Dr. Mitchell Shikoff at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting

Dr. Mitchell Shikoff at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting

By: Mitchell Shikoff, DPM

This past April I had the opportunity, along with our assistant Executive Director, Marc Benard, DPM, to exhibit at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This conference is the largest medical seminar in the country. It is attended by over 11,000 physicians yearly representing countries from around the globe. This was part of our outreach to medical specialties to showcase the ABPM and the benefits of incorporating ABPM diplomates into treatment plans for their patients with lower extremity pathologies. Our attendance was received enthusiastically by the conference organizers and the hundreds of physicians who came to our booth. We were told repeatedly about the value of podiatrists to the individual practitioners and their respective hospitals. Many contacts were made and referrals recommended for ABPM diplomates around the United States.

We also had the opportunity to monitor some of the lectures and clinical skills breakout sessions. I was able to make contacts with the organizers of the conference to investigate the inclusion of speakers from the ABPM in future seminars. Dr. Benard and I submitted a proposal for the ABPM to conduct clinical skills sessions to the conference organizing committee. I am happy to report that our proposal was accepted and, in fact, a request was made by the committee for an even larger role than our proposal.

It is our belief that this is the first time that podiatry has been represented at their conference and will be the first time that podiatry will become part of the faculty.

We are following up on this success with our attendance at the second largest medical seminar in the country at the end of this September. We will be exhibiting at the American College of Family Physicians conference in Philadelphia.

We see these outreach methods as a value added service to our diplomates and a grass roots effort at achieving parity in the medical community.