Dr. Marc Benard and Dr. William Chagares at Present

Dr. Marc Benard and Dr. William Chagares at the PRESENT Residency Education Summit West

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.”