ABPM Secretary William Chagares, DPM and Executive Director Marc Benard, DPM addressed the residents at the PRESENT Residency Education Summit West, in Oakbrook, IL. Dr. Chagares discussed a podiatric career in the Veterans Administration during the “Life Skills” segment of the conference. Dr. Benard followed with an update on the ABPM. Elsewhere in the conference Dr. Benard opened PRESENT’s “8th Residency Rumble”, a well-established event in which residents form teams competing for recognition and a cash award in answering clinical questions, in a game-show environment. The event is both fun and challenging. This year the ABPM provided all questions for the Residency Rumble. Dr. Benard, along with Scott Marshall, owner of KLM Laboratory, also conducted an orthotic prescription writing workshop for the residents. “As the only comprehensive regional specialists of the foot and ankle, it’s essential that podiatric physicians retain these skills as they have the most comprehensive perspective. ”, said Dr. Benard. “The use of foot orthoses and/or ankle-foot-orthoses to enhance foot function are as innate to our specialty as is podiatric surgery. They are in no way mutually exclusive, and the integration of both renders the most effective management for most of our patient population.”
The American Board of Podiatric Medicine hosted a reception for approximately sixty podiatric students at the Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, in Pomona, CA on Monday, May 18, 2015. During the event, past ABPM presidents Dr. Lester Jones and Dr. James Stavosky were joined by ABPM Executive Director Dr. Marc Benard to discuss details of the ABPM board certification process, including its significance towards development of their podiatric careers. Also in attendance at the event were ABPM Diplomates, Dr. Lawrence Harkless, Dr. Kathleen Satterfield, and Dr. Robert Christman, as well as many other Western University staff and faculty.
The ABPM congratulates all students who will be graduating this semester from the Western University College of Podiatric Medicine and wishes them the best in their future endeavors!
A Memorial Day message from one of our Diplomates:
In 2011 I had retired from a 27 year career in the Army Reserve. My deployment days were over. However, in 2012 I received an email asking if I was interested in becoming an AfPak Hand. The Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand program is an intensive training program designed to develop individuals to work directly with the people of the country. Five to seven months of counter-insurgency training, language school (Pashto, Urdu or Dari), high performance driving, weapons and culture were needed.
I served as Senior Health Advisor to the Ministry of Public Health and was able to develop a continuing medical education program, advise the Minister Saraya Dalil directly, and interact with direct health care workers on the ground. I frequently worked with embassies, USAID, International Red Cross, and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) such as the Bill Gates Foundation. The most important job was interceding for Afghan people requiring urgent care from injuries sustained due to the ongoing attacks. I was pleased to receive recognition for my services, but will always remember the desperate and kind people of Afghanistan.
LTC James L. Canterbury USAR, Ret.
ABPM Diplomate since 1996
The American Health Care Professionals (AHCP) and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) has just released the details for a podiatric educational CME program in Israel. “This will be the first time in over twenty five years that there has been an educational program or mission to Israel for podiatric physicians in Israel,” says Dr. Marlene Reid, co-chair of the program. The program scheduled for Novemeber 15-24, 2015 is presented by both APF and Western College of Podiatric Medicine. Lawrence Harkless, DPM is serving as co-chair.
While many podiatrist may not be familiar with the APF, the APF is certainly familiar with podiatrists. Paul Scherer, DPM is the immediate past president and has been involved with the organization for many years, and Charles Kurtzer, DPM sits on their board as Membership Chair. The trip will be a traveling excursion and is geared for both first time visitors and those who will be returning to Israel.
Dr. Lawrence Harkless has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1994 and Dr. Paul Scherer has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1979.
Source: Podiatry Management News
Dr. Marc A. Benard is the current Chair for Disaster Relief for Rotary International’s District 5280, which is composed of 63 clubs. Dr. Benard and the district are currently mobilizing their disaster relief effort to handle both monetary donations and donations-in-kind to this devastated area of Nepal.
No stranger to international humanitarian service, Dr. Benard (Co-Director of the Baja Project for Crippled Children/Operation Footprint) organized his Rotary district’s disaster relief effort to the Philippines in late 2013 and 2014, where 500,000 people were victims of Typhoon Yolanda. With the economic assistance of his Rotary district, a co-venture with Help The Children and The Peace Project resulted in over 40 homes constructed on northern Cebu Island.
Dr. Benard is the current Executive Director of ABPM and has been a board certified diplomate since 1982.
Source: Podiatry Management News Online
Dr. Matthew J. Connolly was named Podiatrist of the Year for 2015 by the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association (KYPMA). KYPMA is a professional association for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine serving the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is an affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Connolly graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his podiatric residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, WV.
Dr. Connolly has been a board certified diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1992.
Source: Podiatry Management News Online & KYPMA
Charles M. Zelen, DPM was awarded third place overall in the oral abstract category at SAWC Spring 2015 for his poster and clinical study. The study article, authored by Charles M. Zelen, DPM, Lisa Gould, MD, PhD; Thomas E. Serena, MD; Marissa Carter, PhD, MA, Jennifer Keller, DPM, and William W. Li, MD, was recently published in the International Wound Journal.
The paper was a multi-center, randomized, comparative effectiveness study examining side-by-side the performance, outcomes, wastage, and cost of EpiFix(R) as compared to Apligraf(R) as a standard of care for chronic lower extremity diabetic ulcers.
Dr. Zelen has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2000.
Source: Podiatry Management Online
Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Neal Houslanger were each presented with a Humanitarian Service Award for their support in improving the lives of the people of Haiti by Dr. Patricia Nicholas, the founder and president of the Kindest Hearts Foundation. They were also the “Guests of Honor” at the recent Kindest Hearts Foundation Fundraiser Dinner.
The Kindest Hearts Foundation organization believes that teaching the Haitian people to help themselves and providing them with the tools to do so will help them become self-sufficient. Dr. Nicholas, through the foundation, has built and maintained a medical clinic and school from literally the ground up and hopes to build an orphanage in the near future.
Dr. Shapiro has been a board certified diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1992.
Source: Podiatry Management Online
Brittany Stillman, DPM is now providing foot care at the Specialty Services Clinic at Bridgton Hospital. Dr. Stillman is a graduate of Kent State University of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.
From 2010 to 2013, she completed her medical and surgical residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI. Between 2013 and 2014, she completed a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI.
She is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, as well as the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Stillman has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 2013.
Source: Podiatry Management News Online