APMA News - June 2012 - (Page 18)

APMA by the Decade: 1962–1971 Throughout 2012, APMA’s publications will celebrate the rich heritage of the podiatric medical profession and its professional organization. Each month in APMA News, we will focus on one decade of APMA’s history. T he 1960s were a time of social upheaval and cultural change in America, and this climate was no less a reality for the field of podiatric medicine. As the decade began, the long-simmering and occasionally volatile war of “word” between podiatrists and chiropodists came to a close as a special Harmony Committee put in place a plan to phase out the use of “chiropody” from organizational nomenclature. This action finally put an end to a significant division within the field and served to complete the transition of the National Association of Chiropody (NAC) to the American Podiatry Association (APA). In response to the announcement of the impending closure of the Temple School in 1960 (almost immediately replaced in 1963 by the independent Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine), the APA House of Delegates created the Special Commission on the Status of Podiatry Education. The commission was chaired by William K. Selden, LLD, and tasked with assessing the current state of podiatric education. The result of these efforts was the document Podiatry Education in the 1960s, commonly known as “The Selden Report.” The Selden Report outlined 26 recommendations that would serve to set the agenda for the organization for the next decade. Chief among the recommendations were numerous educational reforms including bolstering current facilities; strengthening faculty with the addition of full-time PhDs; adding research programs; and generally expanding the scope and quality of student applicants. The curriculum of the colleges was thoroughly examined by Lloyd E. Blauch, PhD, and Abe Rubin, DPM. The result of their project was The Podiatry Curriculum: Report of the Curriculum Study to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine in 1970. This report would reshape podiatric education in the next decade. Additionally, the 1965 inclusion of podiatric medicine in the Health Professions Education Assistance Act of 1963 paved the way for federal funding to be used at podiatric colleges. An estimated $21 million of government funds were distributed to podiatric schools to improve and upgrade their aging facilities as well as provide scholarships and other financial assistance to students. This previously unavailable support provided a muchneeded lifeline to the podiatric colleges and helped APA realize many of the goals set forth in the Selden Report. In 1967, APA and podiatric medicine in general saw the surest sign to date of progress and acceptance within the general medical community when President Lyndon Johnson recommended the addition of podiatry to Medicare and Social Security services. However, podiatric medicine almost did not A child attempts to master locomotion-vision coordination techniques during APA’s 1962 annual meeting in Washington, DC, under the direction of doctors Amiel Francke, OD (right), and I.H. Samuels, DSC. make the cut. Certain factions within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (the precursor to the Department of Health and Human Services) did not want podiatric medicine included within the government programs, and kept it out of a speech the president was to give on health care. The long-serving chair of the APA Federal Affairs Committee, Charles R. Turchin, DPM, had worked diligently since the creation of Medicare in 1956 on the advancement of podiatric medicine in federal legislation and received an advance copy of the speech. Noting the exclusion, he petitioned his personal friend and patient—Lady Bird Johnson—to intercede. The following day, President Johnson (also a patient of Dr. Turchin) delivered his speech with language crafted by APA included, and APA had a hard-earned and significant victory. Watch for APMA by the Decade: 1972–81 in the July/August issue of APMA News as the profession places an increased emphasis on postgraduate education. n Acknowledgment: Lisabeth Holloway. A Fast Pace Forward: Celebrating 75 Years American Podiatric Medical Association. Philadelphia: Center for the History of Foot Care and Footwear, 1987. 18 APMA News June 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of APMA News - June 2012

APMA News - June 2012
President’s Message
Contents
APMA Introduces REdRC
Legislative Scrapbook
APMA By the Decade
Profiles in Progress
2011 Podiatric Practice Survey
Reimbursement
Federal Advocacy Forum
List of Cosponsors to the Equity and Access for Podiatric Physicians Under Medicaid Act
APMAPAC Chair Report
IT Consultant
Website Wisdom
Technofile
Small Business 101
CPME Update
Pediatric Medical Assistans' Education Program
Annual Scientific Meeting Preliminary Program
Annual Scientific Meeting Sponsors
Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Form
APMA All Stars
In Short
Worthy of Note
Affiliates Corner
List of Affiliated Organizations
Insurance Advisor
New Members
Death Notices
APMAPAC Update
Development Update
Call for Third-party Comments
Classified Advertising
Dates to Remember
Advertising Index
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