DPM Blogs

Advanced Therapies For The Diabetic Foot: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3016 reads | 2 comments
In a recent issue of Diabetes Care, Kahn and Anderson examine the issue of diabetes care as a model for healthcare reform.1 The authors point out that the prevention of diabetes and the prevention of complications associated with diabetes are seldom cost-saving. This is contrary to many arguments that suggest preventive care is ultimately cost-effective and reduces expenses associated with the management of diabetes. Read More.

Hosting A Foreign Medical Doctor For Educational Purposes

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3641 reads | 2 comments
In addition to going on a medical mission trip, another excellent way to share your knowledge and experience is to host a foreign medical doctor for an educational rotation. Due to state and national regulations, this usually means an observational experience but if you do this in an interactive manner, it can provide an outstanding training opportunity. I recently had the pleasure of hosting Francel Alexis, MD, for two weeks. For this blog, I asked him to reflect on the six weeks he spent in the United States on his two different rotations. Here are his thoughts. Read More.

Kudos To JAPMA

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3758 reads | 0 comments
In case you have not had a chance to read it yet, the May/June 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) is among the best ever in terms of content for the fan of lower extremity biomechanics. Hats off to Warren Joseph, DPM, who has driven this journal to a level of excellence, which is admired around the world. One only has to look at the diverse contributions from international researchers to appreciate that JAPMA is now a stage for publishing landmark articles relevant to all aspects of podiatric medicine. Read More.

Raising Questions About The Treatment Of MRSA In Hospitals

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/16/09 | 2608 reads | 0 comments
I am fascinated at the current nationwide trend we see in our hospitals toward precautions for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Much of this trend in the United States has been sparked by last year's “present on admission” criteria from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that limited reimbursement for the increased complexity of treating these patients if the infection was not “present on admission.” Read More.

Why We Need To Take A Closer Look At The Roles Of ‘Wound Care Specialists’

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
6/16/09 | 4904 reads | 3 comments
Currently, there are a number of people on the health care team touting themselves as wound care specialists. For those of you who may not know, the term “wound care specialist” does not imply a physician, a physician’s assistant or even a member of the nursing staff for that matter. Scores of people who might otherwise be considered “volunteer staff” or “nursing assistants” are now being sent for an abbreviated course in wound care products and, after taking this course, are subsequently referred to as “wound care specialists.” Read More.

Reflecting On The Progress Of Podiatric Residency Programs

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
6/15/09 | 3016 reads | 0 comments
As I was preparing for this week’s graduation ceremonies, I started to reflect on how far podiatric medical education has come. In recent years, graduates of our podiatric residency program have been included with all of our health system’s residency graduates in a celebratory lavish graduation dinner/dance at a local cultural institution. It was barely a decade ago that the podiatric resident graduation was held separately without support from the hospital and the extent of the festivities was dependent upon the generosity of the podiatric attending physicians Read More.

An Update On The Scope Of Practice Battle In South Carolina

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
6/5/09 | 4140 reads | 0 comments
Podiatrists from South Carolina are once again trying to change our practice act to include the ankle and lower extremity amputations. As I noted in the previous blog (see “A Closer Look At Scope Of Practice Battles In South Carolina” www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/a-closer-look-at-scope-of-practice-battles-in-south-carolina), we presented our bill to the 3M subcommittee on April 29th. Read More.

Should We Biopsy Everything?

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/2/09 | 4655 reads | 1 comments
Tissue biopsy is underutilized in our profession. Can you think of a reason not to biopsy tissue? Are we that concerned about saving health care dollars? Read More.

Pilates: A New Referral Consideration?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/1/09 | 2836 reads | 2 comments
Lately, I have heard about Pilates quite a bit and have noticed that it is even drawing attention on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed with several dozen references within the past couple of years. It has gone from being an unusual offering at strip malls to being featured in leading medical journals. This is quite a leap in a very short period of time. That march forward is being led by some of the leaders in our own profession. One of those at the forefront is Sheryl Strich, DPM, who is the President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Read More.