DPM Blogs

Publish Or Perish: The Importance Of Sharing Our Knowledge

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
9/29/11 | 2901 reads | 0 comments
I attend a lot of foot and ankle specialty meetings throughout the year. I enjoy the academic stimulation and continuing to learn as well as the camaraderie with other professionals. What continues to puzzle me, however, is that we have many talented and experienced physicians who never publish or share their knowledge. Read More.

Can 3D Templating And Simulation Enhance Surgical Planning?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
9/27/11 | 3804 reads | 0 comments
We at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have long embraced the benefits of interconnectivity and open source solutions. Surgical planning and collaboration are no exception. The concept of 3D surgical “printing” (templating and simulation) in lower extremity reconstruction is not entirely commonplace. This is likely for a number of reasons. With the continual maturation of free and open source software applications as well as the ever increasing capabilities of “RepRap” technology (see http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page ), we can overcome these limitations. Read More.

A Closer Look At The Recent Literature On Infectious Diseases And Antibiotics

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
9/26/11 | 3892 reads | 0 comments
As I mentioned in a previous post, there are a number of journals I follow to stay abreast of developments in the infectious disease, microbiology and antibiotic world (see http://bit.ly/iLJb6k ). For updates on the latest in antibiotic development from pre-clinical through clinical testing, no journal beats the American Society of Microbiology’s Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (http://aac.asm.org/ ). Read More.

What A Lecture Trip To England Revealed About The Country’s National Healthcare System

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
9/22/11 | 3535 reads | 5 comments
During my recent trip to England, I participated as a faculty member at two podiatry and physiotherapy meetings. This was my third trip to the country in the past five years, giving me the opportunity to lecture and interact with colleagues. My experiences this time ran the gamut from dismay about the healthcare system in the United Kingdom to awe and respect for the level of care many of our colleagues offer in this country. Read More.

Beyond The White Coat: Seeing The ER From A Patient’s Perspective

Ryan H. Fitzgerald DPM
9/20/11 | 2276 reads | 0 comments
I recently had the opportunity to spend a long, anxiety-ridden day waiting in the emergency room in an unusual capacity: as the family member of a patient. As many of us, I spend a fair amount of time in the emergency room. However, I have learned that time spent in a professional capacity has a very different feel than time spent watching the clock, waiting for the nurse, the physician and the eventual “news.” Read More.

In Memory Of Richard O. Lundeen, DPM

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/16/11 | 4656 reads | 11 comments
On Sept. 3, 2011, podiatry lost one of its true innovators and legendary figures, Richard O. Lundeen, DPM. He was tragically hit by a car while riding a motor scooter. Although Rick had been out of podiatry for several years, his influence remains profound. Read More.

Breaking Out Of Our Comfort ‘Bubbles’

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/14/11 | 3464 reads | 0 comments
I hope to burst your bubble with this month’s epistle. Yeah, that’s right. You are living in a bubble, practicing your art within a bubble and, for that matter, you may be living your life in a bubble. If I can break your bubble, this may lead to a new bubble, which may be a little larger and even more comfortable than the one you are in right now. Read More.

Why Fellowships Are Necessary In Podiatric Foot And Ankle Surgery

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
9/12/11 | 4820 reads | 4 comments
Fellowship training is a bit controversial within podiatric surgery. Some see it as unnecessary and redundant. Others feel it marginalizes the role of residency training. I submit that both opinions are wrong and shortsighted. Let’s look outside of podiatry and review the role of fellowship training. Read More.