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March 31, 2014 #5,026 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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RESIDENCY CRISIS UPDATE
Unmatched Residency Placements Currently Stand at 78
 
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) provides periodic status reports on residency placements from Match Day. The following is residency placement data as of March 28, 2014:
 
Class of 2014 Placements: 
Placed in Residencies 505 ( 89.5%) 
Not Eligible/Not Seeking Training 16 ( 2.8%) 
To Be Placed 43 ( 7.6%) 
Total 564 (100.0%) 
 
Class of 2013 Placements: 
Placed in Residencies 29 ( 65.9%) 
To Be Placed 15 ( 34.1%) 
Total 44 (100.0%) 
 
Class of 2012 Placements: 
Placed in Residencies 6 ( 31.6%) 
To Be Placed 13 ( 68.4%) 
Total 19 (100.0%) 
 
Prior to 2012 Placements: 
Placed in Residencies 2 ( 22.2%) 
To Be Placed 7 ( 77.8%) 
Total 9 (100.0%)
 
Source: AACPM

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AT THE COLLEGES - PART 1
TUSPM Practice Management Club Supports De-FEET Childhood Hunger
 
Throughout the past two years, the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and the student members at the AAPPM have supported the local Philadelphia community in combating childhood hunger by collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations. The continuous support from the AAPPM and the hopeful vision of the De-FEET Childhood Hunger campaign empowered the students from TUSPM’s Practice Management Club to collect over 100 pounds of food and $500 of donations! 
 
(L-R) Ricky Kaufman, Justin Lobello, Aisha Jasani, Jackie Chen, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Rebekah Cherian, Tayyaba Hasan, and Benjamin Marder
 
Dr. Hal Ornstein, chair of  the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management recently traveled on a snowy evening into Philadelphia to speak with over sixty TUSPM students. The student members of the AAPPM at TUSPM have worked diligently to help tackle childhood hunger in America by supporting De-FEET Childhood Hunger. 
Dr.Comfort

Neuremedy


AT THE COLLEGES - PART 1
Hospital Honors KSUCPM Faculty Member as “Doctor of the Year” 
 
Dr. Michael Canales, KSUCPM Adjunct Faculty member and 2004 graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, was honored as the 2014 Doctor of the Year at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. This is the first time a podiatrist has earned the distinction in the nearly 150 year history of the hospital. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is located in Cleveland, Ohio and was founded in 1865.
 
(L-R) Michael Canales, DPM and David Perse, MD, President and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
 
Dr. Bryan Caldwell, Interim Dean at KSUCPM, said “The students at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine are fortunate to have clinical training from podiatric physicians such as Dr. Canales. He is certainly an example of excellence in action.”

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
UK Podiatrist Wins Appeal for Retrial 
 
Mark Russell was prosecuted in November for an offence of intent to deceive by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He was fined £270 and ordered to pay prosecution costs which totalled more than £6,000. Russell pleaded guilty to the charge, not realizing it contained the element of intent to deceive – an element he has now successfully appealed at the Old Bailey in London. An appeal judge ruled on Wednesday that the wording in the charge could have multiple meanings, so the case has been sent back to magistrates.
 
Russell has been a registered podiatrist for more than 30 years, but took himself off the register to highlight what he says is a major flaw in his profession. He said his actions were in protest against the HCPC’s failure to protect patients from clinicians who have been struck off for misconduct. The HCPC registers all chiropodists and podiatists as ‘protected titles’, which means anyone qualified to work as such must be registered. But people working as foot health specialists or podologists do not need to register, meaning there is no check on their qualifications or practicing history.
 
Source: Blackpool Gazette

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PODIATRIC INVENTORS IN THE NEWS
Hammertoe Device Invented by GA Podiatrist Gains Patent Protection
 
For Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies LLC, winning a first patent is a milestone too often overlooked in the medical device manufacturing industry. Invented by an Atlanta-area surgeon, Dr. Scott R. Roman, the patent for “intramedullary fixation device and methods for bone fixation and stabilization” has been four years in the making and provides legal protection from copy cats. With private investors in Memphis and in Georgia, the company has invested close to $3 million in the last three years making and marketing its Arrow-Lok digital fusion system for hammertoes.
 
Dr. Paul Hutchinson holds an ARROW-LOK digital fusion device in his office. (photo: Brandon Dill)
 
Dr. Paul Hutchison, a Memphis podiatrist, said the company product is the primary fixation device he now uses for hammertoes. “What you’re looking for is ease of usage, but reproducible results,” Hutchison said. “This product has entitled me to have that,” said Hutchison, who also described it as awesome, neat, and innovative.
 
Source: Kevin McKenzie, The Commercial Appeal [3/26/14]

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SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS
Bret Ribotsky: Your concept of orthotics involves a spring concept. How and why is this different than the Root concept?  
 
Dr. Steven King
 
Steven King: When you put a “Root style" orthotic in an EVA foam shoe/sneaker, you lose a lot of control. My spring style device is used in a shoe without any cushion/foam. This function is accomplished via a spring-loading insole. By analogy, when you are downhill snow skiing, you keep control by holding an edge of the ski on the snow. If that edge was supported by a compressive foam, you would not be able to hold the edge. 
 
Dr. Thomas Chang
 
Meet the Masters airs live every Tuesday night. This week's guest is  Dr. Thomas Chang, Clinical Professor and Past Chairman of the Department of Podiatric Surgery at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.  You can register for this and future events by clicking here
Codes for Podiatric Medicine and More! 2013/2014 (26th Edition)
 
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
Aetrex Worldwide Launches iStep Digital Foot Scanning Software Version 9.0
 
Aetrex Worldwide Inc., a global leader in comfort and wellness footwear products, has launched its most advanced foot scanning software with the release of the iStep version 9.0. The latest hardware and software innovations drive increased sales for retailers, offer powerful analytics, and provide a platform for mobile and social media marketing.
 
Aetrex iStep v9 Foot Scanner
 
First pioneered by Aetrex 11 years ago, the iStep has historically featured the most sophisticated digital foot scanning technology, providing consumers with an accurate foot scan to quickly identify foot size, arch type, pressure points, and orthotic recommendations custom selected for their feet. With the retailer and consumer in mind, iStep v9.0 has been upgraded to include over 25 interactive apps, a simplified user interface, high-tech animations, and marketing tools.

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QUERIES (MEDICAL/LEGAL)
Query: Liability for Telemedicine
 
I found the article and topic on interstate licensure interesting and wondered if the obvious follow-up question was going to be asked: what sort of legal liability do you face by fielding inquires from patients seeking medical advice via email, social networking/media, office web page response link, phone, or the like when the patient is from a state where you don't hold a license to practice? If the patient follows your informed opinion and faces the sequelae of an untoward outcome, would you face liability and possibly not have malpractice coverage because you practiced without a license? If not, why not?
 
David Secord, DPM, Corpus Christi, TX
 
Editor's comment: PM News does not provide legal advice. Since the laws of each state vary, this question is best answered by your professional liability carrier. In the event you were to be sued, it would be your insurer whom you ask to defend you.  Therefore, it seems logical to get an answer in writing before engaging in diagnosing or treating out-of-state patients.    
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Simon Young, DPM, Michael Forte, DPM
 
It seems you injured the medial and lateral branches of the posterior tibial nerve. This could also be due to scar tissue. It might take one year to resolve. Consider deep massage for scar tissue. Just for completeness sake, check for CRPs, although it doesn't appear to be so.
 
Simon Young, DPM, NY, NY, simonyoung@juno.com
 
I think your diagnosis of distal entrapment is assertive and correct. I think you should perform a nerve decompression procedure to relieve his symptoms.
 
Michael Forte, DPM, Mayaguez, PR, fortepies@aol.com
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Corey Fox, DPM
 
The sensory nerves in question can be ablated via radiofrequency or cryotherapy. I don't believe this is a functional result due to lengthening as much as impingement in scar tissue or the likes. 
 
Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Forest Hills, NY, jeffckass@aol.com
 
Try 4% dehydrated alcohol injections on each side of the heel for neuritis, about a quarter inch proximal to the area of maximum tenderness. Start with 0.25 cc at each site, possibly two injections on each side of the heel. Try a series of three or four weekly injections, maybe more if the patient is responding. You can also try pharmacological treatment for neuritis, with medications like MetanX, Lyrica or a tricyclic. Perhaps a transdermal Flector patch, or maybe one of the compounded pain creams (that everyone is trying to sell you) can offer some benefit.
 
Corey Fox, DPM, Massapequa, NY, fox.corey@gmail.com
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Outstanding Fellowship position in New England available in Limb Preservation, Podiatric Surgery and Wound Care.  Be part of this unique Fellowship at a major teaching facility. During this time, you will work with multiple interdisciplinary experts who contribute significantly in their field of surgery, research and academia. Requirements: Completion of a two or three year surgical residency; Candidate must possess a commitment to an academic career in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Submit a CV and letter of interest IMMEDIATELY to: Dr. Vickie R Driver and Dr. Latricia Allen at drvdriver@aol.com and allendpm.la@gmail.com.
 
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PRACTICE FOR SALE - CONNECTICUT
 
Dr. Edward H. Denkin of New Canaan Ct. is looking to retire in the coming years. Hence he is looking for a Podiatrist to take over the surgical part of his practice and pick up some C&C hours. He has been in New Canaan for over 40 years and is highly regarded with an excellent reputation. He is currently the only podiatrist in New Canaan, CT, a prestigious community, forty minutes away from NYC, with 20,000 plus residents who prefer to see their doctors locally. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Denkin at 203-727-7645.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTHWEST FL  
 
Multilocation multidoctor practice in beautiful Southwest Florida. Practice has grossed over seven figures consistently and currently shows 10-15% growth in revenues with increase in new patients and patient visits. EHR is already implemented with meaningful use criteria met. Practice has been professionally evaluated by Provider Resources. Only serious inquiries to this email address. This is a great practice in Paradise and a good opportunity for the right doctor or doctors. Email to: practiceforsaleswfla@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Very busy, two location group practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate. Competitive salary offered. Please email CV to: podiatrists@icloud.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL FLORIDA
 
Associate wanted for well-established practice in central Florida. Multi Physician Practice – Multi Practice Locations Competitive Salary and Benefits. Experienced support staff. Excellent opportunity for a promising future.  To apply please go to www.yourcareerinpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE NEEDED - CONNECTICUT
 
Position available for a board certified or qualified individual who has an emphasis on DM foot care and is comfortable with all surgical aspects of forefoot, rearfoot and ankle surgery.  Excellent opportunity for a surgeon.  Competitive salary and benefits offered and a perfect community to raise a family. fax resume to bfsoffice@4udr.com
 
FULL-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – FLORIDA PANHANDLE
 
Immediate position available for hard-working, motivated individual in a well-established practice. Equal mix of primary care and surgery. Excellent opportunity to get on all insurance panels. Board qualified/Certified with ABPS preferred. Competitive salary and benefit package. Please email CV and letter of interest to kmoore@feetareneat.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HUDSON VALLEY REGION, NY 
 
Hudson Valley Foot Associates has a great opportunity available!  We’re a high-volume, diversified, multi-office group practice utilizing state-of-the-art modalities. Great growth for a personable and motivated DPM.  Please visit www.hvfa.com and forward cover letter with CV to info@hvfa.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - KENTUCKY
 
Immediate opening for palliative/general podiatric care provider in established clinics, nursing home and assistive living settings in beautiful Southern Kentucky. Travel involved, but transportation provided along with ability to provide a wide range of clinical care including DME. Board certification not mandatory, but must be eligible for KY state license. Base salary with incredible bonus opportunity/full benefits. Join Kentucky’s largest and most respected podiatric group. Email CV and letter of interest to: jonkim12000@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ATLANTA SUBURB 
 
Immediate associate position available. PSR 24/36, ABPS certified/qualified for high volume surgical practice. State of the art practice with on-site accredited surgical center, physical therapy and MRI. Full hospital privileges available. Send inquiry and CV to: glewis@mariettapodiatry.com.
 
FULL-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Well established 65 year old practice looking for full time associate upon completion of a 36-month residency. Salary and full benefits including medical and malpractice included. Purchase opportunity available after probationary period. Full scope modern practice with 2 office locations. Great opportunity. Please email your CV to  bkatzman2@verizon.net
 
PODIATRISTS WANTED – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Podiatrists wanted for fully managed practice in skilled nursing facilities in the following areas: 1. Chico and Meadowood 2. Sacramento 3. Fresno – local and up to one hour south. Send CV and area of interest to: ZBUBBLESZ@aol.com
 
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