ABPM Diplomate, Karen Langone, DPM, Elected 1st Vice President of AAWP

Top row (L-R) Drs. Karen Langone, Erika Schwartz, Heather Rafal. Bottom row (L-R) Drs. Jennifer Spector, Alison Garten, and Aparna Duggirala.

Top row (L-R) Drs. Karen Langone, Erika Schwartz, Heather Rafal. Bottom row (L-R) Drs. Jennifer Spector, Alison Garten, and Aparna Duggirala.

The American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) just concluded their 2016 Scientific Conference last weekend in Naples, Florida.  The meeting was the largest turnout to date with many new faces and guest lecturers. Attendees received 3 days of lectures covering a variety of topics including nail fungus and warts, rheumatoid arthritis, ankle repairs, emerging techniques in treating venous disease, flat feet and biomechanics, as well as wound care and management. Several vendors were present for the attendees to visit.

During the Presidents luncheon, elections were held for the new executive board. Elected were:  President: Alison Garten, DPM, 1st Vice President: Karen Langone, DPM, 2nd Vice President Jennifer Spector, DPM, Secretary Heather Rafal, DPM, Treasurer Elizabeth Daughtry, DPM, and Immediate Past President Aparna Duggirala, DPM.

Dr. Karen Langone has been a board certified diplomate of the ABPM since 1993.

Source: PM News, Online

David George, DPM, ABPM Past President, Inducted into the Morgagni Medical Society

(L-R) Drs. Thomas Paone, Dominick Gadaleta, and David George

(L-R) Drs. Thomas Paone, Dominick Gadaleta, and David George

On October 12th, David H. George, DPM was inducted into the Morgagni Medical Society of New York during their fall business dinner. This Society was founded in 1890 as an organization to foster professional, intellectual,  and economic development of Italo-American physicians.

This tradition continues today among physicians, podiatrists, dentists, PhDs, and chiropractors of Italian descent  with dinner meetings and informative lectures. Dr. David George is a past president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and a life member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

David George, DPM is a founding member of the ABPM and has been board certified since 1978.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online 

ABPM Diplomates Volunteer at Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk

(L-R) 2nd year NYCPM student Chung Him Tse, Drs. Jeffrey Kass & Michael Barkin, Director of Podiatric Services - Scott Yarmus, Drs. Vanessa Darmochwal, Maria Branca, Michael Conway, and Nicole Hayward.

Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk Volunteers (L-R) NYCPM student Chung Him Tse, Drs. Jeffrey Kass & Michael Barkin, Scott Yarmus, Drs. Vanessa Darmochwal, Maria Branca, Michael Conway, and Nicole Hayward.

Dr. Howard Palamarchuk with TUSPM student volunteers at the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk

Dr. Howard Palamarchuk with TUSPM Student volunteers at the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk

ABPM Diplomates, Jeffrey Kass, DPM and Michael Conway, DPM volunteered this past weekend  and helped serviced the Susan G Komen Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer taking place on New York’s Randall’s Island.

Additionally, several student doctors under the direction of Howard J Palamarchuk, DPM provided podiatric care for the walkers each night after finishing 20 miles a day for the 60-mile walk. Many of the walkers credit podiatric care with the reason that they are able to finish this grueling three-day walk.

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine participated in the Susan G Komen Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on Friday and Saturday night. This marks the 12th consecutive year that TUSPM has participated in this great event

Michael Conway has been a board certified diplomate since 1997; Jeff Kass, DPM has been a board certified diplomate since 2000; Howard Palamarchuk has been a board certified diplomate since 1990.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online 



Western University of Health Sciences Receives Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, Associate Dean at Western University

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, Associate Dean at Western University

Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California is one of 13 recipients of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to provide a six-week, residential summer learning opportunity for under-represented minority students who are interested in health profession careers. The College of Podiatric Medicine is a partner in the program and will provide up to 80 students from under-represented minorities an opportunity to learn about podiatric medicine and surgery. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, CPM Assistant Dean, is a member of the committee that prepared the successful grant proposal.

Students will have a one-week, hands-on podiatric experience, learning about basic biomechanics, casting each other for orthotics, working with sawbones to correct deformities, and in the Virtual Reality Learning Center identifying anatomy on the Anatomage virtual dissection table. The freshman and sophomore college students will be interacting with podiatric student mentors on the WesternU campus as well as at Pitzer College, in Claremont, where they will be housed.

Dr. Kathleen Satterfield has been a board certified Diplomate of the ABPM since 1996.

Source: PM News

H. John Visser, DPM Presented KSU Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award

H. John Visser, DPM

H. John Visser, DPM

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) recently celebrated their centennial anniversary. This celebration was a fun-filled weekend of events, with alumni awards and recognition to special anniversary classes. Friday evening consisted of a catered clambake at the college’s current location. Saturday continued with CME classes, lunch, and tours of the current campus. The celebration came to a completion on Saturday evening with a dinner held in Downtown Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Barry L. Scurran, Class of 1970 returned to Cleveland to receive his KSUCPM 2016 Hall of Fame Award recognizing his achievements in the podiatric community.  Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, Class of 1944 received the Centennial Award and celebrated her 100th birthday. Dr. Elliott W. Biggs received the KSUCPM Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Karen S. Kellogg received the KSUCPM Service Award. Dr. Nichol L. Salvo received the Young Podiatric Professional Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Irvin Donick. Dr. H. John Visser received the Kent State University Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award.

H. John Visser, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1989.

Source: PM News, Online

Steven Kravitz, DPM Invited to WUWHS in Italy to Represent the APWH

Steven Kravitz, DPM

Steven Kravitz, DPM

Dr. Steven Kravitz, Executive Director, Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) recently represented the Academy during the Fifth Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) in Florence, Italy. He was also invited and attended the International Compression Club annual meeting which was held in conjunction with the WUWHS. This is a world recognized organization that sets standards in compression therapy, the main treatment for venous disease and venous ulcers.

Steven Kravitz, DPM has been board certified by the ABPM since 1986.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Fellowship Opportunity at the University of Michigan

Insights from Dr. Michael Munson, Assistant Professor Internal Medicine and Fellowship Program Director

Fellowship applications due: November 1, 2016 – contact Dr. Michael Munson for info at Munsonm@umich.edu

Over the last couple of years, the ABPM has featured the career paths of different podiatrists in our Practice Profiles section of our Residents newsletter.   While we will resume those profiles in future issues, we have been asked by many residents and members to also profile different CPME approved fellowship programs.   As more podiatrist consider pursuing careers at academic health centers or simply want to expand their knowledge in a concentrated area, there seems to be an increased interest in fellowships.

With this October issue, we launch a series of articles where you will get an in-depth understanding of a few different CPME approved residencies.  This month we focus on a research fellowship in limb preservation, wound care and diabetic lower extremity complications at the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes (MEND) in Ann Arbor, Michigan    This CPME fellowship is a two-year program designed to train podiatrists interested in a career in research, teaching, clinical medicine and surgery.

“The educational opportunities in this program are quite rare. We are aware of only a few training programs of this kind that seeks to produce highly trained wound care and limb preservation experts in academic medicine while also providing the fellow the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills for statistical analysis and research design. This new program would take advantage of the unique background and training of our podiatric physicians, our relationship with MEND and the Comprehensive Diabetes Center, as well as the University of Michigan Wound Care Center. We need to train new physicians in wound care and limb preservation to coordinate care in this multidisciplinary specialty.”

What are some key aspects of this Fellowship?

“While our focus is limb preservation, we will expose the fellow to a full spectrum of lower extremity pathology in clinic.” Some of the key areas include:

  • Neuropathy: “We have the unique opportunity to have the fellow train for 2-4 weeks in our neuropathy clinic with one of the world’s leading experts in neuropathy. As many podiatrists learn shortly after residency, we are on the front lines of treating painful peripheral neuropathy.  While we get some exposure in residency, it is our goal to provide our fellows the additional training needed to be an expert in the field of peripheral neuropathy.”
  • Limb salvage: “In addition to clinical and surgical podiatry, our fellows will get the chance to spend time with expert pedorthists and orthotists fabricating and adjusting braces and orthotic devices. Further, the fellow can also work with our ID specialists on our population at risk for limb loss.  “
  • Research: “This fellowship will likely be the only time in one’s career that they have the opportunity to write and conduct research with the benefit of six months of dedicated, protected time. Our research directors, James Wrobel, DPM a leading podiatric author, and Rodica Busui, MD, an endocrinologist, and the leading expert internationally in understanding the mechanisms of diabetic complications, particularly of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, will provide expert guidance. The University of Michigan has near limitless support for those who desire to publish their work. Researchers at University of Michigan have access to world-class facilities and services, comprehensive grant administration support and a variety of other resources. Our division, and indeed our entire university, provides opportunity to collaborate with world class faculty on research projects.”

How are candidates selected? What do you look for?

“While we are generally recruiting recent and current residents, we are open to accepting applications from anyone who is interested in a career in academic medicine.  Ideally, we are looking for someone who desires a lifelong career of clinical medicine, surgery, teaching, and research.  I believe this is most easily accomplished in a medical school or academic institution. The University of Michigan is ranked as the #1 public University for research, and as such offers a great deal of opportunities for support and collaboration on research projects. As post graduate training in Podiatry is new to our University, we want someone who will represent us proudly.”

“Podiatric physicians already receive training in internal medicine, infectious disease, vascular medicine, surgery, preventative diabetic foot care and wound care in their three years of residency. They are ideally suited to expand on this knowledge through fellowship training to become a highly-trained specialist in this field. This also serves to help expand the evidence base and produce more research-minded clinicians and clinician-educators.”

Interested Podiatrists may contact Dr. Michael Munson, Fellowship Director at Munsonm@umich.edu   Deadline is November 1, 2016.

NEXT ISSUE:  Additional insights in the U of M program.  Why the ABPM credential was selected as the certification of choice for University of Michigan fellowship staff. Thoughts on the increased interest in wound care and limb salvage.    If you have or know of a CPME fellowship program that you would like featured, please email admin@abpmed.org.




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