It all started with talking to a close friend who was attending Podiatry school and then shadowing a few Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) in his area. It was then that Dr. Marshall Solomon knew Podiatry was the field for him. Now, he’s had a successful podiatric practice – and partnership with former Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) classmate – in the metro Detroit area for over 42 years.
Looking back over his career, Dr. Solomon encourages residents to get as much clinical and surgical experience as they can during residency. He also recommends getting involved in Podiatric research and continuing education.
“Lifelong learning is the key to professional awareness and happiness,” he said.
Dr. Solomon practices what he preaches. During residency, he authored and published a monograph-text on Biomechanical Radiographic Evaluation of the Foot, which was eventually used by the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM). His commitment to education began early in his career as he has been a podiatric residency director for over 38 years, and has been involved in clerkship and resident training at Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills (Botsford).
Dr. Solomon takes pride in his involvement with resident education, and says “It has given me the exposure and experience to see how important it is to integrate the educational goals of our students and residents into our curriculum. This leads to greater competency, and a better professional attitude and judgment.”
He is also involved in state and national resident education – as Chairman of both the Council on Teaching Hospitals (COTH) and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM). In fact, he once served as Chairman for both organizations simultaneously. A challenge he says “resulted in meeting some outstanding individuals from various residency programs and college certifying boards. It gives you great excitement to work with similar individuals.”
In addition to his thriving practice, which has expanded to include four partners, and his extensive work in Podiatric education, Dr. Solomon is involved in medical administration at Beaumont Health System and Farmington Hills Hospital, and is a member of the hospital Executive Board and of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for both the hospital and the Beaumont Health System.
Dr. Solomon sat for the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) certification in 1992, and is dual certified with both ABPM and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS). He says, “ABPM really looks out for our new graduating DPMs by allowing them to sit for both qualification and certification the same year they graduate. This has a powerful psychological and economic benefit to a young DPM – it can open doors to privileges in our hospitals, and allow for additional professional contacts to help grow a young practice.”
Dr. Solomon also values his many interests outside of Podiatry, and credits his wife Suzanne with opening his world to new friends, and different lands and cultures. They love to travel, including spending time with their two sons and daughter-in-law in Northwest Seattle and Portland. Although they time these visits for the summer months, when there is much less rain. During cold weather, Dr. Solomon and Suzanne also enjoy spending time at their home in Florida.
Dr. Solomon’s words of wisdom are, “work hard to better yourself and your profession. Always be accountable. Give back in your professional and personal life. Try to “pay-it-forward” in any small way you can, and make a difference in whatever you do. If you live by these words, you will have improved our society and our profession.”