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ACFAOM collaborating with AAPPM on preceptorships for graduates
A great deal of effort is being made to open up residency slots to combat the current crisis in matching DPM graduates with CPME approved residency training programs, and ACFAOM has been providing some financial support to the AACPM's National Residency Genesis Project for the past two years. Recently, ACFAOM began doing more to address the immediate needs of the approximately 100 graduates who are not yet able to obtain a residency this year.

ACFAOM is joining forces with AAPPM to try to open up more one-year preceptorships in private practice by asking each ACFAOM member to consider bringing one of these graduates into your practice and to act as a preceptor for one year. The AAPPM office is coordinating the introduction of graduates to DPMs who are willing to help this graduating class. Through these efforts we hope to provide non-matching graduates with the opportunity to build their clinical skills and prepare them for a residency position the following year.

If you are interested in participating in the AAPPM/ACFAOM program as a preceptor, contact Ms. Shawna Wyatt-Langley, the AAPPM coordinator of this program, at 732-740-9294 or If you need additional information, please go to
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Meet Gabriel Halperin, DPM — today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Gabriel Halperin will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Halperin is a wound care expert, CAC representative for California and currently practices at the New Hope Podiatry Group in Los Angeles. Register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future.
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'Network of networks' will bolster clinical registries
American Medical News
Organized medicine expects that a new initiative to create a national, patient-centered data infrastructure will not just expand upon and share patient data, but also benefit clinical registries that feed comparative effectiveness research.
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When patients ask about barefoot running and minimalist shoes
Podiatry Today
In an intriguing roundtable discussion, these accomplished sports medicine podiatrists (including a couple of longtime runners) discuss various issues related to barefoot running and minimalist footwear. Does barefoot running have a role in the training regimen of elite athletes? What do you say to non-elite athletes or beginning runners who want to try minimalist shoes? How critical is a gradual transition to minimalist shoes? Is there sufficient research to validate the hype or do common injuries like metatarsal fractures suggest otherwise?
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Marc Benioff, Mark Zuckerberg and healthcare movers gather at UC San Francisco summit
Call it a healthcare brain trust. About 175 leaders and innovators in healthcare and medical research spent the better part of two days at UC San Francisco, drumming up concrete ideas on how to improve the use of data and technology to deliver more precise medical care. Among the attendees: Margaret Hamburg, the head of the Food and Drug Administration; and Francis Collins, leader of the National Institutes of Health.
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Keys to managing severe onychomycosis
Podiatry Today
Onychomycosis is a common infection that is increasing in incidence. The clinical types of onychomycosis have been updated to better categorize the wide variety of clinical presentations. Hay and Baran categorized the clinical growth patterns of onychomycosis as distal lateral subungual onychomycosis, white superficial onychomycosis, proximal subungual onychomycosis, endonyx onychomycosis and candidal onychomycosis. Patients may have a combination of these subtypes simultaneously.
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  Protect Your Practice with PICA

For over 30 years, PICA has been protecting and supporting podiatric physicians and the podiatric profession. We are more than just malpractice insurance. Endorsed by ACFAOM, we offer a variety of risk management tools, outstanding customer service, expert claims handling and access to other insurance products.

4 types of physicians who are financially self-destructive
Pysicians Practice
One of the most dangerous things in the world to itself is a physician with an Internet connection. Doctors of all types have displayed extraordinary intellect and focus in their academic and professional achievements. But just as Medline can educate a person, reading it does not make them a qualified doctor. It's difficult, if not impossible, for any amount of self-study to replace the experience and guidance of specialized professionals.
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Still practicing at 80, Harry Truman's podiatrist has a foothold on history
The Kansas City Star
Don't get Robert Shemwell wrong. Harry and Bess Truman were wonderful people. But when they got up there in age, they did occasionally neglect to inform their Secret Service agents that their podiatrist was coming over to treat their feet. That's just one of the memories Shemwell has of his famous former patients. Yes, 41 years after President Truman died in 1972, his podiatrist is still alive in Excelsior Springs, Mo., and, at age 80, still performing surgery.
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Ready Patient One: Exer-gaming for rehabilitation
Lower Extremity Review
Video games and health improvements typically do not go hand in hand. Most games require just mental focus and a pair of opposable thumbs, and results are usually limited to entertainment and satisfaction. Recently, however, lower extremity researchers have been finding ways to use active video gaming, or "exer-gaming," as a method of treatment and therapy for a variety of patients.
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Preliminary evidence that low-ankle brachial index is associated with reduced bilateral hip extensor strength and functional mobility in peripheral arterial disease
Society for Vascular Surgery
Peripheral arterial disease has been associated with skeletal muscle pathology, including atrophy of the affected muscles. In addition, oxidative metabolism is impaired, muscle function is reduced, and gait and mobility are restricted.
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