Ready To Train Or Ready To Practice? Redefining The Goals And Expectations Of Schools And Residency Programs

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
11/29/10 | 2454 reads | 6 comments
Here we are again. Another period of graduates outmatching the number of training programs until the powers that be gear up and produce more slots. Let “quality” be the key word this time please. Also, residency directors, keep in mind that this is the 21st century and let me introduce a concept: “the handoff.” You may have heard of it but apparently expectations are still mired back in the 1960s and 1970s. I hear it from colleagues around the country all of the time, even on these blogs. Read More.

Can Practicing EBM Help Protect You From Malpractice Claims?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/29/10 | 2988 reads | 2 comments
When a DPM is facing a jury preparing to decide his or her fate in a malpractice trial, the podiatrist would probably have paid a lot more attention to evidence-based medicine (EBM) protocols if the DPM had realized that the outcome of the trial would have depended on whether he or she had used EBM. Read More.

How The ACFAOM Lectures Cured A Phobia Of Biomechanics

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
9/15/10 | 3458 reads | 4 comments
Do you have a biomechanics phobia? Many of us do and until recently I did not know there was a cure. I attended an elegant little meeting last month in Florida that surprised me. I intended to take home ready-to-use ideas about wound care especially and I did. Surprisingly though, I ended up attending most of the biomechanics sessions and bragging to friends about everything that I had learned. You see, I am no biomechanical guru. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The subject usually gives me psychological hives although I have long advocated the importance of biomechanics. Read More.

Cheering On The Champions Of Limb Salvage

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/10/10 | 3426 reads | 0 comments
Podiatry Today’s recent poll showed that not all of our colleagues are happy with their career choice (see Among those are several podiatrists, who are now nearing retirement and were not fortunate enough to have gotten residency programs years ago. They have not been able to practice to the fullest extent of their potential and they feel that they were cheated out of what they could have done. Read More.

Are We Giving Away Our Unique Skills In Biomechanics In The CPME 320 Rewrite?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
7/1/10 | 2685 reads | 3 comments
Almost every surgeon is able to say a patient’s surgery looks good on the table and on the X-ray film. Then there are those podiatric surgeons who are exceptionally skilled. These surgeons have bragging rights six months after the day of surgery. Read More.

Flip-Flops Versus Sandals: Does It Make A Difference For Patients With Diabetes?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/8/10 | 4230 reads | 1 comments
Your patients cannot open a newspaper or magazine without reading about the dangers of wearing flip-flops. With summer upon us, the lure of “open air” shoe gear is appealing to many. Of course, as podiatric physicians, we also emphasize the dangers of these shoes, especially for our patients with diabetes who are at risk for road debris and foreign objects to be swept up under their feet between the surface of the sandal and the soles of their feet. Read More.

Are You Doing Your Part To Make Vision 2015 A Reality?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/30/10 | 4061 reads | 0 comments
Did you meet the deadline for your Vision 2015 assignment? You had better check to make sure because you are on the line for getting this done. What? You thought this was an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) deal? Well, most of us did but at the APMA House of Delegates meeting, it became imminently clear that the APMA alone can not accomplish this paradigm shift. It will take everyone — from the executive director to the last student admitted to a podiatry college — to accomplish parity with our allopathic colleagues. Read More.

Emphasizing The Urgent Necessity Of Collaboration Between Podiatrists And Vascular Surgeons

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/9/10 | 3264 reads | 1 comments
I recently attended the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) House of Delegates in Washington, D.C. Sitting in the audience of about 1,000 people, I listened to the speeches of one guest of honor after another from other medical professions. The usual lines went something like this: “So glad to be invited to address your organization … we have so much in common … yadda yadda yadda.” Read More.

Will CPME 320 Changes Jeopardize Dr. Jolly’s ‘Foot Function’ Goals For Surgical Outcomes?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
3/1/10 | 2894 reads | 1 comments
If you have been involved in a really good grand rounds, you know what it means to prepare well for a surgery, a care plan or a discharge. As a first-year resident in Connecticut a long time ago, I remember facing Gary Jolly, DPM, and proposing a surgical procedure for one of his patients. I gave him a typical “NLDOCAT” breakdown of the patient’s problem. After describing the nature, location, duration, onset, course, aggravation and treatment for the patient, I was proud of my presentation to this brilliant surgeon. Read More.