Category Archive: Diplomates


Annual Membership Dues vs. Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Periodically Headquarters is queried by members regarding the annual requirement for registration fees (dues), and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fees.  While this topic has been addressed in prior newsletters, as new diplomates are brought in annually, it’s timely to cover it once again.

The ABPM Annual Membership Dues and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) are two separate fees. Upon achieving either Board Qualification or Board Certification ABPM members are required to pay an annual re-registration fee (dues). After becoming Board certified with ABPM, all Diplomates are required to enroll into the MOC program the following year as the form of re-credentialing through a 10-year cycle. The MOC program is in place to enhance your certification credential through the process of lifelong learning (versus taking a high stakes examination every 10 years to recertify). MOC fees cover the costs of developing, providing and administering MOC activities that promote lifelong learning with self-assessment and quality improvement

What are Annual Membership Dues used for?

Although the Board’s primary functions are conducting national examinations in the specialty of podiatric orthopedics and podiatric medicine and evaluating the ongoing competency of its membership, there are other tasks in which the Board is involved to provide prudent stewardship of the organization and preserve the value of the diplomates’ certificates. Our profession’s size and internal structure compel the major entities associated with it to be involved in other areas essential to the profession’s growth and ongoing success. The ABPM has both a direct responsibility to its members and an indirect responsibility through its input on various national committees working toward the betterment of the profession as a whole. What follows, while not comprehensive, should give the membership insight and perspective on the activities of the ABPM, and the relevance of the member’s ongoing financial responsibility with the organization.

The Board of Directors holds three face-to-face meetings per year that are convened approximately four months apart. These are supplemented by periodic conference calls. All are required to monitor the ongoing administration of the organization, review board policy, engage in strategic planning, receive reports, assess effectiveness of standing and ad hoc committees, etc.

The Budget/Audit Committee works closely with headquarters in determining the annual budget, fore-casting future budgetary requirements and personnel needs, reviewing monthly financial reports, etc.

The Bylaws Committee periodically reviews both the policy manual and bylaws to ensure that new and updated programs and actions are consistent with the language and spirit of those documents.  Periodically recommendations for specified bylaws modifications are brought to the membership for a vote.

The Credentials Committee is charged with evaluating state actions brought against members that impact their licensure, as well as current or former member appeals (e.g. reinstatement, change in member status, etc.).  It also monitors compliance with board policies (e.g. advertising, ethics, etc.)

The Examination Committee has four subcommittees: Certification, Qualification, In-training and the CAQ. They develop new items for the respective examinations, review and update established items, review and update reference and study guide material, interact with the Board’s psychometrist in assessing and developing current and future testing methodology and evaluate the examination blueprint relative to current diplomate practice.

The Marketing Committee is tasked with disseminating relevant information to the membership both on the web site and via e-mail, developing resident and diplomate newsletters, developing tools for use by the membership in connection with insurance panel and hospital activities, developing informational materials for distribution at the ABPM booth at regional and national conferences, etc.

The MOC Committee has been most recently working together on restructuring the existing MOC process that has been in place since 2011 after replacing a costly recertification exam. The committee is working collaboratively with both ACPM and PRESENT Podiatry to improve the process and allow members to maintain certification by completing valuable educational activities online among other required components.

The Nominations Committee reviews curricula vitae and existing committee member activity so as to make recommendations for future directors to the Board.  The Nominating Committee also assists with the candidate slate ultimately presented to the diplomates for election.

The Speaker’s Bureau, while not a committee, provides a presence proactively and at the request of the colleges of podiatric medicine and residency consortia to convey relevant information about board certification in general and ABPM certification in particular. Often the Speakers Bureau personnel also deliver clinical content in a specific area, or areas, of expertise.


Dr. Bryan Caldwell is named dean of Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine

Bryan Caldwell, DPM

Bryan Caldwell, DPM

Bryan Caldwell, DPM, from Kent State University has been named dean of Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM). Caldwell, who served as assistant dean, director of Clinical Education and Clinical Operations, and professor at the Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine, assumed his role at Barry on Aug. 1.

He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the former Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed a hospital residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Caldwell became certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine in 1997 and served as a Physician Executive Leadership Academy Fellow with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Caldwell returned to medical school and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2017 from the International University of Health Sciences, completing all his clinical clerkships in the University Hospitals Health System and Clinton Memorial Hospital.

Source: PM News, Online

New Dean and ABPM Diplomate, Dr. Kathleen Satterfield, takes charge at critical time for WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine

ABPM Diplomate, V. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, MAPWCA

ABPM Diplomate, V. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, MAPWCA

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Podiatric Medicine is trying something unprecedented in podiatric medicine – having its students sit for the same licensing exam as osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) students.

To provide stability during this critical juncture, WesternU has tapped CPM Associate Dean and ABPM Diplomate, V. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, MAPWCA, as the College’s new dean, effective May 1, 2019.

“Dr. Satterfield has been an integral part of the College of Podiatric Medicine from its early days. She is uniquely qualified to lead the College as a seasoned academic podiatric physician and surgeon,” said Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, President of Western University of Health Sciences. “She will ensure that the high standards of performance and accomplishment set by the College over the past decade will continue to be met, indeed, surpassed, even as our students enter a new era for podiatry at WesternU and beyond.”

Satterfield has worked at WesternU since September 2010 and provides leadership continuity as she succeeds Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, who retired in June 2017, and Executive Associate Dean Lester J. Jones, DPM, MSEd, who has served as interim dean and retired at the end of April.

“Our college is going through some growing pains,” Satterfield said. “I was afraid if I stopped now maybe somebody with a different goal would come in. We’re trying something very ambitious here in California and that is a change in our license, in a way.”

Satterfield had planned to retire before being asked to consider becoming a candidate for dean.

“Dr. Satterfield brings a wealth of academic and personal experience to the position of dean. She was one of the founders of our pioneering curriculum, integrating podiatric education with that of the other health professions, and our outcomes demonstrate the correctness of our approach,” said WesternU Provost and Chief Operating Officer Gary M. Gugelchuk, PhD. “Now she brings that wealth of background to propel the College to even higher levels of achievement.”

The reason Dr. Satterfield decided to take on the task: CPM students

“I love our students,” she said. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our students, and they have the potential to treat so many more people than one person can.”

CPM students are now more than 90 percent embedded with College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students, taking much of the same curriculum and tests.

“Because we asked ourselves a few years ago, ‘When does an orthopedic surgeon become an orthopedic surgeon? In his or her residency,’” Satterfield said. “Why should it be any different for podiatric physicians and surgeons? We want our students to be excellent doctors first, and then trained to be podiatrists.”

CPM is moving toward having its students earn a Physicians and Surgeons Certificate, which will require approval from the Medical Board of California, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Medical Association, and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

In preparation, WesternU CPM students will sit for the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination beginning this year and for the next two years, as a preliminary testing process to identify readiness to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) steps 1, 2 and 3.

“Once we prove our students are passing the same tests that their DO and MD colleagues do with success, we have a good argument that we have reached parity,” Satterfield said.

One concern emanating from others in the profession is whether CPM students would concentrate on becoming physicians at the expense of becoming good podiatrists.

“Our students have proven that to not be the case,” Satterfield said. “They have the highest rate of residency placement of any school in America. Our students have a 100 percent pass rate on their clinical skills physical exam and ultimately on their boards part 2, which is all podiatry. I think we have proven that you can be a good physician first and then trained to be a podiatrist.”

Dr. Satterfield is the person best suited to take over the as the next CPM Dean, Jones said. She understands CPM’s highly comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, the complex nature of regional and professional accreditation standards and requirements, and has the highest degree of integrity, diligence, intellect and resilience to failure, which places the College in good hands.

“It is my belief that she possesses a feeling of a calling to maintain the highest standards that are the fundamental building blocks that gave rise to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine,” Jones said.

Career switch from a Journalist to a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Satterfield, who became a podiatrist as a second career, never imagined she would be dean one day. She first learned about podiatric medicine while working as an investigative journalist at the El Paso Times. She was investigating a medical doctor with questionable practices on the El Paso-Juarez border, and in the course of her undercover work met podiatrists who were in the same building as the subject of her investigation. They specialized in diabetic limb salvage and wound care, which she found interesting. She continued to visit them to learn more about their profession long after her investigative series was over.

“I had always been interested in the medical field,” Satterfield said. “In podiatry I saw that patients would come in with a problem and a procedure would be done for them, whether it was an injection or wound care, and they all seemed to be happy going out. I thought that would be really fulfilling and satisfying. You’re helping somebody and actually making a living doing it. It was so very different than investigative journalism work where I had to ask people questions they really did not want to answer and I had a lot of doors shut in my face.”

Satterfield earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University, and completed her podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine Clinical Campus/West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center. She became Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) in 1996.

She first met Harkless as a podiatry student, and he would have a tremendous influence on her career. He recruited her to work with him at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and then, after he came to WesternU, convinced her to come to Pomona during the College of Podiatric Medicine’s early years.

“He hired me first as a consultant, and then I came out as a faculty member and associate professor, and then rose through the ranks. It’s been a wonderful adventure,” Satterfield said. “I really have enjoyed it. I have a lot to thank Dr. Harkless for in my life.”

Now as dean she will focus the College’s recruitment on Pomona and the surrounding areas, which have a lot of top-quality students interested in a surgical career. A large number of CPM students come from UC Riverside and UC San Diego. CPM will increase recruiting at those schools and all University of California branches.

“If you go into medical school as an MD or DO student you’re not guaranteed that you will have a surgical career,” she said. “If you go into podiatric medicine and surgery, you are guaranteed you will come out as a surgeon (from) your training.”

She also wants to raise the profile of podiatric medicine as a whole.

“Our profession is one of the best-kept secrets in the world,” Satterfield said. “Once a student shadows a podiatrist at the hospital, or they go into the operating room, or they see patients in the clinic, they love it. They ask, ‘Why didn’t I know about this?’”

Podiatric medicine is a small profession, with about 15,000 practitioners in the U.S., far too few to take care of everyone with diabetic foot problems, sports injuries or other needs that podiatrists are trained to address.

“There is a great need, but we have difficulty filling our class with qualified students,” Satterfield said. “The University has been absolutely wonderful about not forcing us, as some institutions have, to fill a class with students that may not be able to make it. We fill our class with students we know can make it. That is my first goal — to get qualified people into the seats so we fill our classes.”

Dr. Kathleen Satterfield and Dr. Lawrence Harkless were honored as a master during the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. in April 2011. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Drs. Kathleen Satterfield and Lawrence Harkless were honored as a master during the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. in April 2011. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Source: WesternU News, Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Podiatric Medicine

ABPM Directors Inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

(L-R) Drs. Lee Rogers, W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and Jim Stavosky

(L-R) Drs. Lee Rogers, W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and Jim Stavosky

American Board of Podiatric Medicine Directors, Drs. W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and James Stavosky, were inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) in a ceremony on November 22, 2018. Also in attendance were Drs. Matt Garoufalis and Lee Rogers, both currently Fellow Faculty in Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College which sponsored the new inductees.

The RCPSG was founded in 1599 by surgeon Peter Lowe, and its membership has contained notable figures in the history of medicine, such as Joseph Lister who first described the principles of aseptic surgery 150 years ago.

Source: PM News, Online

ABPM Director Advocates for Podiatry Specialty in Romania

Stefan Minovici (CEO of the Romanian American Business Council), Dr. Andrew Pavelescu, Daniel Kline, and Dr. Lee Rogers, November 5, 2018.

Stefan Minovici (CEO of the Romanian American Business Council), Dr. Andrew Pavelescu, Daniel Kline, and Dr. Lee Rogers

November 5, 2018 – Dr. Lee Rogers, ABPM Director and Chair of the CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care Sub-Committee, spoke at the United Nations Millennium Hilton for the Romanian American Business Council about the wave of diabetes and amputations in Romania and the need to establish the specialty of podiatry to address this growing problem.  He cited American data on the success of podiatrists and teams in preventing limb losses and reducing costs in diabetes.

The audience consisted of the Romanian Secretary of State, Minister of Health, Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador to the US, and other government and healthcare leaders from Romania.  US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams also spoke to the Council.

Meet New ABPM Executive Director, Dr. James Stavosky

James Stavosky, DPM

James Stavosky, DPM

“Enjoy what you do every day. Be quick to listen, and slow to talk and anger.” These are the words that Dr. James Stavosky, the new Executive Director of ABPM, lives by. He enjoys golfing, fly-fishing and playing tennis with his two sons and his wife (who he refers to as his best friend.) Another thing Dr. Stavosky enjoys? His career in podiatry.

In his 35 years of experience in podiatry, Dr. Stavosky has built an impressive career focusing on wound care. Besides running his own private practice in Daly City, California, he is also the Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Seton Medical Center, the Medical Director of Wound Care at Seton Medical Center, and a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at California School of Podiatric Medicine.

How he found podiatry and how his career took surprising turns

Dr. Stavosky didn’t always know he was destined for a thriving career in wound care. He was first introduced to podiatry during graduate school at The University of the Pacific, where he worked as a student trainer. His advisor at the time “introduced me to her podiatrist, and he set me up to meet and work with some very progressive DPM’s in the area.” From there, he set on a course to study sports medicine.

Later, as a doctorate student at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Stavosky got even more involved in the profession. “I volunteered to work on Saturday free clinics every week, and I was a TA for classes,” he says. “Plus, I attended all CME education seminars put on by CSPM—I even volunteered to work AV at those seminars.”

During his residency, even though he initially set out to work in sports medicine, Dr. Stavosky discovered his true passion was elsewhere. “I also developed an interest in foot and ankle surgery, but then found my calling in wound care,” he says.

After completing his residency, Dr. Stavosky worked in academic medicine as a volunteer until he was hired full-time as a professor. He began his career in a full-time position at the Seton Medical Center, teaching four days and tending to private patients two half-days per week.

His career took a turn for the better when he was given the opportunity to take over the wound care department. “No one else wanted to do it, but it put me on the map nationally,” he says. So, from 1987-1998, he was the Department Chair and professor at the Seton Wound Care (Medical) Center.

In 1998 Dr. Stavosky was appointed Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and opened a full-time private practice.

Board Certification

 Dr. Stavosky was a founding member of ABPM (then ABPOPPM), in 1993. Sitting for this certification was highly important to him, “first for academics, and later for medicine and wound care.”

He is also certified with ABFAS, which he pursued because he “was teaching in the surgery department at CCPM, but in the process realized just how important podiatric medicine was.” He went on to become Chair of the podiatric medical department as a result.

Although the sequence of Dr. Stavosky’s board certifications began with ABFAS, he notes “I would now do it the other way around.”, and advises his students and residents as such.

Teaching the next generation

 In addition to helping patients through his work in wound care, Dr. Stavosky notes that he’s most proud of his experience teaching.

His advice to aspiring podiatrists: “Enjoy what you do, it’s the greatest job in the world. If you don’t want to spend time in a particular facet of podiatry, such as surgery, there’s a tremendous amount elsewhere that our specialty offers, like wound care or sports medicine.”

Along with his academic position he does his best to stay involved in the podiatric community. “I volunteer as faculty for residents and students for both ABPM and ABFAS and am, or have been, on each of their Board of Directors.” He’s also on the Board of Directors at the alumni associations of the California School of Podiatric Medicine and The University of the Pacific. Plus, he lectures on wound care around the country.

What he plans to bring to ABPM

 Dr. Stavosky doesn’t take his latest honor and challenge as the Executive Director of ABPM lightly. He looks forward to “taking our organization, ABPM, to yet another level in the future.  He plans to “guide the ABPM Board of Directors and continue to grow our membership,” along with “getting even more young practitioners involved at the committee and director levels.  With our significant increases in membership, especially over the past five years, we’ve experienced a demographic shift.  We’re getting younger.”

He has ambitious plans, but if Dr. Stavosky’s career proves anything, it is that he is capable of achieving some impressive goals.

Dr. Brad Wenstrup Receives APMA Award of Excellence

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

On March 17, 2018, Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup was honored by the APMA House of Delegates for his work advocating for the profession on Capital Hill.

Congressman Wenstrup took a few minutes to speak to members of ABPM leadership. Pictured are Dr. Steve Goldman,  immediate Past President,  Congressman Wenstrup,  Dr. William Chagares, ABPM Board of Director and Dr. Gina Painter,  the current President.  He thanked the ABPM for appearing before his subcommittee and testifying on behalf of the ABPM and the podiatric community.

Dr. Wenstrup is a strong advocate for veterans’ access to services. He has been an advocate for H.R. 1058, the VA Provider Equity Act that passed July of last year that improves veterans access to specialty care physicians by enabling the VA to better recruit and retain experts in lower extremity conditions. The Senate portion of the bill (S. 1871) was introduced in September of 2017 for deliberation.  Everyone is encouraged to contact their respective U.S. Senators to support the bill.   Visit the APMA website for guidance on the proper language and use of eAdvocacy.

Click here to watch Dr. Steve Goldman testify before the VA House Subcommittee on Health Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Read his full testimony here.


Fellowship Overview with Timothy Ford, DPM

Timothy Ford, DPM

Timothy Ford, DPM

Reconstructive Foot and Diabetic Limb Salvage/Preservation Fellowship

Sponsoring Institutions: KentuckyOne Health Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville

 In continuing our series about CPME-approved residencies and fellowships, this month we are featuring a one-year reconstructive foot and diabetic limb salvage/preservation fellowship at KentuckyOne Health and the University of Louisville.  Below are insights about the program from Director, Timothy Ford, DPM.


ABPM: What are some key aspects of this fellowship?

Dr. Ford: This program is a mix of surgery and medicine – it offers the best of both worlds. Unlike being on one service, podiatry, our fellows are on a variety of services throughout their 12 months. These rotations include plastic surgery, ortho trauma, infectious disease, foot & ankle clinic and our fellows also take ER call at University of Louisville.

This fellowship offers a wide range of experiences, but it can also be customized. If our fellow is interested in a particular area, we work with them to ensure they get a little more time on that rotation. For instance, if a fellow is really interested in traumatology, we’ll give them a few more months on that service, and make sure the attending in that area is working closely with them.

Of course, there are certain requirements that must be met for a CPME approved fellowship. So, all our fellows have to complete ortho trauma, and plastic surgery rotations. In addition, they must take a micro vascular course and cover foot clinic. Otherwise, there is room to mold the experience.

ABPM: What sets this fellowship apart?

Dr. Ford: We think of our fellows as junior attendings. They are given a lot of autonomy, although there is always an attending nearby. This program is especially great for those who get out of residency and don’t feel that they have quite enough experience, or just want to learn a little more. Our fellows leave with at least a couple hundred procedures. This program forces fellows to grow a little more and gives them an opportunity to do things on their own. But at the same time, attendings are always there and available.

Also, because our fellows work with fellows in different medical subspecialties, there is an increased awareness of podiatry, and it builds a better understanding and respect for our medical specialty.

ABPM: What are the research requirements for this fellowship?

Dr. Ford: Research is encouraged, and there are a lot of research opportunities through the university that fellows can tap into. We also encourage fellows to partner in a research project with a first-year resident, who can continue the research.

While we don’t have strict research requirements, research is important for all podiatrists because it gives you a different perspective; it shows you how medicine evolves.

ABPM: Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship? What are you looking for?

Dr. Ford: In general, CPME-approved fellowships are great for those interested in academic medicine, or those who don’t feel they got enough experience through their residency.

On paper, we’re looking for the same things as everyone else – good PRR logs, involvement in extra curricular activities, etc. But when it comes to the interview, we are looking for someone eager to learn and who can rise to the occasion. This fellowship is attached to a residency program, so our fellows get a lot of calls from residents – they become teachers. A good candidate for this fellowship won’t shy away from that aspect.

Most importantly, we’re looking for a candidate who knows what they are lacking and how this experience can fill that gap.

ABPM: What else do potential candidates need to know?

Dr. Ford: We send out a notice to all residency programs right after Labor Day. Applications should be submitted by the end of the year.  But we do encourage interested residents to contact us anytime.

Also, because you’re required to be licensed by the state of Kentucky before you can start the fellowship, it’s important you plan ahead. The state exam is normally in April or May.

As dual-boarded DPM in academic medicine, do you have any other words of wisdom?

As insurance becomes more and more important, credentials will become more and more important. So, get dual-boarded. Get the extra wound care certification offered by ABPM. Get certified in whatever you can! In my opinion, it’s easiest to do all this right after residency, when everything is fresh in your mind. Sit for all of it – one right after the other.


For additional information about this fellowship, visit

Interested Podiatrists may contact Dr. Timothy Ford, Fellowship Director at

If you have or know of a CPME fellowship program that you would like featured in this series, please email

A Profile of Excellence: Rosemay Michel, DPM

Podiatry wins!

Rosemay Michel, DPM

Rosemay Michel, DPM

Dr. Rosemay Michel describes her path to podiatric medicine as “not glamorous!” As a child, she wanted to be a pediatrician, but when medical school didn’t work out, she looked into other medical professions. “Podiatry was the lucky winner,” Dr. Michel says. Podiatry may not have been Dr. Michel’s original plan, but it certainly worked out for the best. She now has a dynamic career punctuated with two fellowships, eight years as an assistant professor and a variety of volunteer work. She says that her open-mindedness, willingness to relocate and “occasionally adventurous nature” have contributed to her success and helped her navigate her post doctorate training and career path.

Dr. Michel attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where she was involved in the National Podiatric Medical Association and participated in a number of community outreach projects under the mentorship of Simon Nzuzi, DPM. After residency, Dr. Michel was a surgical fellow at North General Hospital, and followed that experience with a Diabetic Foot/Limb Salvage Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

For the next 8 years she served UTHSCSA as assistant professor, an experience that gave her valuable confidence in her knowledge and skills, and helped prepare her for her current role as a podiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Michel says that during her training years, mentors like Stephen Albert, DPM, Renato Giorgini, DPM and Lawrence Harkless, DPM, “greatly contributed to my professional and personal growth.” She encourages young podiatrists to find mentors who inspire them. She also advises residents to be open-minded, patient and prepared for any path you may be faced with.

“Life doesn’t always go as you plan or envision,”she says. “Go with the flow!”

Dr. Michel became ABPM certified in 2006 and ABFAS certified in 2005. She says that her experience in academic medicine taught her the value of being dual board certified. Being dual certified serves as testimony to the excellent knowledge and skills I have acquired, giving equal emphasis to both medical and surgical aspects of podiatry, since they work in tandem! Dr. Michel also recently received her Certification of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the ABPM.

Dr. Michel is passionate about giving back  inside and outside of the podiatric community. During her fellowship years, Dr. Michel was involved with the in the Denver Boys and Girls Club and her local church. She also served on a medical mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This experience had a particularly profound effect on her, as she is of Haitian descent. She was grateful to be able to serve in a variety of ways, from helping establish temporary medical camps to working at the local hospital in patient care and surgical procedures.

Currently, Dr. Michel is heavily involved with the ABPM. She serves on the Qualification/In-Training Subsection Examination Committee, Credentials Committee and MOC Committee, and is a liaison for the ABPM Residency Review Committee (RRC). She is also a Board Member for the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and serves on the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a member of the RRC, one of the ABPM liaisons, and as an onsite residency program evaluator.

In her free time, Dr. Michel enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading and spending time with family.

Founding Dean, Lawrence Harkless, DPM, is Honored at Western University Commencement

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

Western University of Health Sciences held its annual Commencement ceremony for the College of Podiatric Medicine at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. WesternU honored College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, who will retire June 30, 2017 after spending the past 10 years launching and growing the college. CPM Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, will serve as interim dean while the university conducts a search for Harkless’ successor.

Harkless will leave WesternU with a legacy of excellence and achievement very few members of the podiatric medicine profession have the opportunity to accomplish in a lifetime, Jones said. Harkless said we must all remember to give and share because we are all instruments made by God to help others. “As I watch one season come to an end, I welcome the beginning of a new season and the journey ahead,” Harkless said. “Wherever you are in life, don’t be afraid to try new paths. I’m sure our paths will cross again.”

Dr. Lawrence Harkless has been board certified with the ABPM since 1994.

Dr. Lester Jones, past president of ABPM, has been board certified with the ABPM since 1985.



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