Get ready to explore new frontiers with APMA in 2021! The Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) is coming to Denver, July 29–August 1. The must-attend meeting for every podiatrist will offer attendees up to 29.5 CECH with a diverse educational program touching on all aspects of foot and ankle surgery and medicine.
At this point in time APMA is closely monitoring the COVID public health crisis and preparing for multiple scenarios. We hope to see our attendees in person for four days of learning and networking. However, given the uncertainty of the situation and recognizing the need to accommodate everyone’s personal level of comfort, we are planning a hybrid event that will allow virtual attendees to concurrently stream the event.
Check out the preliminary program, and watch your APMA publications for more information. Registration for The National is now open.
APMA is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. APMA has approved this activity for a maximum of 29.5 continuing education contact hours (CECH).
Though the COVID public health crisis prevented us from hosting The National 2020 in Boston, it allowed us to introduce several new virtual learning opportunities for our members. Find out more about previous offerings and future opportunities.Check it out
The National 2021 is offering both in-person and virtual options, and all attendees will experience the same high-quality educational program concurrently.* Additionally, both groups will interact with presenters through the APMA Meetings app.
*On Saturday evening, in-person attendees ONLY will attend a screening of the groundbreaking documentary "Do No Harm," followed by a panel discussion. Virtual attendees will be provided with access to 2.0 CECH of on-demand wellness education so both groups will be able to earn a maximum of 29.5 CECH.
In response to attendee feedback, The National has streamlined the DPM educational program and is running two concurrent tracks (rather than the traditional three). No foot and ankle topics have been removed; they have simply been integrated into other tracks. Throughout the program, Track 1 covers medical topics and Track 2 covers surgical topics, including the Thursday and Friday breakfast symposia. Also, speakers from APMA-affiliated organizations are now part of the general session tracks. APMA welcomes your feedback as The National—the must-attend meeting for every foot and ankle physician and surgeon—evolves to meet the changing needs of the podiatric community.
Natalie Stavas, MD, is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital with a special focus on preventing childhood violence. During her presentation, “Running Toward Chaos,” she will discuss her experiences and personal philosophy, and how they have shaped her life and career.
On April 15, 2013, Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston Marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran toward them. Arriving at the scene, she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets, and triaging the wounded. After the bombings, Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence. This advocacy goes beyond borders; traveling to Haiti throughout the year, Dr. Stavas provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure.
The National provides attendees with additional opportunities for in-depth learning through hands-on training. Reserve your spot when you complete your registration.
Friday, July 30
8 a.m.–12 p.m.
$249, limited to 20 attendees
Dermoscopy and Biopsy Workshop
Friday, July 30
$249, limited to 20 attendees
Ankle Arthroscopy Workshop
Saturday, July 31
$349, limited to 16 attendees
These optional events are made possible at no charge, thanks to the corporate sponsors noted below. Select a maximum of one lunch per day. Space is limited, so register early for these popular events. Note: Thursday’s lunch symposia are the only APMA-provided lunches on that day. On Friday and Saturday, lunch will also be available in the exhibit hall (separate registration not required). Due to Sunshine Act regulations non-CECH meals are only available to meeting registrants; guests may not attend.
Thursday, July 29
Ortho Dermatologics Lunch Symposium
Horizon Therapeutics USA, Inc. Lunch Symposium
Organogenesis Lunch Symposium
TBD Lunch Symposium
TBD Dinner Symposium
Friday, July 24
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies Lunch Symposium
Bako Diagnostics Lunch Symposium
Saturday, July 25
TBD Lunch Symposium
New in 2021: Innovation Cafés!
Join your colleagues during the Friday and Saturday morning exhibit hall scanning breaks for a sponsored talk. Rest your feet, help yourself to brunch, and learn something new. Seating and refreshments offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday, July 30
Footwear Retailing 102: The Secrets to Profitability and Efficiency
Vionic Group LLC
Join Podiatry Management for its annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 31, at 12 p.m.
Individual tickets are $75 or you may choose to purchase a table with 10 seats for $750. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to third- and fourth-year students.
You may purchase tickets when you register or by contacting Samantha Jorich.
The National will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, conveniently located just 10 minutes from Denver International Airport.
HOUSING ALERT: You should only use the information provided by APMA for your hotel arrangements. Booking through any other source may result in significant personal inconvenience and financial loss. Learn more.
Online registration for The National is now open, and you get to choose how you will participate! The fees are the same to attend either format. If you do not have an APMA.org account, you may create one on the registration site.
APMA Life Member—$299
APMA Student/Resident/Fellow Member—Complimentary
APMA Member Young Physician—$299
APMA Member Residency Director—$299
APMA Member Federal Services or Active Duty Military—$299
Podiatric Medical Assistant—$149
Join your colleagues in Denver! Be sure to choose your hands-on training and non-CECH events when you complete your registration. Note: The assistants' program will ONLY be held in-person in Denver. These sessions will not be available through the virtual platform.
Earn 29.5 CECH from the comfort of your own home. You will learn concurrently with your in-person colleagues and have access to the virtual exhibit hall. The meeting will be hosted within the APMA Online Learning Center; you will receive access information prior to the event.
Online registration is the preferred method of registration. However, you may also download a PDF registration form:
Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellations received before July 29 will receive a refund minus a $150 fee. No refunds available for no-shows or cancellations received after the start of the event. Refunds will be processed after the event.
Join APMA in our second virtual edition of the Team APMA 5K.
This year, the event celebrates 11 years of supporting the APMA Educational Foundation. Each year, thanks to the generosity of APMA members and friends, the foundation awards more than 200 scholarships to podiatric medical students, advancing the growth and stability of podiatric medicine.
Proceeds from your registration will support student financial aid through the foundation. Scholarships are awarded annually to eligible podiatric medical students in their third or fourth year at the nine accredited colleges of podiatric medicine.
More than 1,700 runners and walkers have participated in the APMA 5K Run/Walk, raising more than $166,000 since its inception. Show your support as we celebrate with the second-ever Team APMA Virtual 5K Challenge.
Early-bird registration opens March 23. You can register here: Team APMA 5K Virtual Challenge.
Thank you for your interest in presenting your research relating to the care of the foot and ankle at the APMA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National). The meeting will be held July 29–August 1 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver.
The call for abstracts is open January 8–February 15. Visit the submission site today.
If you would like to share your research expertise on a topic relevant to caring for the foot and ankle to attendees, thoroughly read the APMA Call for Abstracts Guidelines prior to completing a submission.
Abstracts will be read in a “blind” fashion. Authors' names and institutions of origin will not be identified.
Graders are podiatric physicians. Each abstract is reviewed and graded by at least three graders, and the final grade is determined by averaging the graders’ ratings.
Grades are influenced by: significance of the study; content and clarity; specific number of cases or specimen studies; clinical or research data to support the study’s conclusions; minimum follow-up of one year per patient for results describing surgical procedures; and new or modified techniques as they relate to diagnosis, surgery, complications, or other phases of podiatric medical and surgical problems.
If an abstract is selected for oral presentation, the primary author identified on the submission form will receive an invitation to participate as a member of The National faculty and the abstract will be incorporated into the educational program at the event.
If an abstract is selected for poster presentation, the primary and corresponding author will be notified by email. The poster will be displayed for the entire meeting (three days).
APMA does not provide travel reimbursement, honorarium, or per diem for poster abstract presenters. One complimentary registration will be provided to the author identified as the presenting author. More than one author is allowed to present a poster, however, only one complimentary meeting registration per abstract is offered.
All non-industry-sponsored oral and poster abstracts presented at The National will be eligible for the APMA Abstract Competition. The top three accepted abstracts in each of the categories below will be selected by a panel of judges appointed by the Annual Meeting Committee. The winners will be announced at the meeting. First-place winner will receive $500, second-place winner will receive $250, and third-place winner will receive $100. Please note that awards will be given to the primary author only.
The six categories of awards are as follows:
*The Outstanding APHA POD Section Student Poster Abstract category recognizes one poster abstract on public health or disparities. The primary author on the public health abstract must be a podiatric medical student and that student must be a member of APHA POD Section as well as a member of APMA. Only one winner will be selected to receive $250 and the Arthur E. Helfand, DPM, award.
The judges will consider the visual design and impact of the poster as well as the significance of the study, including its importance to the advancement of the practice of podiatric medicine. Other factors that the judges will evaluate include: the study’s content and clarity; specific number of cases or specimens studied; clinical or research data to support study conclusions; minimum follow-up of one year per patient for results describing surgical procedures; and new or modified techniques as they relate to diagnosis, surgery, complications, or other phases of podiatric medical and surgical problems.
The APMA Board of Trustees, abstract judges, chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, or employees/independent contractors of APMA are ineligible to participate in the APMA Abstract Competition; with the caveat that residents supervised by the above-referenced parties may participate, but the above-referenced parties may not receive any monetary award.
Check out the winners from the 2020 Abstracts Competition.
Questions? Email Education and Seal Program Manager Allison J. Fisher.