The number one distinct difference is in the level of training required to become an Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon.
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are the only medical practitioners with extensive specialist training in the management of foot and ankle conditions. See Australian Orthopaedic Association comparisons here.
Patients with foot and ankle conditions often have complex medical problems. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medically trained and qualified to assess and treat these conditions.
WAOFAS members have the following credentials:
- Completed six years Medical School (MBBS/MD/BMBS) to become a medical doctor (Medical Practitioner)
- Completed a supervised Internship of 12 months full time to obtain general unconditional registration with the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA).
- Completed at least two years as junior medical doctors (Resident Medical Officer) treating general medical conditions.
- Completed a five year specialty training program in Orthopaedic surgery supervised by the Australian Orthopaedic Association, which includes foot and ankle surgery. This involves hands on surgical experience and a structured educational course with exams throughout. At completion of training there is a week long examination process with strict standards and which overseas registered Orthopaedic surgeons are expected to pass prior to practicing in Australia.
- Undertaken post-qualification advanced subspecialty training in foot and ankle surgery. This is a further 6-12 months or more training in the form of a national or international fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.
- Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are required to undertake annual Continuing Professional Development as mandated by the Australian Medical Council, in order to maintain standards and keep unto date with developments.
- Are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
- Are Fellows of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
- Abide by Medical Board (AHPRA) Codes, Guidelines and Policies including those relating to advertising and social media.
- Have independent accreditation by the Australian Medical Council.