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The Inaugural Student National
Podiatric Medical Association
National Conference
By: Lynn-Indora Edmond, MS, SMU-CPM Class of 2024
On April 7th and 8th, 2023, podiatric medical students,
prospective students, and practicing podiatrists had the
opportunity to attend the inaugural Student National
Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA) National
Conference to explore different topics related to podiatry.
This virtual conference was organized and led entirely
by students from the SNPMA chapters of SMU-CPM,
TUSPM, BUSPM, KSUCPM, SCPM, NYCPM, and
WUCPM, demonstrating the collaboration and commitment
to the mission and objectives of SNPMA. These seven
SNPMA chapters came together to create a platform for
the students to gain and share knowledge alongside the
opportunity to network with fellow podiatric professionals.
The conference featured distinguished presenters who
are driving change in the field. The panelists presented
on diverse topics, reflecting the array of challenges and
opportunities of podiatric medicine.
Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, one of the founders of
SNPMA, discussed the initiatives for increasing minority
representation and visibility in podiatry.
Dr. Alton Johnson's presentation on the socioeconomic
impact of wound care on patients shed light on social
determinants of health and their implications on patient
health outcomes.
Dr. Tracey Vlahovic discussed nail conditions in the
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skin for patients of color and brought awareness to how
symptoms present in darker skin tones are not often
represented in literature.
Dr. Justin Waller's, Dr. Diksha Mohapatra's, and Dr. Yona
Mizrahi's sessions on the journey toward residency were
helpful for current students to gain a first-hand perspective
into the Intern year of a resident physician.
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