Jerry Seinfeld Gives Fourth Financial Donation to NYCPM

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

Jerry Seinfeld and Dr. Joseph D’Amico

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s ongoing gratitude to Joseph D’Amico, DPM for alleviating his previously intractable heel pain has led to his fourth donation of a substantial amount of money to Dr. D’Amico’s alma mater, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) . Dr. D’Amico is Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics and a past chair at NYCPM.

Mr. Seinfeld has directed his generous donations to promote non-surgical approaches to podiatric care via NYCPM’s Richard O. Schuster Memorial Biomechanics Seminar, which Dr. D’Amico initiated and of which he serves as scientific chair. The donation also supports Dr. D’Amico’s work at the Gait Laboratory for Biomechanics Research, as well as foot care for needy New Yorkers. The late Richard O. Schuster, DPM, also a graduate of NYCPM, was a pioneer in the field of sports podiatry.

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

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online


The ABPM celebrates over 41 years of support to the American Podiatric community


“Many people do not realize the extensive history of the ABPM,” stated Dr. Marc Benard, who is celebrating 20 years as Executive Director of the ABPM this July. “We have had a few significant changes since 1975, but as a credentialing organization, our roots span 41 years.”

In 1975 the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics (ABPO) was formed to certify in the specialty of podiatric orthopedics.  In 1993, as a result of a petition approved by the CPME, the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) came to be.    “We maintained that name and acronym until 2012 when our membership and our Board decided that the name American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) clearly defined the breadth of our certification…and it was easier to remember,” said Benard.

While Dr. Benard has been the Executive Director since 1996, he has been working with the ABPM since 1985.  “Although I was actively involved in the profession early on, I never aspired to being an administrator.  That just evolved.”  Previously Dr. Benard worked on several of the Board’s committees and was instrumental in transforming the way the ABPM creates and facilitates examinations.

“As a new member of the Examination Committee I remember thinking that there had to be a better way to develop and administer our examination,” he said.  “When promoted to Chair I started putting a committee together by adding subject matter experts for each area in which we tested.” He also increased the activities of the Board’s psychometrician (professional test makers) to improve and develop the administrative methods utilized to make the expanded examination format reliable and valid – key criteria used in the development of tests.  Orienting new committee members on the most effective way to frame questions was another priority.  The committee structure still exists that way today.  “Even though we were developing exam content and making structural advances, for a long while we continued to administer the exam through an older convention.  I vividly remember the days of pencil, paper, Scantrons and blue exam booklets!”   Over time this changed, however it wasn’t until 2012 that the ABPM examinations converted fully to a test center mediated format.

According to Dr. Benard, sometime around the late 1990’s the profession began to make serious advances in unifying the residency training structure.    “At the time the profession contained too many residency types. In addition, the quality of education varied too much from program to program.”  There were 1 year preceptorships, 1 year medical/surgical residencies, 1 year residencies in primary podiatric medicine, 1 year residencies in podiatric orthopedics and 1 or 2 year residencies in podiatric surgery.  Many programs had these in combination.  “There were also some people with no residency training, as there were fewer residencies than there were students.”  Managed care was proliferating as well, and these organizations needed clarification of the podiatric postgraduate training structure relative to their credentialing criteria.  “Many were, and sometimes still are, confused about the nature of podiatric residency training and the type of procedures and care that podiatric physicians render”, stated Benard.   The profession’s first major advance in streamlining the many residency types was the creation of the PM&S 24, activated in 2003.. As the profession moved to a single, improved, training model the certifying boards needed to sunset access to the examination for those with less than the requisite training.  Then, with the advent of the PMSR program, rolled out in 2011, podiatric residency training was finally unified into a single three-year model.  Podiatrists with less than three years of eligible training will have until 2018 to become certified by the ABPM.  The change to a three-year model also prompted the ABPM to evaluate case documentation outcomes as they related to examination outcomes.  The Board compared the findings for those with a two year residency and those with a three year residency.  “We determined that the case documentation pass rates and subsequent certification examination scores for those with the three year residency were so high, and so consistent, that the ABPM Board of Directors decided to waive the requirement for case documentation for that group,” explained Benard. “The consequence of that decision, and the good news for those coming out of their three-year programs, is significant.  They are now able to sit for the qualification examination and, if successful, the certification examination within the year of completing residency,” stated Benard.  This has become quite important for podiatric physicians needing to obtain hospital privileges and insurance panel access when beginning their careers.

One of the biggest shifts Dr. Benard has noticed in his time on the Board and as ABPM’s Executive Director is the importance of the ABPM credential.  “It’s interesting,” observed Benard, “that whereas board certification began as a mark of professional achievement, pride and peer acceptance – i.e. a way to show that you had gone above and beyond licensure to demonstrate your credibility, in the last 10-15 years board certification has become a virtual mandate for survival.”

Both the profession and the ABPM continue to progress.  “I think the future will be very interesting.  There will certainly be more group and institutionally based practices and perhaps more sub-specialization.  Podiatric physicians are much more integrated into the team approach to health care now.  And, with so many new technologies available to large institutions that directly benefit patients, I think sub-specialization will expand within the podiatric profession.  With sub-specialization, I suspect the ABPM will, where relevant, add specialty examinations, as is currently being done with the CAS in wound care/limb salvage.”


Dr. Benard continues to enjoy his role as Executive Director.  “I consider myself fortunate to have been with an organization that I clearly care about and, along with many dedicated people, have help build over the last two decades,” he said.  “I continue to approach this role not just as an administrator but as a practitioner who understands and cares about the profession and relates to the needs of podiatric physicians.”  The ABPM asks you to join us in thanking and congratulating Dr. Marc Benard on his 20 years of service as its Executive Director, and for his 31 years as an integral contributor to the Board’s growth.


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When to Consult?

by Melissa Lockwood

A recent residency graduate from Florida, just entering private practice, asked me this interesting question last week.  How do we, as podiatrists, know when to consult another health care professional and more importantly, who to consult,  in a private practice setting?  Medicine has, for decades, been focusing on specialists and our unique skill sets, so it begs the question: how soon to consult if we don’t know the answer?  My advice is as soon as possible.  If something doesn’t look like a horse or behave like a horse, it is probably a zebra!  Referrals and consults to other specialists (or even back to a patient’s primary care physician) is a great communication AND marketing tool.  It’s easy in residency – you are all either on service with the other specialty or you can call them within the hospital setting.  In private practice, it can take time to figure out the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN of consulting with other health care professionals. 

One easy way to figure out the WHO is to ask your current patients who they see!  If you notice someone with a scar from an angioplasty or bypass, ask who their vascular doctor was and did they like him/her.  You can glean a lot of info to hone your marketing and referral networking efforts by asking your patients.  The WHAT can sometimes be difficult.  Patient with non-specific pain who describes it both as tingly, achy, burning, and in multiple joints.  Rheumatology?  Neurology?  Physical medicine and rehab?  Start with some basic lab work to rule out specific conditions?  Order the EMG yourself?  Here is a key place to get out and ask your colleagues WHAT they do and how quickly they can see your patients (WHERE and WHEN).  The key point to remember – it’s OK to not know all the answers.  Start building your referral network now (especially if you plan on practicing in the same area after residency) and know it’s NEVER too soon to get another opinion! 

Local Area Residency Education Community Comes Together at PRESENT Conference in NJ

Residency Rumble 1st Place PRESENT Residency Rumble Winner – United Health Services Hospital, (L-R) Drs. Marc Benard (Executive Director, ABPM), Mathew Cline, Nicholas Putrino, Sean Westover, Aaron Israel, Brent Beirdneau, and Steven Goldman (President, ABPM).

Residency Rumble 1st Place PRESENT Residency Rumble Winner – United Health Services Hospital, (L-R) Drs. Marc Benard (Executive Director, ABPM), Mathew Cline, Nicholas Putrino, Sean Westover, Aaron Israel, Brent Beirdneau, and Steven Goldman (President, ABPM).

The 2016 PRESENT Residency Education Summit East took place in Teaneck, NJ recently and hosted over 400 members of the residency education community. Co-chairmen Harold Schoenhaus, DPM, Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH, and Guido LaPorta, DPM, MSC, put together a valuable curriculum of lectures on topics from surgery to wound care to biomechanics to life skills lectures to help young podiatrists get started in practice. Eleven hands-on workshops overflowed with attendees and the exhibit and lecture halls were packed with residents along with their program directors and attendings.

The 10th Residency Rumble questions were provided by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and was won by brilliant teams from perennial winner and center of excellence United Health Services Hospital (1st Place), a combined team from VIRTUA West Jersey Hospital/Hahnemann University Hospital (2nd Place), and a combined team from the DVA-Northport/DVA-Salem (3rd Place). A roomful of residency directors participated in an interactive faculty development workshop designed to improve their residency program management skills, presented by Suhad Hadi, DPM, Marie Williams, DPM, Javier La Fontaine, DPM, and Kathleen Satterfield, DPM. The next Residency Education Summit Midwest 2016 will take place at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills, IL – Sept 16-18, 2016.

Source: PM News, Online

David Swain, DPM Discusses Chronic Ulcer Referrals

Dr. David Swain

Dr. David Swain

ABPM Diplomate, David Swain, DPM, authored an article entitled “Keys to the Workup for Chronic Ulcers in Patients Referred by Other Physicians″ and was featured in the August 2016 issue of Podiatry Today.

Due to the expertise of podiatric physicians in treating lower extremity wounds, other physicians may refer patients with chronic ulcers to DPMs. Accordingly, Dr. Swain emphasizes the importance of obtaining previous medical records, relevant keys to the patient history, ascertaining the cause(s) of the wound and pertinent diagnostic testing. Read full article here

David Swain, DPM has been a board certified diplomate with the ABPM since 2014.

Source:  Podiatry Today Magazine, August 2016

Biofilms in the Chronic Wound Discussed by Dr. James McGuire

Combating Biofilms in the Chronic Wound

Combating Biofilms in the Chronic Wound

ABPM Diplomate, Dr. James McGuire, co-authored an article with Dr. Jeffrey D’Alessandro entitled “Combating Biofilms in the Chronic Wound″ and was featured in the August 2016 issue of Podiatry Today.

A biofilm is a complex polymicrobal community of bacteria and fungi that develops on foreign materials, necrotic debris, exposed bone, and within the bed of chronic wounds. When James and colleagues examined the biopsies of 50 chronic wound beds, 60 percent contained a biofilm. Given the complexity of biofilm in lower extremity wounds, these authors offer a closer look on how biofilm develops, keys to eradicating biofilm and emerging modalities that may have an impact in the future. Read full article here

James McGuire, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Today Magazine, August 2016

Dr. Brian Hong Hosts Beijing Orthopedic Surgeon

(L-R) Drs. Brian Hong, Amol Saxena, and Min Wei

(L-R) Drs. Brian Hong, Amol Saxena, and Min Wei

Amol Saxena, DPM hosted Beijing orthopedic surgeon Min Wei, MD with current PAMF Sports Med Fellow Brian Hong, DPM this past month. Earlier this month, Dr. Saxena attended the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and has 15 athletes competing in the Rio Olympics. He also volunteered at the Jr. Olympics in Sacramento over this past weekend.

“I was surprised that no other DPMs, especially from the area, volunteered for the week-long youth national championships. You shouldn’t just try for the high profile events and teams. Even if you don’t get a patient, you have the chance to educate athletic trainers and other doctors as to what we do. For instance, the ATCs did not know DPMs at Kaiser Facilities treat ankles. These national events are still good opportunities for DPMs to learn, gain experience, and promote the profession,” said Saxena.

Brian Hong, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2015.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

APWH Includes Invited Talk by Dr. Randolph Fish on Viruses against Bacteria

Dr. Randolph C. Fish at the APWH

Dr. Randolph C. Fish at the APWH

Over 350 leading research scientists from 45 countries around the world met in Liverpool, England to discuss advances in the study of microbes inhabiting earth’s environments, including human populations. The global antibiotic resistance crisis is increasing with few answers. Randolph C. Fish, DPM  of PhageBiotics, Inc. in Olympia, WA gave an invited talk on human use of bacteriophage, viruses against bacteria. “While much research work needs to be done, bacteriophages are not affected by resistance and are, therefore, an excellent tool in the fight against infections and resistance.” His latest paper on human use of bacteriophage is found in the July issue of The Journal of Wound Care.

The initial presentation by Dr. Fish on this topic was presented at the 2015 National Meeting of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH).  Dr. Fish will present his follow-up research at the 2016 APWH National Conference in November.

Randolph Fish, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1989.

Source: PM News, Online



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