ABPM Recognizes Residents for Highest In-training Examination scores

As part of a new program started this year, ABPM is pleased to recognize the top scoring residents, in each postgraduate training year (PGY), on their November 2014 In-training examination.

Congratulations to:

Tad Borland DPM

Dr. Tad Borland

Laura BohmanDPM

Dr. Laura Bohman

Joe Daley DPM

Dr. Joseph Daley








PGY 1: Tad Borland, DPM from Mercy Regional Medical Center/CCF

PGY 2: Laura Bohman, DPM from Cambridge Health Alliance

PGY 3: Joseph Daley, DPM from Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital


Each received a $500 Visa gift card for their achievement. This year, 862 residents took the In-training examination; 542 in November and 320 in May.

The In-training examination is a voluntary self-assessment tool available to all current residents and can be used to prepare for the ABPM board qualification examination. The ABPM In-training examination is administered in a short answer format and covers material under each of the following sections and related subsections: biomechanics, orthopedics, wound care, medicine and surgical criteria.

“The number of residents taking the ABPM In-training Examination has steadily increased over the past six years, as program directors and residents have increasingly appreciated the essential importance of medicine and biomechanics to overall patient management, including surgical management”, stated Marc A. Benard, DPM, ABPM Executive Director.


Detailed information is available in the residents section of our website.

Are Physical Therapists Overlooking The Benefits Of Orthotics For Runners?

Dr. Jennifer Sanders

Dr. Jennifer Sanders

ABPM Diplomate Jenny L Sanders, observes how many physical therapists view orthodics, from her recent attendance at the second annual Science of Running Research Symposium, sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association and CAL-PT-FUND.  She asks the question “Are Physical Therapists Overlooking The Benefits Of Orthotics For Runners?” in Podiatry Today online.

In the article, Sanders finds herself impressed by the attendees’ comprehensive knowledge of lower extremity biomechanics and gait analysis. She writes, “they followed lectures summarizing the lower extremity muscle activity of the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, gastrocnemius, soleus and posterior tibial muscles during loading, propulsion and swing phases of gait. They understood and were able to identify torsional abnormalities of the femur and tibia, and understood normal and abnormal motion at the hip, knee and ankle joints. Surprisingly, however, there was no mention of the foot, specifically the subtalar or midtarsal joints.”

“Not surprisingly,  without this foundation, none of the lecturers recommended functional custom orthotics as an appropriate treatment for running … ”  Read complete article

She underscores that “If you are a podiatrist sending patients to physical therapy for rehabilitation, you need to know what your patients are hearing. Even better, get to know your physical therapists personally and make sure they are on board with your treatment protocols before your patients spend six to eight weeks in their care.” More

Jennifer Sanders has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1994.

ABPM Diplomate part of Point-Counterpoint In Podiatry Today

Dr. Edwin Harris

Dr. Edwin Harris

Philip Bresnahan, DPM, FACFAS; and Edwin Harris, DPM, FACFAS and ABPM Diplomate, featured in Point-Counterpoint article in Podiatry Today discussing the treatment of asymptomatic pediatric flatfoot.  Dr. Harris has been a Diplomate of ABPM since 1978.

Dr. Bresnahan argues that it may be beneficial to treat asymptomatic flatfoot before it gets worse or leads to a secondary condition for a child.

Dr. Harris recommends regular observation for children with asymptomatic flexible flatfoot and deferring treatment until symptoms or a negative deviation from spontaneous correction become apparent.

By Philip Bresnahan, DPM, FACFAS We have recognized flatfoot deformity — and its many synonyms including valgus foot deformity, pes planovalgus or talipes valgus — as a condition requiring observation or treatment for many years. However, controversies exist on several fronts. If the condition does not cause pain, as is frequently the case in a child or in less than severe cases, should you even consider treatment?1 Next, what type of treatment is the best choice for those affected? Also, how effective is treatment at controlling the nature of the deformity? Finally, what is the cost of not treating the condition? – See more

By Edwin Harris, DPM, FACFAS The question is: should we treat a condition simply because that is what we have always done? The term asymptomatic pediatric flatfoot needs clarification since it is a part of a spectrum of conditions traditionally grouped together. There is no universally acceptable definition for flatfoot.1 Symptomatic or not, pediatric flatfoot is not a single entity and is not a single anatomical lesion. Pediatric flatfoot has undergone reclassification for better understanding and development of achievable treatment options.2 I will not consider rigid pronation deformities, pronation with tarsal coalition, iatrogenic flatfoot and other variations in this discussion — although they may be asymptomatic — because they are by definition pathological deformities requiring appropriate treatment.3 – See more 

Complete article in Podiatry Today online.


Running a Race With Pain Not Worth the Risk: CA Podiatrist

Dr. Kevin Kirby

ABPM Diplomate Dr. Kevin Kirby

Whether a runner can overcome an injury by marathon time depends on what the injury is and when it was sustained, said Dr. Kevin Kirby, podiatrist and former UC Davis track team member. When injuries occur a few months in advance, Kirby recommends swimming or cycling to maintain endurance while nursing running muscles back to health.

If it’s two weeks to race day when an injury strikes, the chance of sufficient recovery is slim. And if it hurts at the starting line, it’s only going to get worse. “If you get in the race and you can’t run normally, you should just stop,” he said. “Just stop. Take the bus home. It’s not worth it.”
Source: Sammy Caiola, The Sacramento Bee [12/6/14]
Dr. Kevin Kirby has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1992



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