Category Archive: Resident News to Use

Profiles in Practice: Gina Painter, DPM

Dr. Gina Painter is a podiatric physician who practices general podiatric medicine and surgery in Great Falls, Montana. While she began her career as an independent practitioner, and has belonged to a multi-specialty group, an independent orthopedic group, and she is now employed by a hospital system.

“As a hospital based physician, you do lose some control of day to day operations. However, your ability to provide patient care and direction remains the same. The availability and collegiality between disciplines enhances the patient’s access to specialties and timeliness in interdisciplinary consultations. “said Painter. “Regardless of changing practice environments, the mix of pathology has remained 80 percent medicine and 20 percent surgery. I love the variety – I see all ages of patients for everything from preventative diabetic foot care, wound care, biomechanics, pediatrics and surgical care.”

Dr. Painter earned her DPM degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her 2 year residency at Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1995 and was chief surgical resident for HVHS.

“As a young physician, I had a lot to learn about the business of podiatric medicine,” states Painter. “I urge those who are just starting out to learn from their colleagues and ask questions – with age, experience and a few good mentors, I believe any type of podiatric practice can be professionally fulfilling and financially rewarding.”

Among her pearls of wisdom for new physicians is to get board certified as soon as possible. Painter is dual board certified with ABPM and ABFAS. She remembers that the first hospital where she obtained hospital rights, required board certification within two years of the qualification exam. She was grateful that the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) allowed her to fulfill this requirement quickly.


Other advice includes, as a resident take advantage of any and all opportunities to see unique patients and disease presentations, to ask questions and document all the experiences. You may never treat all foot and ankle deformities or diseases in your future practice but you need to know when and who to refer to. It may also help you find a niche if you are so inclined. You can build a practice completely on biomechanics of the lower extremity or wound care, etc.


Dr. Painter also believes in the importance of giving back. “As soon as your practice starts to get established, it’s important to give back to the podiatric community and the community where you live – these elements have given you the ability to practice the medicine you were trained for and make a good living.” She is currently Clinical Director for Fit Feet in Montana for Special Olympics, BOD of Treasure State Health Network, BOD and Treasurer of ABPM, and volunteers for numerous non-for-profit organizations.

When she’s not busy with her practice or volunteer work, she is spending time with her husband and two children. Living in Montana provides wonderful outdoor activities such as gardening, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and fishing. My son Nathan, a junior in high school, plays soccer throughout the year. Short of the mini-van, I am a “soccer mom”. And while not on the pitch, my daughter Jillian, a freshman, dances ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. She is also an avid chef and baker. You can usually find us both in the kitchen. Her husband of 24 years, Jerry, has been her support personally and professionally.

Land Your Dream Job – Create a Standout CV

By William Chagares, DPM

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first thing most potential employers will see. To make the right impression, it should be professional, succinct, accurate and a thorough snapshot of your qualifications.

Here is a checklist to get you started:

Formatting and style guidelines:

  • Your CV should be informative and accurate – but also concise. Only include relevant information.
  • Maximize readability. It is essential for your CV to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and effectively. You need to separate different sections and insert clear section headings. Avoid long paragraphs and use bullet points to break up text into more manageable chunks. It should be eye-catching and uncluttered.
  • Check vigilantly for spelling and grammatical errors.

Recommended professional information:  

  • Details regarding your training and education. Be clear about your residency training, and add details such as fellowship training, if completed.
  • Professional practice history including dates and locations.
  • Board Certification status (Board Qualified and/or Board Certified status). When providing a printed copy of your CV during interviews, attach a copy of the Board Certificate(s).
  • Professional memberships. For instance, membership to the Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association (FSPMA) or the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), or other professional societies (American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM), American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), American Diabetes Assoc., Society for Vascular Surgeons, etc.)
  • Activities you perform on a national level. For instance, lecturer at conferences or seminars, teaching appointments, membership on professional committees and any other volunteer work. Examples include: work with the APMA, ABPM, Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), etc.
  • Publications, including those as a resident.  If numerous, attach the list to your CV as a separate PDF file.
  • Research activities.
  • Faculty appointments
  • Honors or other achievements.


Reflections on Young Physician Institute

Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM DABPM

Happy Fall to all my resident friends! I am thrilled to share my recent experience with all of you. The ABPM has several initiatives in place to further engage new and younger members including sponsorship with the APMA’s Young Physician Institute (YPI). I was honored to attend this year’s event in Nashville, TN and encourage ALL of you to think about, not only attending the event next year, but also looking into all the opportunities available to young physicians and residents.

My experience this year was amazing. The APMA’s commitment to recruiting, growing and maintaining relationships with young leaders is evident by the great topics presented at the conference including: risk management issues (Cybercrimes), economics of practicing medicine in the 21st Century, employee/employer relations, practice start-ups, student loan debt strategies, and more.

There were also two opportunities to break away into small groups and work on APMA initiatives. I was thrilled to see many attendees actively participate in defining podiatric leadership in the 21st century and how the APMA can support these young leaders.

What is ABPM’s relationship to APMA and how are they involved with Young Physicians? ABPM is one of only two certifying boards recognized under the authority of the APMA to certify in podiatric medicine and orthopedics. ABPM takes this responsibility seriously and is continually looking for opportunities to share information about its certification. In Nashville, at the YPI, the APBM sponsored an informative lunch discussing the critical need for board certification and the streamlined pathway to certification available to those of us who have graduated from a three year medical and surgical residency. The ABPM is looking also for young members to speak about their experiences with the ABPM with their colleagues.

Are you interested in attending the YPI in future years? Please contact ABPM headquarters for more information regarding the opportunity to be sponsored to the event by the ABPM!

Maximize Your Residency and Become a Standout Candidate for Your Dream Job!

Residency is an important time for professional development. With some careful planning and a little bit of diligence you can position yourself to be a top candidate for any job. Here are a few tips for each year of residency:

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1):

  • Be respectful, attentive and develop relationships with your program director, attending physicians and senior residents. You can learn a lot from those around you, and the relationships you develop now may end up being the key to future opportunities, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Re-apply with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as a resident (resident application) – membership is free during your residency.
  • Start looking for opportunities to publish an article, give a presentation at a conference or conduct research – these types of activities will set you apart from other candidates when it comes time to job hunt.
  • Review the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) 320 document. It outlines all the standards for your residency training and will give you a guideline for your development over the next few years.
  • Create a habit of documenting your training and education in the relevant electronic logging system such as PRR or similar database.

Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2):

  • Be engaged as a learner and a teacher – help the PGY-1 residents. Teaching experience will expand your professional vocabulary.
  • Get involved! Whether it’s writing case studies, giving poster presentations at conferences or preparing PowerPoint lectures, these activities will not only add to your education but will add to your value as a potential employee and your credibility as a podiatrist.
  • Augment your education by reading on your own – it will help you understand and experience your daily activities in new ways. Consider additional educational resources such as PRESENT Lecture Hall and APMA REdRC.

Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY-3):

  • Continue assisting with training of the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. This will help solidify or refresh what you’ve learned.
  • Consider a fellowship for a fourth year of training.
  • Network in the area where you plan on entering practice by attending State Association or National APMA meetings near that location.
  • Take the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) qualification exams.
  • Ask for letters of reference from professors from your podiatry college, your residency director, attending physicians and other podiatrists you may work with during your residency. Excellent references can really set you apart when applying for jobs.


  • Surf the ABPM website and read the resident newsletter.
  • Surf the APMA website
  • Use the APMA Young Physician program benefits and services.  These are tailored specifically to your needs. Become familiar with their career center and participate in their networking events and opportunities.
  • Attend the APMA Young Physician Institute offered every Autumn. The lectures and workshops are designed for Young Physicians, and it will give you a valuable opportunity to network or maintain relationships with your peers.
  • Once you are Board Certified by the ABPM, get involved as a Young Physician. Being involved in your profession helps you develop both professionally and personally.

Thank you to Nichol Salvo DPM, APMA Director of Young Physicians for her contributions to the content of this article.

Podiatry Paths: Caring for Those Who Serve – Working in the Veteran Health Administration

Working as a podiatrist for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides different advantages than a career in private practice. The VHA offers compensation, which, when combined with comprehensive benefits, can be an attractive option for some podiatrists. It also has the additional benefit of providing much needed care to patients who have served our country. As a federal employee, there are also unique opportunities for advancement in clinical practice, leadership, research, education and national policy development.

In addition, because the VHA is its own integrated health care system, clinicians are able to focus solely on the practice of medicine, without the time and effort associated with billing and reimbursement issues. However, this also means practitioners give up the ability to control certain aspects of their business, such as ordering supplies, hiring and firing staff, marketing, etc.

“For me, the ability to focus on the practice of medicine without the hassles associated with insurance was very attractive,” said William E. Chagares DPM, Chief Podiatry Section at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. “I am able to concentrate on my patient priorities most of the day, throughout the work week.”

For those interested in a career with the VHA, it’s important to understand that the VHA runs on a step and grade system. Salary scale (or the specific step and grade) is determined by many factors, including post graduate training, years of experience, board certification, research and publications, and academic faculty appointments. Each employee’s step and grade are assigned during what is called the new hire “boarding process”. Taking time to ensure your CV is current, accurate and easily understood is the best way for a new employee to ensure they are boarded according to their individual qualifications and experience.

For more information about careers with the VHA, visit

Practice Pearl of Wisdom ….from Editor

telescopeby Melissa Lockwood, DPM

Residency training in 2015, for many practicing podiatrists, is like staring through a looking glass. The comprehensive training you receive now is so beyond what was even offered 10 to 15 years ago. This is something to be proud of!  But our residency and even fellowship training isn’t enough. We need to take the clinical skills learned and apply them, but how?  By applying for and passing your board examinations.

Eighty percent of the work you will do in private practice is reflected in your certification with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. It is critical to put all your training to use and make YOUR transition into private practice smooth by obtaining your ABPM certification now. The good news?  ABPM has access to your residency resource logs, which if logged correctly during your credentialed three year residency program, will give you a streamlined pathway to certification. See details.

ABPM Honors Outstanding Graduate Students

Annual Merit Award Recipients Honored

ABPM congratulates this year’s Annual ABPM Graduate Merit Award Recipients.  They are:

This award is given to an outstanding graduating student from each of the nine colleges of podiatric medicine.   Selections were made with recommendations from the Dean of each college based on specific, documented criteria. and included input from faculty as well as information provided by the student.  Candidates were sought with a GPA of at least 3.5, who exhibited particular aptitude in Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Orthopedics and their associated subjects, as well as “high standards of professional conduct, probity, academic achievement and moral rectitude.”

Each honoree receive an award of $2,000 and a certificate issued by the ABPM.

ABPM Board members were on site to present the awards to these outstanding students. Congratulations to each of these deserving recipients.



Arizona - Dr. Goldman and Samuel Tischler

Arizona – Dr. Goldman and Samuel Tischler

Barry - Dr, Southerland and Hope Jacoby

Barry – Dr. Southerland and Hope Jacoby

Des Moines - Dr. Chagares and Austin McArdle

Des Moines – Dr. Chagares and Austin McArdle

Kent - Dr. Chagares and Vorice Batts

Kent – Dr. Chagares and Vorice Batts

New York - Dr. DellaCorte and Timothy Miller

New York – Dr. DellaCorte and Timothy Miller

Samuel Merritt - Dr. Stavosky and Donald Sellenriek

Samuel Merritt – Dr. Stavosky and Donald Sellenriek

Scholl - Dr. Chagares and Tracy Lee

Scholl – Dr. Chagares and Tracy Lee

Temple - Dr. Spadone and Glenn Woodley

Temple – Dr. Spadone and Glenn Woodley

Western - Drs. Jones and Benard with Aarron Flowers

Western – Drs. Jones and Benard with Aarron Flowers

ABPM News Updates:

Check our home page regularly for ABPM News Updates:

Winter Resident Newsletter:  The February 2015 edition of the ABPM Resident newsletter has been distributed to current residents.  View and sign-up if you would like to receive! All issues will remain on this website for future reference.

Online Application: Applications for the ABPM board qualification and certification examinations are now online. Simply select the examination you will be taking, upload any required documentation and submit fees electronically through our secured payment system.

Top 3 reasons to get board certified with ABPM

Some of the top 3 reasons to get board certified with ABPM include:

  • Access: 80% of the podiatric work in private practice is medicine. Even if you decide later to become certified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), you will have distinguished yourself early with the ABPM board certification in podiatric orthopedics and podiatric medicine. This is especially important when obtaining hospital privileges and becoming recognized on insurance panels.
  • Professionalism: ABPM is the only specialty board recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education under the authority of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to conduct a certification process in Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Medicine.
  • Speed: Residents today, completing a three-year residency program can move quickly from board qualification to board certification, by-passing the traditional case-gathering process. Often this means physicians are able to become an ABPM certified podiatrist the year in which they complete their residency. Many residents elect to dual board with the American Board of Food and Ankle Surgery which can take up to seven years depending on types of cases seen in practice.

Sign up online for the Qualification or Certification Exam by March 14!

Practice Management Pearl

By Melissa Lockwood, DPM

Thinking ahead…

It’s important to think ahead and remember this practice management tip while you are in residency.  We all realize this fact, yet so many of us do not take full advantage of the three years we are working through our programs.  Make sure to connect with your attending physicians OUTSIDE the operating room – if you are not already rotating with them in their private offices. Remember, over 80% of what you will do every day in podiatric medicine won’t happen in an OR!  Make sure you ask to visit and learn as much as you can about procedures, protocols, billing, coding, and so much more!  This a great time for you to see what the future holds!  Take full advantage!!



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