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February 10, 2011 #4,086 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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EDITOR'S NOTES

PM News will be taking a mid-winter break and will not be publishing until February 17th. 

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

Ankle Replacement By FL Podiatrist Allows Retired Soldier to Resume Walks

Daily walks were put on hold in 2009 when retired Army Sgt. Maj. Mike Mead could no longer suppress the pain in his left ankle. A total ankle replacement, one of the first done in Bay County in the past decade, has given the career soldier relief from the pain and a return to his walks. Dr. Shayne Jensen of Gulf Coast Podiatry Foot and Ankle Surgery Center, who performed the ankle replacement, said Mead’s pain was caused by a lack of cartilage in his ankle joint, likely caused by osteoarthritis. In July 2010, Mead was implanted with the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical.

Dr. Shayne Jensen examines Mike Mead

Jensen performs 10 to 15 ankle fusions a year, which he said is still the “gold standard” for treating ankle problems. An ankle fusion uses pins and plates to fuse the ankle joint, and patients lose range of motion in the ankle joint. The total ankle replacement uses an artificial prosthesis to offer patients better mobility.“It looks good, it healed well and it works,” Jensen said.

Source: Chris Segal, News Herald [2/6/11]

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RESIDENCY GENESIS NEWS

PA Podiatrist Named as Residency Genesis Coordinator

The William L. Goldfarb Foundation has announced that Dr. Lee J. Sanders, whose career has been directly involved in the creation, direction and expansion of residency programs for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, has agreed to assume the position of Residency Genesis Coordinator under the Residency Genesis Project created by the Foundation.

Dr. Lee Sanders

The Residency Genesis Project was established in October, 2010 in response to the projected shortfall in residencies that has been identified by the Balance Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. Within its first three months of operation, the Project has begun working with forty-eight different prospective residency directors privileged at hospitals located in twenty-nine states.

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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

NC Podiatrist Appointed Chief of Surgery

The North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society has announced the appointment of Dekarlos Dial, DPM, as Chief of Surgery at Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville, North Carolina. In addition to his private practice responsibilities, Dr. Dial serves the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society as Seminar Chair.

Dr. Dekarlos Dial

Dial is a 2003 graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is Qualified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

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E-HEALTH NEWS

ONC to Track Nationwide Health IT Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS has awarded two contracts totaling more than $3.9 million to monitor the nationwide use of health information exchanges and adoption of electronic health-record systems.

Surescripts, an Arlington, Va.-based vendor of electronic prescribing services and, more recently, an information exchange portal and an ONC-authorized health IT testing and certification body, was awarded a contract valued at more than $1.4 million. Surescripts is to collect, report and analyze "ongoing evidence of nationwide electronic exchange of clinical information, such as electronic prescribing," and submit reports at least quarterly, according to a contract description posted on a federal website.  
 
Source: Joseph Conn, Health Strategist IT [2/7/11]

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MEETING NEWS

IFAF Hosts Successful Seminar at Sea

The International Foot & Ankle Foundation (formerly the Northwest Podiatric Foundation) hosted a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Seminar at Sea aboard one of the World's largest cruse ships, the OASIS of the Seas, on January 15-22, 2011. The cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, had port stops in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maartin, with three full days at sea at which time the 25 CME program was offered.

Speaker Faculty for the IFAF January Oasis Seminar at Sea Conference, 2011. Drs. Brian McInnes, Chris Reeves, Sean Grambart, Amber Shane, Rex Nilson, Mary Crawford, Wayne Bakotic, Ed Glaser, G Dock Dockery, and William Healey.

The dual screened, high-tech, two-sided conference room on the Oasis seated 50 attendees for the Seminar at Sea meeting. The IFAF offers several high-quality scientific seminars annually in great venues around the globe.

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: Low-Cost Lasers?

I recently attended the SAM conference in Orlando, Florida in January and heard the last part of a lecture from Elliot Udell. He spoke about low-cost lasers that are in the works and could be available in the near future. I am presently looking at several lasers ranging from $25,000-$60,000. Has any other members heard any news of these low-cost lasers?

Jack Ressler, DPM, Lauderhill, FL

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Cavernous Hemangioma (Chris Seuferling, DPM)
From: Robert Bijak, DPM
 
Before amputation or any surgery, this patient should be evaluated proximally for popliteal or ilio-femoral anatomic pathology or occlusive disease, whether by MRI angiogram or standard angiogram. That this hemangioma is a de nova genetically aberrant system should not be assumed. With such a normal right extremity, it seems unlikely it's purely systemic, and all eyes should be on a concomitant arterial problem causing a venous congestion, or a frank primary venous assault, possibly infective.

Also, consider referral to a practitioner familiar with "Avastin" treatment. Perhaps the VEGF inhibition may ameliorate the vasculature. This is being done in the eye for neovasculariztion and of course in cancer treatment. Naturally, amputation should be the last resort, and I would try all "Hail Mary" treatments to save this limb.

Robert Bijak, DPM, Clarence Center, NY rbijak@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: Orthopedic vs. Podiatry Training

There is an interesting article in Foot and Ankle International/Vol 24, No.7/July 2003 written about the lack of foot and ankle training in orthopedic residencies. If anyone would like a copy, please contact me.

Bill Trabulsi, DPM, Tampa FL, trabulsidpm@tampabay.rr.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: H&Ps for Podiatrists (Jack Fisher, DPM)
From: Robert Bijak, DPM

Despite Dr. Fisher's descriptions of H&P regulations, can we in good faith believe podiatrists have broad enough training to do a complete H&P? Without even OB/GYN training, or formal cardiac auscultation or ECG training, and I don't mean a podiatric rotation through the department as a podiatry resident. I wouldn't want a podiatrist evaluating my mother. The danger with podiatry in systemic evaluations is that many podiatrists don't know what they don't know. I am a podiatrist and if I were the patient, I wouldn't want a podiatrist determining my fitness systemically. I want an MD performing this. My life is more important to me than giving one up for the "Gipper."

Robert Bijak, DPM, Clarence Center, NY rbijak@aol.com

Seeking Faculty Member/Surgical Clinician

Responsibilities: Didactic classroom teaching, patient care at Foot Center of New York and our affilitated hospitals, resident training, research and publications.

Qualifications: Completed approved PMS-36, Board-qualified, experience in all phases of fore and hindfoot surgery including trauma and external fixation.

Please send CV to: Joel A. Sturm, Vice President Administration
New York College of Podiatric Medicine & Foot Center of New York
53 East 124th Street, New York, NY 10035, FAX: 212-876-7670, jsturm@nycpm.edu


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: Universal Training of Podiatrists and Parity (Steven D. Epstein, DPM)
From: George Pattis, DPM

In regard to Dr. Epstein's post, his comments ring true to those of us who graduated about 30 years ago. The profession is attempting to evolve into a surgical specialty, and contrary to what some may wish to believe, bestowing all with a 3-year residency trained status will probably not lead to MD status in the near future. My view is that there is plenty of work out there for a podiatrist not interested in doing hospital surgery. As to whether a 3-year hospital residency is needed for that, my viewpoint is that it is not needed.

George Pattis, DPM, Greensville, SC, georgepattis@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 4

RE: Employee Embezzlement (Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS)
From: Michael Forman, DPM

The best method that I know of to prevent employees from opening up their own accounts to deposit your checks is to keep track of all adjustments made in the office. Once the charge is put into the computer, the only way to reconcile this amount to "get it off the books" is to either pay it, or adjust it. If adjustments are not looked at, your employees can take the money, adjust the amount so that it does not show up in accounts receivable.
 
Dr. Michaels' suggestion of using a receipt book is excellent.
 
Michael Forman, DPM, Cleveland, OH, im4man@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)

RE: Unionized Podiatrists Offer Free Foot/Ankle Care to NFL Players During Lockout or Strike (Joel Lang, DPM)
From: Deborah S. Wehman, DPM

It struck me the same way. The apparent importance of the NFL to daily life continues to amaze me. They sure have a good PR firm.

Deborah S. Wehman, DPM, Richmond, IN, DSWehman@comcast.net

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CLASSIFIED ADS

ASSOCIATE POSITION/PARTNERSHIP - CHICAGO

Chicago Podiatric Surgeons, one of Chicago’s leading podiatric practices, is searching for a FT podiatric surgeon. Applicant must be a personable and confident surgeon with ability to manage surgical patients independently and be at least board qualified. High compensation. Will be working in new 7000 sf state of the art office in AN upscale Chicago neighborhood. Ownership/partnership opportunities. Send letter of intent and CV to drcarr@chicagopodiaty.com

IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE- ASSOCIATE POSITION - DAYTON, OHIO

Join a well-established modern practice with an excellent reputation and referral base. Base salary $100,000 and benefits with a bonus structure. EMR, diagnostic ultrasound, all aspects of DME, Padnet vascular studies, and CO2 lasers. We seek a surgeon that is well trained, personable and motivated to join our group of 3 Podiatric Surgeons. Would like this individual to buy in the practice eventually. Please send resume to ohiodoctors@aol.com

PART-TIME / FULL-TIME PODIATRIST NEEDED ASAP - CHICAGO

Part-time podiatrist needed for 2 offices in Chicago with an average of 20 hours/week. Must have Illinois license. Must have completed 2 years of surgical residency. If qualified, email to: A-Storjohann@footexperts.com

PART-TIME/FULL-TIME PODIATRIST NEEDED - INDIANA

Part-time full-time Podiatrist needed for our Indiana offices. Must have Indiana license. Must have completed two years of surgical residency. If qualified email to f-massuda@footexperts.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NE GEORGIA SUBURB

Immediate opening for PSR24/36, ABPS Qualified or Certified individual. Hosp/Amb. Surg. Ctn  privileges available. Good chance of partnership or practice purchase in foreseeable future. Send resume/CV to gramps395@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION NYC (PART TIME) 
Manhattan (East Harlem) Community Health Center. Experienced podiatrist with commitment to providing quality care. Bilingual Spanish a plus Please forward resume and cover letter including salary requirement. FAX: (212) 360-6149 Email:  orodriguez@boriken.org

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTH CAROLINA

Cornerstone Health Care, one of the largest physician-owned and managed multispecialty groups in the Southeast, seeks podiatric physician for office located in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. The physician must have three years of training and board qualification in forefoot and rearfoot surgery. Cornerstone has over 290 providers in 75 locations. Physicians benefit from centralized billing, purchasing, and human resources, while maintaining autonomy over office practices. A state-of-the-art EMR system provides instant access to all Cornerstone patient records. Send CV to page.redpath@cornerstonehealthcare.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Immediate opening. Well-established podiatric group in Southwest Florida. Multi-office practice with EMR, Digital x-ray, Ultrasound... Seeking full-time associate that is PM&S-36 trained, personable, independent and highly motivated. Must be BC/BS in rearfoot /ankle with confidence in complex reconstructive cases. Full benefits package, competitive salary, excellent lifestyle. Email CV to: JLH459@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK CITY

One of the fastest growing podiatry practices in New York City and Queens seeks a podiatrist who participates with HealthFirst, Fidelis, and other Medicaid plans. Preferably a Spanish speaking podiatrist. Contact me at Podocare@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHARLOTTE, NC

Well-established multi-office practice looking for personable, motivated associate leading to partnership. Excellent opportunity in a growing area. Contact charpodiatry@gmail.com

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - COOL TOUCH LASER

Cool Breeze Cool Touch CT3 plus laser used for ugly, unsightly, toe nail infections. Less than six months old. Great price won't last long. Considering a laser? We also have the Q- Clear Q- switch laser too. This laser is perfect for you. Dr. Zuckerman is in the Fort Lauderdale area and will demo this lasers on your patients. E-mail footcare@comcast.net

PRACTICE FOR SALE - MARYLAND, DC SUBURBS

Great opportunity. Well established and equipped practice for sale. Office includes state licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center. Present owner is retiring but will stay on as needed for smooth transition. Average gross over past 3 years is $575 K. dpmpracticeforsale@yahoo.com

PRACTICE FOR SALE - BOSTON SUBURB

A 12+ year practice, including all equipment is for immediate sale.  Average gross is $100K while being open only one day weekly. The ability for increased growth potential is obviously excellent with increased hours. Doctor is looking for serious offers only. Reply to shop@thefootdoctor.com

SPACE AVAILABLE- NYC & LI

Office to sublet and share with DPM and chiropractor, East 60th Manhattan, and Plainview long island. access to an MRI, Joint Commission certified operating rooms, digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and access to a multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center. Turn-key operation - no investment needed 516 476-1815 PODO2345@AOL.COM

SPACE AVAILABLE - BRANSON, MO

Great opportunity to develop a podiatry practice in a four condominium Branson office building with a growing ophthalmology practice along with a well established optometry practice and a multi-disciplinary ambulatory surgery center in Branson, a top ten retirement destination.The available condominium is a grey box so it can be build out to specifications. Rental and/or ownership options are available for this condominium. Practice development financing and ASC ownership available for the right doctor. Great schools and affordable lakeside or golf course living available. Contact Dr. James Bureman @ jbureman@missourieye.com or 417-861-5839

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