Inducted in March 2010 as the first female president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Kathleen M. Stone, DPM, had the weight of the profession on her shoulders. But if you ask anyone, they'd tell you that she was a natural for that office. She's a communicator, totally professional, and an established leader who has a passion for her profession. She traveled around the world spreading the word about "Today's Podiatrist," and she was an outstanding ambassador for podiatric medicine and surgery.
Education was one priority that Dr. Stone focused on during her tenure as APMA President. "I am so proud of our students. They are miles ahead of where our profession was 25 years ago, and our schools have done a wonderful job in terms of academics. It's a wild world out there," she said. "I believe that if students have the passion to succeed, and do their work well, they will be successful." Dr. Stone led the charge to make sure that podiatric medical students were educated in medicine, surgery, and practice management. "I want to make sure our students have all the tools necessary to graduate, become successful and hard-working residents, and then run thriving practices."
Dr. Stone began her medical career as a nursing major at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, she learned that nursing wasn't quite what she was looking for, but a career in some branch of medicine certainly was. She went to Detroit, Michigan, to work in the nursing field, providentially ending up at Kern Hospital. "Kern had one of the first podiatric residencies in the country, and I met and interacted with all the residents, many of whom are today very distinguished members of our podiatric family."
"My desire to enter the podiatric medical profession blossomed when I saw the satisfaction that podiatrists give their patients in terms of pain relief," she stated. "Podiatric medicine and surgery had the perfect combination of everything that I wanted in a career." Stone took her newfound career interest to the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where she graduated and earned her DPM degree in 1985.
Dr. Stone has worked her way up in the profession she loves, serving on many committees and task forces. She was the president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) in the 1990s, where she honed her political savvy and began her quest to continuously support women podiatrists. She was instrumental in the establishment of student chapters of the AAWP on all podiatric medical campuses.
"It's the gift of making patients feel better that led me into podiatric medicine and the reason I remain so devoted to my calling," she said.
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