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6 APMA News February 2013
Nearly a year ago, I stood before the House of Delegates as APMA’s newly
elected president and spoke about my vision for the APMA “TEAM”: Tenacity, Endurance, Accountability, and Momentum. Over the past year, we have
moved toward the goals of Vision 2015 with unstoppable energy, and I’m
confident that we will achieve them.
In my final President’s Message, let me update you on what we have accomplished, and ask for your help in continuing our momentum:
Ensuring that podiatric medical education is comparable to allopathic and
osteopathic medical education: The American Association of Colleges of
Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) and CPME collaborated to create standard
competencies for accreditation of the colleges of podiatric medicine. CPME
has developed a three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency that
will become mandatory for all graduating podiatrists this year, and which
has achieved full graduate medical education funding.
Educating health-care professionals: We have formed mutually beneficial
relationships with other medical specialty societies. I am working closely
with AMA as vice chair of its Health Professional Awareness Education
and Training Committee. The Society for Vascular Surgery is actively recruiting podiatrists as physician members. We continue to enjoy a close
working relationship with the American Osteopathic Association, sharing
space in its advocacy center.
Obtaining state and federal recognition of podiatrists as physicians:
Thirty-five states define podiatrists as physicians. Forty-five states and the
District of Columbia include the ankle in their podiatric scope of practice.
APMA is working closely with state components on their advocacy efforts
and continues to strive for recognition by all areas of the federal government for podiatrists as physicians.
Promoting podiatrists as physicians: Thanks to APMA’s Today’s Podiatrist
campaign, more than 80 percent of state components regularly use our
public education materials. Since relaunching our website in 2012, visitors and visit lengths and have increased, and the Find a Podiatrist tool
continues to be wildly popular. We currently have more than 30,000
Twitter followers, more than 3,000 Facebook “likes,” and nearly 192,000
views of our YouTube videos.
Attracting high-quality applicants to podiatric medical schools: APMA
remains integrally involved by supporting AACPM as it now spearheads
recruitment, and we continue to market podiatric medicine as a profession.
You can help us accelerate this momentum as we push to meet our ultimate goals. Begin by working more closely with other health-care professionals in your community. Encourage your state society to form relationships
with state medical and osteopathic organizations, taking advantage of your
contacts. Continue using our marketing and educational materials to promote your practice and educate the public. Use the tools on our eAdvocacy
site (www.apma.org/eadvocacy), and participate in events like our March
Legislative Conference. Invite students to shadow you in your practice, and
visit local colleges and high schools.
I leave our team in the capable hands of Matthew Garoufalis, DPM. His passion for podiatric medicine will serve the association well. It has been my great
honor to serve APMA as president. Thank you for your support, your time, and
your commitment to this great profession. I’m proud to be a part of your team.
—Joseph M. Caporusso, DPM, President
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