APMA News - February 2013 - (Page 74)
Featuring Michael J. Hriljac, DPM, JD, executive director,
Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
In this feature, APMA News asks one member 10 questions
and gets all the answers about his or her passions, ambitions,
and priorities. Would you like to answer our questions? Contact Aimee Condayan at email@example.com.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you
I would order a medium-rare rack of lamb with roasted
vegetables, a nice bottle of pinot noir, and something
chocolate and decadent for dessert, with a vintage port.
Starting my sophomore year in high school, I was interested in medicine. I went to a public school on the
south side of Chicago. I was a
greaser with slicked-down
hair and a leather jacket. People thought I was destined
more for Vietnam than medicine, but I fooled them.
What do you do for fun during
your time off?
Why is podiatry the best career for you?
Podiatry has been great. It’s allowed me to practice
medicine as I always wanted to—making a good living and having the freedom to travel and indulge my
whims. I have met so many great and interesting people in my practice and working within the profession
with the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and
APMA. I have been able to meet many memorable patients, colleagues, and politicians. It has kept me involved and committed.
We are up on a ridge about 10 miles south of the North
Carolina border. We have layered mountain views of
three states. The mountains afford us an ever-changing
vista of colors and textures with rising mists that drift
in and out of the valleys in the early morning. Our local
lake has water that tests cleaner than most city tap water and several streams that make our area the trout
fishing capital of Georgia. It allows me complete relaxation fewer than two hours from Atlanta.
If you could meet any famous person, who would it be,
Teddy Roosevelt; he was a remarkable man. He could
read and write in multiple languages, was widely published, started the National Park Service, led his troops
into battle, served as secretary of the Navy and president of the United States, and had a bully good time.
Who’s the most memorable professor you’ve ever had
Adolph Galinski, DPM. He was a tough, gritty guy who
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What is your favorite vacation
spot and why?
I have been all over the world
and enjoyed all my travels. My
wife and I bought a home in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia this year, and I expect to spend most of my vacations there until we retire.
I enjoy hunting and fishing, as
well as boating, woodworking, reading, gourmet cuisine and wine tasting, and
What would your last meal be?
Where or to whom do you go for advice?
My wife Susan, my colleagues in medicine and law,
and when appropriate, the Internet.
What is the biggest change you’ve seen in podiatric medicine
since you started practicing?
I’d say it’s a tie between new technology and the
intrusion of government.
10. What mistake have you made that taught you a great lesson?
I had a hot temper when I was younger, which, in retrospect, caused some embarrassing moments. I have
learned to control my temper, although driving in Chicago traffic still irritates me. In traffic, I am reminded
that God must love bad drivers—he made so many of
them. I usually commute to the office by train.
Blue Ridge Mountains ©istockphoto.com/John Upchurch
worked his way up. He was extremely knowledgeable
and reminded me of my roots on the south side of Chicago. He instilled lower extremity anatomy and surgery
into my soul.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of APMA News - February 2013
APMA News - February 2013
Table of Contents
Keeping Boots on the Ground: Podiatric Physicians in the Military
Catch Comedian Tom Cotter at The National Opening Session
Annual Meeting Sponsors
State Advocacy in Focus: Sowing Grassroots Advocacy
APMA Staff Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Time Capsule
Social Media 101: Strategies for Today’s Podiatrist
2012 Podiatric Practice Survey: Year of Graduation from Podiatric Medical College by Practice Arrangement Type
Federal Advocacy Forum
APMAPAC Chair Report
Small Business 101
Seeking Award Nominations
Call for Abstracts
Worthy of Note
Call for Abstracts
List of Affi liated Organizations
Classifi ed Advertising
Dates to Remember
2013 Annual Scientific Meeting Preliminary Program
APMA News - February 2013