Jerry Seinfeld Honors ABPM Diplomate with Third Donation to NYCPM

Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Dr. Joseph D'Amico (R)

Jerry Seinfeld and Joseph D’Amico, DPM

For the third year in a row, comedian Jerry Seinfeld has expressed his gratitude for the skill of his podiatrist, Joseph D’Amico, DPM, Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and an alumnus, with a substantial donation to his alma mater. The donation will support the Richard O. Schuster Memorial Biomechanics Seminar, of which Dr. D’Amico is scientific chair, as well as biomechanics research and foot care for needy New Yorkers.

Dr. Joseph D’Amico has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1978.

Source: PM News, Online 

ABPM Diplomate Speaks at South African Podiatry Congress

(L-R) Drs. Kevin Kirby and Howard Dananberg with Simon Spooner at the South African Podiatry Congress

(L-R) Drs. Kevin Kirby and Howard Dananberg with Simon Spooner at the South African Podiatry Congress

Drs. Kevin Kirby (California), Howard Dananberg (Vermont), and Simon Spooner (UK) were keynote speakers for the 10th Biennial Congress for the Podiatry Association of South Africa being held this weekend in Stellenbosch, in the scenic Cape Winelands region of South Africa. Over 150 delegates from six different countries packed the lecture venue for the three-day seminar. Keynote lectures on “Tissue Stress Theory”, “How Foot Orthoses Work”, and “In-Shoe Pressure Analysis” were combined with talks from 20 other lecturers, including PhD podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, and podiatric clinicians.

Lecture topics included presentations on the latest concepts in foot and lower extremity biomechanics, foot orthosis therapy, sports medicine, the evolution of the human foot, diabetic wound treatment, and foot and ankle surgery. In addition, workshops on foot manipulation, subtalar joint and plantar plate examination, and midtarsal joint theory and examination were also included to make this seminar one of the most ambitious and well-attended podiatric seminars in South African history.

Kevin Kirby, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1992.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Dr. Tim Dutra joins Healthy Athletes Fit Feet Program at Special Olympics World Games

Dr. Timothy Dutra, podiatric medical volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games

Tim Dutra, DPM, podiatric medical volunteer for Special Olympics

ABPM Diplomate, Tim Dutra, DPM, joined the podiatric medical volunteer team for the Special Olympics World Games, held in Los Angeles on July 25-August 2, 2015, to help with the Healthy Athletes Fit Feet program.  Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings (one of seven different areas). Dr. Dutra is a faculty member of the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University.

The Special Olympics involves athletes with intellectual disabilities, with over 4.4 million athletes competing globally each year.  This is the first time in 16 years that the Special Olympics World Games returned to the USA.  Over 7,000 athletes from more than 170 nations competed in 25 sports.  Locations included USC, UCLA, Long Beach, and the L.A. Convention Center.  Nearly half of all the athletes experience preventable foot conditions.  The Fit Feet clinic worked from 11 am to 7 pm every day and frequently a long line of athletes was waiting to be evaluated.

The Fit Feet Stations included: 1) biomechanical exam, 2) shoe and foot measurement, 3) gait analysis and foot posture assessment, and 4) foot education.  All athletes received a pair of complementary athletic shoes from New Balance.

Dr. Dutra has also served as a medical staff volunteer for the Northern California Special Olympics Summer and Winter Games in the past.  “This is my first experience with the World Games, and it was a great to work with our medical services team and the athletes from all over the world.  The Special Olympics provides a great experience for the athletes, volunteers, and the spectators.”  The team included US podiatrists, international podiatrists, podiatry residents, and podiatry students from the two California schools of podiatric medicine.  A wide variety of foot conditions and pathologies were seen with some of the busiest days approaching 1000 athletes a day.   “The athletes really enjoyed the whole experience of the World Games and the opportunity to meet other athletes and non-athletes from around the world.”  Many celebrities came through the venues to meet the athletes and staff as well.

Maximize Your Residency and Become a Standout Candidate for Your Dream Job!

Residency is an important time for professional development. With some careful planning and a little bit of diligence you can position yourself to be a top candidate for any job. Here are a few tips for each year of residency:

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1):

  • Be respectful, attentive and develop relationships with your program director, attending physicians and senior residents. You can learn a lot from those around you, and the relationships you develop now may end up being the key to future opportunities, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Re-apply with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as a resident (resident application) – membership is free during your residency.
  • Start looking for opportunities to publish an article, give a presentation at a conference or conduct research – these types of activities will set you apart from other candidates when it comes time to job hunt.
  • Review the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) 320 document. It outlines all the standards for your residency training and will give you a guideline for your development over the next few years.
  • Create a habit of documenting your training and education in the relevant electronic logging system such as PRR or similar database.

Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2):

  • Be engaged as a learner and a teacher – help the PGY-1 residents. Teaching experience will expand your professional vocabulary.
  • Get involved! Whether it’s writing case studies, giving poster presentations at conferences or preparing PowerPoint lectures, these activities will not only add to your education but will add to your value as a potential employee and your credibility as a podiatrist.
  • Augment your education by reading on your own – it will help you understand and experience your daily activities in new ways. Consider additional educational resources such as PRESENT Lecture Hall and APMA REdRC.

Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY-3):

  • Continue assisting with training of the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. This will help solidify or refresh what you’ve learned.
  • Consider a fellowship for a fourth year of training.
  • Network in the area where you plan on entering practice by attending State Association or National APMA meetings near that location.
  • Take the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) qualification exams.
  • Ask for letters of reference from professors from your podiatry college, your residency director, attending physicians and other podiatrists you may work with during your residency. Excellent references can really set you apart when applying for jobs.


  • Surf the ABPM website and read the resident newsletter.
  • Surf the APMA website
  • Use the APMA Young Physician program benefits and services.  These are tailored specifically to your needs. Become familiar with their career center and participate in their networking events and opportunities.
  • Attend the APMA Young Physician Institute offered every Autumn. The lectures and workshops are designed for Young Physicians, and it will give you a valuable opportunity to network or maintain relationships with your peers.
  • Once you are Board Certified by the ABPM, get involved as a Young Physician. Being involved in your profession helps you develop both professionally and personally.

Thank you to Nichol Salvo DPM, APMA Director of Young Physicians for her contributions to the content of this article.

Podiatry Paths: Caring for Those Who Serve – Working in the Veteran Health Administration

Working as a podiatrist for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides different advantages than a career in private practice. The VHA offers compensation, which, when combined with comprehensive benefits, can be an attractive option for some podiatrists. It also has the additional benefit of providing much needed care to patients who have served our country. As a federal employee, there are also unique opportunities for advancement in clinical practice, leadership, research, education and national policy development.

In addition, because the VHA is its own integrated health care system, clinicians are able to focus solely on the practice of medicine, without the time and effort associated with billing and reimbursement issues. However, this also means practitioners give up the ability to control certain aspects of their business, such as ordering supplies, hiring and firing staff, marketing, etc.

“For me, the ability to focus on the practice of medicine without the hassles associated with insurance was very attractive,” said William E. Chagares DPM, Chief Podiatry Section at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. “I am able to concentrate on my patient priorities most of the day, throughout the work week.”

For those interested in a career with the VHA, it’s important to understand that the VHA runs on a step and grade system. Salary scale (or the specific step and grade) is determined by many factors, including post graduate training, years of experience, board certification, research and publications, and academic faculty appointments. Each employee’s step and grade are assigned during what is called the new hire “boarding process”. Taking time to ensure your CV is current, accurate and easily understood is the best way for a new employee to ensure they are boarded according to their individual qualifications and experience.

For more information about careers with the VHA, visit

ABPM at the Residency Education Summit East

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine will be an active participant at the Residency Education Summit East to be held August 14-16 in Teaneck, NJ.

Several ABPM Diplomates will provide presentations.

Main Track:

Marc Benard, DPM:  Orthotic Prescription Writing – Friday, 8/14/15 at 6:15-6:45pm

Michael DellaCorte, DPM: Update on the ABPM – Friday 8/14/15 at 6:45-715pm

Warren Joseph, DPM: Onychomycosis –  Saturday, 8/15/15 at 9:40-10:10am

Faculty Development Track:

Marc Benard, DPM:
Update on the ABPM – Friday, 8/14/15 at 11:50am-12:10pm
Explanation of Biomechanical Case Requirement in CPME 320 – Friday, 8/14/15 at 1-1:30pm

Ronald Soave, DPM:
Dealing with the Good and Bad Learner – Friday, 8/14/15 at 2:30-2:55pm
Update on the CPME – Friday, 8/14/15 at 4-4:30pm


Marc A. Benard, DPM:  Orthotic Prescription Workshop – Saturday, 8-15-15 at 11:10am-1:10pm

Questions for the Residency Rumble were supplied by the ABPM.

Dr. Kevin Kirby Comments on Lack of Biomechanics Expertise in Younger Practitioners

Kevin Kirby, DPM comments on biomechanics

Author: Kevin A. Kirby, DPM

It has now been 30 years since I first opened my podiatric practice, joining a group of orthopedic surgeons in a multispecialty practice. It has been a great experience for me as many changes have occurred within podiatry and the rest of the medical profession during this time. Some of the changes within podiatry have been good but I believe other changes have not been so good for our profession.

One of the positives that has occurred is that podiatrists have become a more integral part of the medical community than three decades ago. When I first started practice, the orthopedic surgeons I worked with were skeptical of my abilities and the abilities of other podiatrists. Today, however, these same orthopedic physicians consider me and many of my podiatric colleagues to be an important part of the medical community, showing little evidence of the skepticism that I first noticed three decades ago. Their views also seem to reflect the improved perception of podiatrists in the rest of the medical community.

I believe the change in status of the podiatric profession over the past 30 years is directly due to two factors. First of all, there were, and still are, many dedicated, high-quality podiatrists who worked hard for years before I entered practice, laying the groundwork for podiatrists to gain access to hospital and surgical privileges. This generation of podiatrists selflessly devoted themselves to the promotion of podiatry within all our medical communities and advanced the podiatric profession long before many of us started our own practices.

The second factor that has elevated the podiatric profession is the improved medical and surgical training of the podiatry students and podiatric residents who have eventually become members of our medical community over the past three decades. The more recently graduated podiatrists, with their increased medical knowledge and surgical skills, set an excellent example for the podiatric profession within our medical community. These young podiatric physicians, with their energy, skills and knowledge, have increasingly become the leaders of our podiatric medical community and will guide us into the future.

Unfortunately, during that same time frame, I see problems possibly brewing for the future of the podiatric profession. Over the past 30 years, I have taught biomechanics, sports medicine, foot orthosis therapy and shoe biomechanics concepts to podiatry students at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University (formerly the California College of Podiatric Medicine). In addition, over the past 26 years, I have helped train podiatric surgical residents on non-surgical and surgical biomechanics theory and techniques, foot orthosis therapy and sports medicine concepts.

What concerns me now about podiatry is that even though the third-year surgical residents all possess excellent clinical skills in medicine as well as forefoot, rearfoot and ankle surgery and trauma, many of the practical clinical skills in foot orthosis therapy and sports medicine that were once common among the podiatrists who graduated in my era have become sorely lacking. Even though I train these very intelligent podiatric surgeons on casting, prescribing and modification of foot orthoses along with sports medicine and shoe biomechanics concepts, these young podiatric physicians seem to come to me with relatively little skill and knowledge of non-surgical treatment methods.

Clearly, podiatrists need to be knowledgeable of foot and lower extremity biomechanics, and proficient in their non-surgical skills so they can provide excellent conservative care to their patients. It is important to keep in mind that many patients do not want to or cannot take time away from their work and family to have surgery.

Is this lack of training in non-surgical podiatric skills the fault of these third-year podiatric surgery residents? No. Rather, it is likely due to the podiatric surgery residency hierarchy emphasizing improved surgical skills at the expense of non-surgical skills. It is apparent that important conservative skills have been relegated to a minority status within the current mandatory three-year podiatric surgery residency model while all priorities are devoted toward molding podiatry residents into expert foot and ankle surgeons.

So has podiatry improved over the last 30 years? In some ways, we seem to be stepping forward but in other ways, we seem to be stepping backwards. Let us hope that we can continue to strive together to correct these deficiencies in non-surgical podiatric education and skills within our current post-graduate podiatric residency programs. It will be essential for us to do so if we want to remain the experts in both the surgical and the non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle pathologies for the good of our patients and for the good of the podiatric profession as a whole.


Kevin Kirby, DPM has been a board certified diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1992

Source: Podiatry Today, Volume 28 – Issue 8 – August 2015

ABPM Diplomates Present at ACFAOM Clinical Conference

ACFAOM 2015, the Annual Clinical Conference of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, held July 22, 2015 in Orlando, was deemed a big success by the approximately 100 DPMs who attended. As a ‘pre-conference’ to the APMA’s ‘The National’, 8 CECHs were awarded for two 4-hour interactive sessions: Biomechanics: (Posterior Tibial Dysfunction; Geriatric Patient; Biomechanical and Gait Evaluation); presented by Drs. Stephen Albert, Daniel Evans, and Jonathan Moore, and Medicine: (Differentiating Acute Charcot from Osteomyelitis; Calcaneal Fracture; Painful, Swollen, Red Lower Extremity; Puncture Wounds) presented by Drs. Daniel Evans, Jason Harrill, Rosemay Michel, Kathleen Satterfield, and Terry Weaver.

Both sessions were videotaped and will be available on ACFAOM’s Live Learning Center in mid-August. Corporate sponsors (Bako, BioMedix, and Langer Biomechanics) hosted food functions, and Mr. Jason Kraus gave a challenging talk at lunch titled ‘Podiatry Reimagined’ that projected changes likely to occur in healthcare delivery over the next 5 years and which will impact how podiatry is practiced and ways to prepare for them. ACFAOM 2016 will be held in Savannah, Georgia, June 24-26

The following presenters of ACFAOM 2015 are board certified diplomates of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (Stephen Albert, DPM since 1981; Terry Weaver, DPM since 1988; Daniel Evans, DPM since 1993; Kathleen Satterfield, DPM since 1996; Jason Harrill, DPM since 2002; Rosemay Michel, DPM since 2006; Jonathan Moore, DPM since 2007)


Source: Podiatry Management News, Online



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