget.

Dealing with being fired or made redundant


Some people look at their current job as a race. A race between quitting before the company gets a chance to fire, lay off, or downsizes the employee’s position. Being fired is no fun, particularly if you are like most people who depend on their job to eat, pay the bills, and take a two-week vacation every year. Losing a job often throws chaos into the life of an employee, whether it was justified or not. The question then becomes how to deal with the event.

First, accept the reality and take time to decompress. It is a stressful event and usually comes unexpectedly. People need time to put the brakes on and mentally prepare themselves to move forward. For this step, the time each person needs will be different, but any more time than a week is probably too long.

Next, pick up a pencil and paper and write down all of your positive accomplishments during your time with the company. This will be necessary for the job description section of the resume, but will also show you that even though you were fired, there are a lot of positives you can take away from your time there. Do not try to be picky with what you write down; you can make changes later.

What you do next should be obvious – update your resume. You will need to do this to search for a new job, and you can add your accomplishments from your previous job. Another reason not to wait too long before getting back on your feet is because from the day you got fired the clock began to run on how long you were unemployed. As many people have found out during the most recent economic downturn, the longer the time between your last job and your current job search, the less likely you are to be hired.

One of the most difficult things you will have to do is to stay positive, especially if you believe your firing was unjustified. You have the right to your feelings but the most important thing to do is to get employed again. That is the antidote for getting fired.

There are times when you see the train coming down the tracks, and the train has a “Fired!” sign on the front. One of these times is when you feel your position and job are redundant, when you see five other people doing the same job. Besides being bored, you are waiting for management to show you the door sooner than later. How should you deal with this situation?

Compared to the unexpected firing, this is a situation where you have time to prepare. Emotionally dealing with it is easier as long as you take immediate action. You are trying to win the “you can’t fire me, I quit” race. Follow the same preparation steps as discussed above when being fired. Update your resume and begin looking as soon as possible.

There are a couple of issues to consider before moving forward and leaving the company. First, are you sure the reality of the situation is not something you fear or imagine? Second, if you do begin looking for another job and your current employer discovers it, what will your response be? Finally, is your perception of the situation a result of actually wanting to leave the company and you are simply looking for an excuse to leave?

How to ask for a raise


The raise. One of the most interesting, delicate, and potentially dangerous requests made by an employee during their stay with a company. There are as many ways to ask for a raise as there are individual relationships between an employee and their boss. What you need to know first is why you should ask for a raise.

Everyone is overworked and underpaid. So your request for a raise at a time when normal employee reviews are not scheduled needs to be based on your work performance and overall benefit to the company since your employment began. Having a good week or finding out someone who is doing the same job is making more than you is not a reason to ask for a raise. The basis for your request must be based solely on your merits.

First, be sure you have solid basics when personally evaluating yourself. Here are some common issues that are often overlooked during the self-evaluation process.

Were you on time every day? Leaping into your chair one second before you are scheduled to start working does not mean you are on time from the perspective of management. Whatever reasons there may be for you being late on occasion does not change the reality you were late.

Were you late coming back from lunches or meetings? A lot of people may be fine on being back from lunch on time, but being late from (or for) meetings can be considered the same as being late for work. If you are guilty of this business behavior, hit the pause button before asking for a raise.

Has your work performance exceeded the expectations of your manager? In other words, stop looking around and comparing yourself to other employees, since each employee has their role in the company. Your manager is the person who will be evaluating you during your time with the company, and the person you will have to convince that you qualify for the raise.

Do you have a good relationship with your manager? If not, you probably have to rethink the whole asking for a raise idea.

If you are satisfied with the basics, then you can move on to the approach – how to ask for the raise. You need to be prepared to make your case with facts that both you and your manager are aware of. These can be sales figures, problems resolved, e-mails from other departments giving you positive feedback on your performance, and even recognition that came directly from the manager. Be assertive but not arrogant. While your performance may be exceptional, and your manager recognizes it, the request for an unscheduled raise is not an obligation to the company. It is at their discretion.

Finally, address the request for a raise with a future orientation. This means that while your justification for asking is based on past and present performance, your argument is that you will justify getting the raise based on your future performance with the company at your present position. In other words, they are making an investment, not rewarding you for what you have done.