There has been enough division in this profession historically. ACFAS has been the surgical arm of the profession for a long time and is well established in that role. Now is not the time to try to divide us even further by trying to establish a new surgical arm. Especially over something as trivial as having a choice to belong to the APMA. Anyone from the outside looking in would see us as a bunch of snivleing immature children who can't get along. Not a very prfessional image. Imagine the AMA tring to start a "new" AAOS because the AAOS did not mandate that their members also be memebers of the AMA. Sounds kind of silly does it not?
Why establish another organization?, just because APMA wants monopoly on everything....
Most ACFAS members continue to be APMA members, this will only divide the profession even further.
ENOUGH OF THE CLUBS. DOES NOT MAKE ANYONE A BETTER DOCTOR. JUST GOOD FOR EGOS FOR THOSE WHO LACK TRUE SKILL. HAVE NEVER HEARD OF M.D. JOINING ANYMORE THAN NEEDED. SCHOOLING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION AND ACTUAL MEDICAL PRACTICE SHOULD COUNT. NOT HOW MANY MEMBERSHIPS YOU BELONG TO. WHEN WAS LAST TIME ANY OF THESE EXCEPT APMA DID SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY MAKE PODIATRY ANY BETTER. KEEP SIGNING UP IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD BUT ONE DAY IT COMES DOWN TO SKILL NOT MEMBERSHIPS.
Hmmmm.....Another society to foster scientific advancement and education that MANDATES its members belong to a political organization with which I disagree.
Sounds like ACFAS all over again.
Sorry, but I think this is one of the stupidest ideas in a long time.
The APMA should have made peace with ACFAS.
I cannot afford and do not want to belong to another organization.
This will just split us up more and it is not the function of the APMA to do this.
Bill Hineser, DPM
I have received notice from the ASPS that my membership has been accepted and I would receive my certificate "shortly", but that was over one month ago.
Unfortunately, the ASPS is not very responsive when it comes to answering emails. To date, they have never replied to any of my emails or inquiries, despite "accepting" my membership.
Wondering how we can still get the Foot and Ankle Surgery Journals when not a member of ACFAS anymore.
APMA preaches "one voice" while their "Leaders" bounce around meetings with Unity buttons on their lapels, yet they start a new society just to spite ACFAS. Does this really promote unity within the profession? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has been the leader in foot and ankle surgical education for 67 years. Does the APMA really think they will re-invent that wheel overnight? What APMA should have done was accept the invitation from ACFAS to work this out for the good of the profession. I will stick with ACFAS...the proven organization!
I'm really very preplexed with the responses regarding the actions of the ACFAS. Nothing has changed within the APMA. ACFAS has opted to no longer comply with the requirements of being an affiliate organization, and therefore is no longer an affiliate organization of the APMA. ACFAS is now free to operate as it sees fit. Should ACFAS decide that the benefits of being an APMA affiliate member are really worth having, then ACFAS should make an attempt to undo what they have done.
The only other option is to amend the by-laws of the APMA. Any APMA member can obtain a copy of the these by-laws to see what a by-laws change would entail.
Does anyone really thinks that the APMA should suspend their by-laws in order to accommodate the actions of ACFAS?
John M. Wray, DPM
Illinois Delegate to the APMA HOD
I dropped my ACFAS membership and joined the ASPS to show my support for the APMA and our profession. When my state society does things in the best interest of podiatry, everyone (including non dues paying podiatrists) in the state benefits. The same is true at the national level. If we have a greater % of membership at the state and national levels, everyone will benefit. If you don't agree with your society, then get involved.
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