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November 24, 2010 #4,019 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

GA Podiatrist Points Out Dangers to Feet at Airport Security

When you're on the run to catch your flight you could be putting your feet in danger. You know the drill. Before going through security at the airport, you have to remove your shoes. But it may be risky. Podiatrist Dr. Perry Julien says some foot problems can be passed from one person to another. "There are so many things that could happen with somebody walking barefoot around those terminals. Conditions such as athlete's foot, bacterial infections, even warts."

Dr. Perry Julien

Dr. Julien says cover your feet. "I think as long as there is some barrier, certainly a thicker sock would be helpful, but even a nylon hose is a better barrier than being barefoot." Walking around shoeless at airport security exposes your feet to other hazards. "My biggest concern is somebody dropping a bag on somebody's foot without the protection of footwear." A good reason to stay "on your toes."  

Source: KYTX [11/20/10]

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AT THE COLLEGES

OCPM Featured in National Documentary

The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine has partnered with The Profile Series to develop a documentary that will be a part of an international syndicated, 30-minute film episode. This full-length feature segment will be broadcasted on major networks such as Bravo and Discovery and will be seen in over 200 cities and 127 countries.  This episode will take an in-depth look at health and wellness, which will include the field of podiatry and will highlight OCPM. An announcement will be made when the 30-minute episode will run.

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Along with the documentary, OCPM was provided with a 9-minute exclusive video piece on the college. This video captures an overview of OCPM with an emphasis on the teaching areas within the college.

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APMA COMPONENT NEWS

APMSA Urges Profession’s Intervention to Avert Residency Crisis

With 3 months until the CASPR/CRIP match, the APMSA alerts the profession of the current projected residency data as of 11/15/2010: 
 
Class of 2011 Applicants: 534
Prior graduate applicants: 42
Approved CPME positions: 525
Active positions in CASPR: 501
Projected shortage: 75 positions

Editor's Note: See Zackary B. Gangwer's ( APMSA President) note in the letters section below.

Dr.Comfort


PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY

FL Podiatrist Receives Rising Star Award

Dr. Gideon J. Lewis, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, has been named the 2010 recipient of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Rising Star Award. Dr. Lewis, a Winter Park resident, graduated from UCF with his bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology in 2000. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Gideon J. Lewis
 

Dr. Lewis is very active in the Central Florida community, directing the UCF pre-medical surgical internship program, serving on the board of directors for the Kerosene Lamp Foundation (Adonal Foyle and Dwight Howard's non-profit organization), and training the Florida Hospital foot and ankle surgical residents as an attending physician.

Source: Winter Park/Maitland Observer [11/10/10]

 


MEETING NEWS

Another Record-Breaker for Desert Foot

The 7th Annual Desert Foot High Risk Diabetic Foot Conference concluded this weekend at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale. It was three days of fast-paced diabetic limb salvage science and clinical wound care technology, originally presented for the VA and now, developed by PRESENT e-Learning Systems into a larger program for the multidisciplinary diabetic limb care community. The conference had over 700 attendees this year, 40% more than last year, including 60 nurses and 40 MDs. Sold out this year, Desert Foot is already making plans to expand for more attendees next year. 

Desert Foot Conference manager Michael Shore, DPM holds the granddaughter of Co-Chair Jeffrey Robbins, DPM's during the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.

Conference Chairman Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH  and Co- Chairs Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, (Posters), Dane Wukich, MD (Orthopedics) and Cynthia Fleck, RN, MBA (Nursing), put on a fascinating program utilizing a renowned international faculty. An Abstract/Poster competition, sponsored by conference Grand Sponsor Advanced BioHealing, received over 50 submissions. Generous prizes were awarded in both residents and non-residents categories.

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: Template for Credit Card on File

I would like to start implementing keeping credit cards on file, and I am looking for a concise form to include in my "new patient packet."  Does anyone have any sample handouts (financial policy) that they give to patients explaining their credit card policy?

Joe Gonzalez, DPM, East Lansing, MI

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CODINGLINE CORNER

Query: Surgery Nerve Block and Cast Application

A colleague suggested that giving a local nerve block and/or applying a below-the-knee cast (or splint) at surgery could be billed and reimbursed as separate procedures. I've read on this forum that those procedures are considered to be included in the surgical procedure for Medicare patients, and thus should not be billed separately.

My colleague has challenged me to find where this is stated in print with CMS. I have not been able to find anything. Can someone provide some insight on the subject, and perhaps a reliable reference?

Alan MacGill, DPM, Boca Raton, FL

Response: Look no further than the CPT book before the surgery section and before the casting section. A cast applied at the time of surgery is considered to be included in the procedure allowance, and is not payable.

"A physician who applies the initial cast, strap, or splint and also assumes all of the subsequent fracture, dislocation, or injury care cannot use the application of casts and strapping codes as an initial service, since the first cast/splint or strap application is included in the treatment of fracture and/or dislocation codes..."

Subsequent medically-necessary cast applications are payable.

Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda. CA

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Circulation to Toes, Post-Op (Stephen Pirotta, DPM)
From: Makabis Yousefpour, DPM

I would get a vascular consultation as soon as possible. That would be my first step. Second, did you use any K-wires? If so, you may consider removing them. I have previously used Nitrostat paste, applied to the toes every three days. This increases the local flow. You may also consider the use of vasodilators, however, ask for a medical consult prior to placing the pt on them as these could lead to decrease in BP. I would also consider HBO therapy at this time. However, make sure the patient has good TCO2, which your vascular consult should be able to detect.

Makabis Yousefpour, DPM, Los Angeles, CA, makdpm@yahoo.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: APMSA Urges Profession’s Intervention to Avert Residency Crisis

The projected shortage of 75 plus residency positions for 2010-2011 is astronomical and of the utmost priority for the APMSA and the profession. This astounding 75 position shortage equates to more than two whole colleges’ entire 2011 graduating classes, ¼ of all colleges of podiatric medicine in this cycle, or 14% of all graduates not receiving a residency. This is shocking and unacceptable and an issue that the APMSA considers a crisis for the entire profession. This crisis for the 2010/2011 CASPR cycle will continue to exponentially magnify if not immediately resolved.

Unlike the past, today’s graduating podiatrist cannot obtain a license or hospital privileges without a residency. Add to this the approximate average debt burden of $148,000, payable upon graduation. It is inconceivable not to provide residency training for every qualified student.

We urge the profession to help, in any capacity, to avert this crisis. Please call the Residency Hotline today at 1-800-372-0775.  On behalf of the APMSA’s 2,500 student members, thank you for your help with this most urgent issue for the profession.

Zackary B. Gangwer, APMSA President

 


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Foot And Ankle Hardware and Airport Security (Charles Morelli, DPM)
From: Michael S. Downey, DPM, Michael Rothman, MS, DPM

Airport metal detectors may or may not detect implantable metallic devices.  Over the years, my patients have had varying experiences when going through airport metal detectors. Certainly, larger metallic implants are more likely to set off the metal detectors, as the total mass of the metal is what is currently measured. If the implanted metal sets off the metal detector, a secondary screening method is mandated. The secondary screening method typically involves the use of a metal detecting hand wand or a pat down to confirm that the metal is indeed inside the body. 

Although physicians can provide wallet-sized cards to their patients with pacemakers or implanted metallic devices to alert security personnel, security personnel will handle the patient the same regardless of whether they present such a card or not. This policy is only logical as otherwise terrorists carrying metallic devices would simply get identification cards to avoid security checks. Therefore, I do not currently provide such cards to my patients, but tell them that if the metal detector goes off, they should alert security personnel as to where in their body the metal is located to assist in the mandated secondary screening process. To my knowledge, there is no current way to avoid this process. 

Michael S. Downey, DPM, Philadelphia, PA, Dowpod@aol.com

Having an artificial knee and the associated ID card that came with it, I can tell you the card is of no use for TSA clearance. They don't even want me to show them the scar. I am taken aside wanded with a metal detector and patted down. As to the amount of metal, my wife's Star-Edwards mitral valve does not set off alarms. With the new full body scanners and the more invasive pat down, everyone will be searched, hardware or not. 

Michael Rothman, MS, DPM Chicago, IL, michael_rothman@comcast.net

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)

RE: Pain-killers Darvon, Darvocet Withdrawn at FDA Request
From: Sloan Gordon, DPM

As all of us should know by now, propoxyphene, which has been linked to heart problems, has been withdrawn from the U.S. market by the manufacturer per FDA instruction. A couple of colleagues called me this morning to ask for "substitutes", and I compiled a short list that may be useful.

Mild Pain: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs, nambutone, celecoxib, diclofenac, Toradol* (ketorolac), (* I give most of my patients on NSAIDs Zegerid (TM) available OTC from most drugstores.)

Moderate Pain:  Codeine, hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen, Ultram/Tramadol

Severe Pain: Stadol nasal spray (butorphanol), Fentanyl patch, Narcotics (e.g. oxycodone + acetaminophen)

Sloan Gordon, DPM, Houston, TX, sgordondoc@sbcglobal.net

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (MEET THE MASTERS) - PART 1

RE: Harold Schoehaus on Meet the Masters
From: Luke Hunter

As a current 4th year student, I can agree with Dr. Schoenhaus when he says more time should be spent in the hospital (or in any clinical setting) rather than the classroom. However, speaking from my own experience, not all hospital environments are as educational as some of the courses/workshops I've taken in school. Just having exposure to patients and pathology doesn't always mean it's educational. If it's not tied together with appropriate guidance from an attending/resident, the educational benefit is diminished. I believe there needs to be less time spent in the classroom and more of an intermediate period from the classroom to the hospital, more of an introduction to the needed clinical skills we will see as future residents. That way we can maximize (or be primed for) the educational benefit that a hospital can offer.

As for some schools having too many students, I see too many students who are "pushed" through the educational system, being given too many chances after too many failures. Sub-standard students should be culled after the first year, before they incur too much debt (and remember these substandard students will eventually become our colleagues and represent our profession). However, it's almost immoral to try to fail students in the 3rd and 4th years. What profession can they now enter that will allow them to pay back the 100K loans that they have already incurred? This is a very prickly issue, but if this year's 50-80 residency spots shortage is any gauge of the current problem, then something needs to be done soon. I can foresee future applicants being hesitant to take a risk in getting an education for a profession that they might not be able to enter afterwards.

Luke Hunter, Chicago, IL, aggieluke@gmail.com

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (MEET THE MASTERS) - PART 2

RE: Leonard Levy on Meet the Masters
From: Richard M. Maleski, DPM

I agree with Dr. Levy that the first thing our profession needs to do is to develop a plan for investigating the possibility of a dual DPM/MD degree. That is, a plan for INVESTIGATING the possibility and not necessarily for trying to implement such a change. I’m not sure that our academic and post-graduate programs are designed to educate podiatrists to the specifics that MD’s are educated to. The same can be said that allopathic students are not trained to the specificity that our students are in foot pathology.

One way to find out would be to have a random group of podiatry students from all of the DPM schools take the National Boards that allopathic students take, e.g. at the end of the 2nd and 4th academic years. If we find that our students are being educated so that they could function as MD students at those corresponding educational levels, then our profession may find that it is desirable to pursue such a change. However, if our students have not been given this type of education, and our entire educational process would need to be changed, and in the process we'd lose our identity and our educational advantages in the fields of anatomy, biomechanics, etc., then we may decide that we should pursue continued excellence in our own discipline. I  think that such testing could be done confidentially and “in-house” so that the results could be safeguarded.

Discussing the pro’s and con’s of a degree change without knowing what would be required to make such a change is fruitless.

Richard M. Maleski, DPM, Pittsburgh, PA, maleski@zoominternet.net

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CLASSIFIED ADS

PODIATRIST NEEDED, NY (ALBANY/HUDSON)

2 hours North of NYC. Busy podiatric practice all phases of podiatry. Full-time position available immediately/possible part-time considered. competitive salary, fringe benefits package. NYS license required. If interested e-mail resume to footspecialistassopc@yahoo.com or fax to 518-828-9510 or call 518-869-5799 ask for Lori.

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: f-massuda@footexperts.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - LEADING TO PARTNERSHIP - MARYLAND/DC

High volume, state-of-the-art podiatric practice in prestigious Montgomery County Looking for a highly motivated, well trained podiatric physician to help manage a very busy in-patient and out-patient based practice. Minimum of PSR-36 with interest in hindfoot surgery, ankle reconstruction, and complex wound care. Salary and benefits are commensurate with the position...and exceptional opportunity for the right individual. Please send CV and a letter of interest to adassili@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - TAMPA BAY AREA

Excellent opportunity to join a well established multi-office group practice in the Tampa Bay area starting July 1, 2011. We are seeking a hard-working, ethical and outgoing physician with Florida license. Salary commensurate with training plus benefits. Please email or fax CV. podiatryfl@yahoo.com 813-254-8262.

ASSOCIATESHIP - MARYLAND

A great opportunity to join and gain ownership interest of a well established, diversified practice in Maryland. 2-year residency needed, EHR, ultrasound, ASC, hospital close by with wound care center. Fax resume to 410-749-6807.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN - (OAKLAND COUNTY)

Outstanding opportunity for associate in well established practice, general & surgical podiatry forefoot, rearfoot & ankle (full or part-time). Well-trained, responsible, motivated with good communication skills, ABPS qualified or better. Send CV & letter of interest to: PodiatristWanted@AOL.com. All replies kept strictly confidential

ASSOCIATE POSITION - LOUISIANA

Associate position in busy multi-office practice. Must be highly motivated, hardworking and have good people skills. Residency training required. Competitive salary and benefit package. For more information please submit CV and specify your current location and availability. Confidentiality assured. E-mail dpmposition@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW MEXICO

Well established, multi-office practice in sunny Albuquerque, NM
is seeking a well-trained (PSR 24/36) associate to start July 2011. Travel required one day/week. Utilize your talent with our "Leg Law" as well as our state-of-the-art practice including digital x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, PADNet, and an in-office surgical suite. Send your cover letter, CV and 2 letters of reference to: 
familyfootww@yahoo.com. Visit our website at www.newmexicopodiatry.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION – IOWA CITY AREA

Modern practice seeking a well-trained (PSR 24/36) associate to start immediately. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, hardworking individual with strong surgical and medical skills. Solid referral network and 13 years of growth. Come live in the Iowa City area and enjoy the quality of life and stability of a Big Ten University community. Competitive salary and benefit package available. If interested, fax CV to 319-354-1014 or e-mail to dave@341foot.com

ASSOCIATE  POSITION - NAPLES, FLORIDA

Great opportunity for PSR- 24/36 BE/BC podiatrist with strong surgical skills to join multi-office multi-doctor practice. Hospital privileges available at 648 bed hospital system, 200 bed hospital system and multiple surgical centers. Florida has a great scope of practice law and we rotate for ER call at all 4 hospitals. Candidate needs to be ethical and motivated. Established practitioner or new practitioner OK. Fax CV to (239)566-8778 or Email CV to Drgordon@gulfcoastfootcare.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 and photo to ohiodoctors@aol.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

WOUND CARE TISSUE HEALING FELLOWSHIP

St. Johns Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY currently has one opening for its 12 month CPME-approved Wound Care and Tissue Healing Fellowship beginning immediately. St. John's Episcopal Hospital has a major wound care/hyperbaric oxygen center. Fellows are trained in all aspects of wound care including certification in hyperbaric medicine. Surgical residency training required. Competitive salary and benefits. Please contact Lloyd Bardfeld, DPM, Director: Wound Care Tissue Healing Fellowship, 516-592-7075, tnddawg@aol.com

TRAUMA FELLOWSHIP - FOOT & ANKLE

Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, IA is currently accepting applications for its 12 month trauma surgery fellowship beginning August 1, 2011. Fellowship to include advanced techniques in all foot and ankle surgery with an emphasis on lower extremity trauma, reconstruction & total joint replacement. Residency training required. Competitive salary and benefits. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Ben Olsen, DPM, Director: Foot and Ankle Trauma Fellowship, Broadlawns Medical Center, 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314, 515-282-7927, bolsen@broadlawns.org

PRACTICE FOR SALE - MARYLAND, DC SUBURB

Own your own practice and be your own boss.Great opportunity. Retiring after 38 years in practice at the same location. Practice is fully equipped with digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, computer network, orthotic scanner and state licensed ambulatory surgical center. Owner will stay on as needed for easy transition. dpmpracticeforsale@yahoo.com

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