APMWA Golden Quill Award Selects Dr. Howard Malin as Recipient

Howard Malin, DPM, recipient of APMWA Golden Quill Award

Howard Malin, DPM, recipient of APMWA Golden Quill Award

Howard G. Malin, DPM has been selected to receive the American Podiatric Medical Writers Association’s (APMWA) Golden Quill Award. This award is the highest honor an APMWA member can receive and represents extraordinary contributions to podiatric literature. The previous winners have been Drs. Elizabeth Roberts and Ben Kauth (co-founders), Joseph Addante (past president) and E. Dalton McGlamry.

Dr. Malin served from 1986 as archivist for APMWA and from 2003 to present as president of APMWA. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Award with First Oak Leaf Cluster (2002). The Golden Quill Award will be presented by APMWA Executive Director and Co-founder, Dr. Barry Block at the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame Luncheon, July 15th in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Howard Malin has been board certified with the ABPM since 1978.

Source: PM News, Online

Practice Profiles: Dr. Daniel Evans, DPM and President American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM)


“I alwEvans Daniel DPMays knew I wanted to go into medicine and chose podiatry because I liked the idea of serving patients along the spectrum of life from the youngest children to geriatric patients.  I also liked the hands on nature of the practice and the ability to work closely one on one with patients,” stated Dr. Dan Evans.  Dr. Evans is currently a Professor at the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and an attending physician at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois.

A graduate of the Scholl College, Dr. Evans started a general podiatric private practice immediately after completing his residency at the Hines VAMC.  Shortly thereafter he was asked to join Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) as a part time attending physician and soon after that asked to teach at the Scholl College.  “That was nearly 34 years ago,” explained Dr. Evans.

“I juggled that schedule, and those three careers, for 29 years before selling my private practice about five years ago.  Now I split my time between teaching radiology at the Scholl College and being involved in patient care and educating students and residents at Hines VAMC.”

“I love teaching because it is a challenge that never gets old.  It’s a magical moment when a student finally understands a complex concept and how to apply that information to accurately diagnose and treat a patient’s condition.   I also like teaching the discipline of our profession, which includes building trust with a patient by carefully and thoughtfully explaining possible diagnostic approaches or procedures to their patients.”

Dr. Evans is passionate about podiatry.  He has recently assumed the role of President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and is a member of the examination committee for the ABPM. He also lectured at numerous local, regional and national conferences.  “I feel that participating in my profession beyond my practice has given me not only added opportunity but it has also been extremely rewarding,” stated Evans.

He also feels credentialing is critical and stated that “ABPM Certification is important because they test in the areas that truly reflect the care we provide to our patients on a daily basis.”  “ABPM certification has enabled me to obtain hospital staff privileges, participate on various insurance panels and become a Fellow of ACFAOM. Even more importantly, it demonstrates to my patients and colleagues a specialized expertise in the field of podiatric medicine.”

After 34 years of practice, Dr. Evans has a seasoned perspective for residents.  “My advice for current residents is to enjoy your time as a resident. It is your time to take the knowledge you have from your podiatry college and apply it to patient care in a protected, mentored environment.  Be sure to maximize every opportunity while you further your skills and knowledge, and embrace the responsibility and trust given to you by your patients.”

When not busy with podiatry, Dr. Evans spends time with Jane, his wife and childhood sweetheart. He has three “awesome” adult children and is active in his church.  He explains that his faith has provided him with the foundation that sustains him through good times and bad, and has informed and influenced the way he teaches and practices medicine.

Malpractice Basics by Melissa Lockwood, DPM

For third year residents the idea of malpractice insurance coverage may feel overwhelming but it is just “one of those things” you must have as a practicing physician.  Here are a few basics to help as you transition into practice.

Malpractice insurance coverage is maintained by the individual provider.  Most states have certain minimums (for example a $1 million per incident/$3 million total claims coverage in my state!) that providers are required to carry – just like car or homeowners policies.  It is critical to know who is paying for your coverage. Your employer, hospital, or group may provide reimbursement for malpractice as a benefit of employment.

It is important to ask what happens if or when you leave that particular position and who is responsible for maintaining coverage after employment termination. This is almost always YOU, but you may be able to pay special “tail coverage” at that particular employer for a certain amount of time after leaving in case a claim is filed against you.

Also, KNOW the company you are working with – don’t base your decisions solely on premium costs.  Remember – you get what you pay for and sometimes when the premium is inexpensive, so is the actual coverage and help if you ever have a claim filed against you.

Bottom line is, do your homework, ask questions when offered employment and be a smart shopper so you are prepared and start your career on the right foot…so to speak.

Sign up for ABPM In-Training

The ABPM In-training examination is highly recommended as a way to help you prepare for the ABPM Qualification examination after you complete your residency.   This year’s In-training examination will be offered at Pearson VUE Test Centers nationally between October 31 and December 2, 2016.  The application deadline is September 12, 2016.  Program Directors are required to sign up residents for this exam, and may do so through the Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR) website.  They need to simply select the “Services Order” link in the “tasks section” on the dashboard and sign you up!

The examination is a voluntary self-assessment tool available to all current residents. It is administered as a single exam with 200 short answer items covering biomechanics, orthopedics, wound care, medicine and surgical criteria.  The ABPM In-training examination costs $200 per resident, per administration.

Questions regarding the online examination application should be directed to Podiatry Residency Resource at (415) 553-7810 or support@podiatryrr.net.

Questions regarding the examination process should be directed to ABPM Headquarters at (310) 375-0700 or sandy@ABPMed.org.

More information regarding the examination can be found on the Residents page of our website.


ABPM In-Training examination, Program Directors must sign up residents for the ABPM In-Training

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Inducts Two ABPM Diplomates

Dr. Laura Pickard at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Dr. Laura Pickard at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

On June 8, APMA Board of Trustee Dr. Laura Pickard and APMA Past President Dr. Frank Spinosa were inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at the University of Glasgow, UK. They are now recognized as Fellows of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine FFPM RCPS (Glasg). The ceremony was also attended by Dr. Matt Garoufalis, APMA Past President who was inducted into the Fellowship last year.

Other inductees included Drs. Bradley Sonnema from Edmonton, Canada,  Benjamin Lipsky from Oxford, and Andrew Van Essen from Australia. Dr. Natalie Roe of North London was also inducted as a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow was established in 1599 and includes 5 divisions: surgery, medicine, dentistry, travel medicine, and podiatric medicine.

Drs, Matt Garoufalis, Laura Pickard, and Frank Espinosa are all certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Laura Pickard, DPM became certified in 1995, Frank Spinosa, DPM became ceritified in 1988 and Matt Garoufalis, DPM became certified in 1987.

Source: PM News, Online

Dr. Lee Sanders Returns from Medical Mission in Honduras

(L-R) Drs. Neal Kramer, Alex Garcia, and Lee Sanders

(L-R) Drs. Neal Kramer, Alex Garcia, and Lee Sanders

Drs. Neal Kramer and Lee J. Sanders recently returned from a medical mission to the Manos Amigas clinic, La Entrada, Honduras. The mission was sponsored by Serving at the Crossroads (Media, PA) and First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA. The medical and dental brigade consisted of two podiatrists, one ER physician, one dentist, two nurse practitioners, three RNs, and nine non-medical volunteers. They supported the clinic’s full-time medical staff of two physicians, including Dr. Alex Garcia.

The unique focus of this mission was diabetes, diabetic foot disease and wound care. Medical and surgical care was provided for a diverse population of patients with acute, chronic, developmental, and parasitic disorders. Prevalence of diabetes in Honduras is 7.2%, with 53% of the patients undiagnosed until they present with complications. Both podiatrists reported that the experience was memorable and incredibly rewarding.

Lee Sanders, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1979.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online.



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