December 2008

Volume 28 | Number 4

Special Theme: Podiatric Medicine

Residency Training: Putting Knowledge Into Practice
Carol R. Jensen

In this helpful article the author explains the rationale for residencies and steps students at colleges of podiatric medicine take to apply for residencies. As she indicates, the process is similar to the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the AAMC residency match with one notable exception. Students at colleges of podiatric medicine go to a central geographic place for interviews. Ms. Jensen states that the podiatric residency training years are exciting and challenging; “…the memories, attitudes and influence of colleagues involved in that training period remain as a very special time”.

Young Members Salary and Benefits Assessment
Article provided by the Young Members Committee of the American Podiatric Medical Association

In 2005 the APMA Young Members Committee initiated a survey to gather and report data on the practice of podiatric medicine. This article highlights results of the 2007 survey. It contains very useful graphs with information on salary, type of podiatric residency, student loan dept, and primary practice arrangements. The graphs are clearly labeled and easy to read, with comparisons by gender.

AACPM's DPM Mentors Network
Moraith G. North

Illustrated with graphic images of webpages, this article walks the reader through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) DPM Mentors Network. This project began in December 2000 and there are approximately 500 active DPM mentors — “podiatric physicians who believe in the value and importance of their profession and are willing to share this perspective with those who express an interest in the discipline”. The American Podiatric Association (APMA) is a partner in this initiative and has “additional options for health professions advisors in their efforts to provide guidance for students”. Students have the opportunity to visit with a mentor in his or her office as well as communicate via phone and/or email.

Interview with Jane Andersen, D.P.M.
LeRonda N. Swain

Dr. Jane Andersen earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and completed residency programs at Stanford University Medical Center and DVAMC Palo Alto. She and her husband have a practice in Chapel Hill , North Carolina. In this article Dr. Andersen answers questions about why she chose her specialty, what she likes best and least, volunteer work, what she wished she had known when she was an undergraduate, and her favorite TV show (“24”). Dr. Andersen states: “There many opportunities in podiatric medicine, working in a hospital (teaching or otherwise)…[and] many different areas to specialize in: diabetes, pediatrics, sports medicine, geriatric care, surgery…”. She adds that “the profession can offer a great lifestyle.”

Spreading the Love Around the World: Podiatric
David J. Zych

This inspiring article highlights work done by several doctors of podiatric medicine as they travel the world to help people with foot and ankle problems. For example, Dr. DeHeer, DPM, works with Cure International, “which is sponsoring a club foot project in Haiti , as well as in countries all over the world.” Dr. Cachia, DPM, has been involved with Liga International, Flying Doctors of Mercy. He describes a case where a young girl was run over and dragged beneath a car. Dr. Morelli, DPM, travels to Leon Nicaragua through a Mamaroneck United Methodist Church program. He states: “We do everything from club foot to triple arthrodesis surgery, cavus foot, flat foot, bunion surgery, pediatric birth defects…whatever can be done, we do”. In this article are other stories too, ones about people who give freely of time, skills and money to do humanitarian work.

Building Professional Bridges: SNMA teams with SNPMA at SCPM and OCPM
Lois Lott
Mandy Meinhardt

This article is about partnerships formed at the 2008 Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region II meeting held at the campus of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. “SNMA members felt it important to reach out to the membership of their counterparts in the Student National Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA), and members of the Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine “played a large part in the Region II meeting…” A similar bridge-building effort was the focus of the SNMA Region V conference held in November 2008 in Cleveland and involved students from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

A Preliminary Comparison of Academic Performance Between Podiatric and Osteopathic Medical Students at Des Moines University
Dawn LaBarbera, Ph.D., PA-C, C.N.T.M., RT(N)

The authors point out that podiatric and osteopathic medical students at Des Moines University “take the same basic science medical curriculum.” Two tables compare performance of these groups; the first presents data from admissions (e.g, GPA, MCAT) and the second lists aggregate data on Biochemistry and Pharmacology scores. Although the study suggests a trend, the authors recommend additional studies to “substantiate the power of the findings.”

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