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The National

The APMA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) is the must-attend meeting for every podiatrist! Join us in Nashville, July 13–16, for four days of learning, networking, and community. Registration for The National will open in March 2023.

Online 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.

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Educational Program

Note: The information on this page is about the 2022 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Medical and Surgical Tracks

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. View the Poster Abstracts booklet (PDF).

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.

Opening Address: Mike DeGere, DPM, MBA

Thursday, July 28, 34 p.m.
The National will kick off with keynote speaker Mike DeGere, DPM, MBA. A 1999 graduate of Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. DeGere practiced podiatry in Wisconsin and Ohio for 15 years. After serving as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI, he entered full-time executive leadership in 2014. He was soon promoted to Vice President of Population Health for the SSM Health Wisconsin Region, and in 2021 became Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Froedert Health – Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, WI. His address will provide an executive’s perspective on podiatrists’ key role in medical staff leadership and improving population health.

APMA/ABPM Educators' Forum

Friday, July 29, 1:305:45 p.m.
Psychological safety and trust are two key elements required to create an enriching learning environment. The Educators’ Forum was developed by APMA and ABPM in conjunction with program directors and school faculty to help support and train others in the profession that play a direct role in training future physicians. Learn the best way to communicate and teach students, residents, and fellows with research-based methodology, helping to build trust and enrich podiatric education and training.

If you educate and train the future of our profession but are unable to attend The National, the forum will be livestreamed via the APMA Online Learning Center. Online attendees can earn 4.0 CECH for their virtual participation. The cost to attend is $49 (register for the virtual forum now). There is no charge to attend the forum for in-person attendees.

Hands-On Training

The National provides attendees with additional opportunities for in-depth learning through hands-on training. Reserve your spot when you complete your registration.

Biopsies and Plastic Techniques Workshop
Thursday, July 28
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
$249, limited to 20 attendees

Ultrasound Workshop
Friday, July 29
1:30–5:30 p.m.
$249, limited to 24 attendees

External Fixation
Saturday, July 30
1–4:30 p.m.
$349, limited to 24 attendees

ABPM Maintenance of Certification

The ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee has approved the Sports Medicine and Biomechanics track or the Imaging track at The National for MOC Cognitive Expertise Category 2 points*. Attending either track in its entirety on Friday, July 29, will complete your required two MOC Category 2 points for 2022. If you attend BOTH tracks, you will receive 4 MOC points. 

*ABPM staff will verify attendance by scanning during each track. Points will only be awarded if the Diplomate is present for the duration of the entire 2-hour track. Participation is to be reported by the Diplomate to the ABPM MOC Member Dashboard.

Non-CECH Lunch and Dinner Symposia

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 28
12–1 p.m.
Ortho Dermatologics Lunch Symposium
JUBLIA® (efinaconazole) Topical Solution, 10%, for the Treatment of Onychomycosis
Faculty TBD

Horizon Therapeutics Lunch Symposium
Understanding Uncontrolled Gout and When to Refer for Appropriate Treatment
Christopher Parker, DO

Organogenesis Lunch Symposium
Enhancing a Patient’s Treatment Protocol by Employing a Multidisciplinary Approach
Vickie R. Driver, DPM, MS, and John C. Lantis, MD

Advanced Pathology Solutions Lunch Symposium
Partners in Podiatry Pathology—Why APS?
Kevin Aufdenkamp, wound sales director, Advanced Pathology Solutions; Brooke Bisbee, DPM; and Shawn Hickey, podiatry sales director, Advanced Pathology Solutions

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Averitas Pharma Dinner Symposium
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The Red-Hot Chili Pepper
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD; Adam J. Teichman, DPM; and Akilis M. Theoharidis, DPM

Friday, July 29
12–1 p.m.
Heron Therapeutics Lunch Symposium
Enter a New World of Postoperative Pain Management
Gregory S. Anderson, DPM

Bako Diagnostics Lunch Symposium
Terbinafine Resistance: A New Consideration for Clinical Care
Darren L. Harris, MD

Saturday, July 30
12–1 p.m.
Paratek Pharmaceuticals Lunch Symposium
An Effective, Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic for the Treatment of ABSSSI in Adults
Warren S. Joseph, DPM

Innovation Cafés and Innovation After Hours

Join your colleagues during the grand opening of the exhibit hall on Thursday and during the Friday and Saturday morning exhibit hall scanning breaks for a sponsored talk. Rest your feet, help yourself to refreshments, and learn something new. Seating and refreshments offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, we also have evening sessions to provide even more opportunities to learn.

Thursday, July 28

4:30–5:00 p.m.

NextGen Healthcare
Put the Brakes on Burnout—5 Strategies to Renew Your Passion for Care
Faculty TBD

5:00–5:30 p.m.

Skin Substitute Reimbursement & MIMEDX Support Services
Terrence Mabry, MIMEDX Regional Reimbursement Director

Friday, July 29
9:45–10:15 a.m.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Reduction in the Risk of Major Thrombotic Vascular Events in Adult Patients With PAD, Including Patients After Lower Extremity Revascularization Due to Symptomatic PAD
John N. Evans, DPM

Averitas Pharma
You Bring the Feet and We’ll Bring the Heat: Learn Best Practices for Applying QUTENZA® (Capsaicin) 8% Topical System
Adam J. Teichman, DPM, and Akilis M. Theoharidis, DPM

5:45–6:45 p.m.

Extremity Medical
Topic TBD
Faculty TBD

Saturday, July 30
9:45–10:15 a.m.

Nevro Corp.
Revolutionizing the Treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy with Nevro HFX
Gurtej Singh, MD

Generational Insights in Healthcare
Sheila Dreyer Van Buskirk, vice president, Research and Insights, Synchrony Financial; and Claude Royster, vice president – general manager, CareCredit, a division of Synchrony Financial

6:00–7:30 p.m.

3C Patch® Wound Management System Dine & Demo Workshop
James McGuire, DPM

Podiatry Management Hall of Fame Luncheon

Join Podiatry Management for its annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 30, 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.

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Hotel Information

Event Location and Host Hotel

The National will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214, US
APMA rate: $232/night + taxes and fees + $25 OPTIONAL resort fee
Block cut-off date: June 5

Tax Policy

Room rates shown do not include $2.50 city tax per night, 6% hotel tax per night and 9.25% state tax per night (subject to change), parking and any applicable resort fees.  Total charges presented on the website will include all room taxes but not any applicable parking charges or resort fees.

Resort Fee

A resort fee of $25 per day, per room, will be posted to your account upon check-in including the following:

- Hotel-wide wireless high speed Internet access
- Unlimited local and long-distance calls
- Daily scheduled shuttle service to Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Mills, General Jackson Showboat & The Inn at Opryland
- Bottled water (2x daily)
- Daily Dry Cleaning credit of up to $10 per room
- Gaylord Springs Golf Links practice range balls
- Wildhorse Saloon cover charge for up to 4 guests
- Access to Fitness Center

Cancellation Policy

All reservations are charged a one night room and tax deposit after booking. If you are unable to honor your reservation with us, please cancel 72 hours prior to your arrival date or your first night's room and tax deposit will be retained.

Child Policy

Children 11 years or younger will stay free of charge in their parent's room.

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.

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Call for Abstracts at The National 2023

Call for Abstracts

View the 2022 Abstracts Booklet

Thank you for your interest in presenting your research relating to the care of the foot and ankle at the APMA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National). The meeting will be held July 13–16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. 

If you are interested in sharing your research with attendees at The National, visit and click on “Call for Abstracts” to review the rules and guidelines for submission. The online submission site for abstracts is open and all abstracts must be submitted online by February 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Grading Procedures

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.

Abstract Presentation

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. All APMA member students, residents, and fellow authors receive complimentary meeting registration.

Poster Design Guidelines

  • The abstract should be as informative as possible, including a brief statement of the purpose of the study or why it was done, the methods used, the results observed, and conclusions based on the results.
  • The poster exhibit should not be commercial in nature or promote any product overtly.
  • Trade names may be used but should be used with discretion. 
  • Clear identification that “this poster exhibit is sponsored by [company/sponsor]” should be noted.
  • Poster set-up and removal:
    • All presenting authors must check in at the Speaker/Presenting Author Registration desk before poster set-up.
    • A four-foot tall by eight-foot wide (48” tall x 96” wide) tack board will be provided at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Posters should not be larger than the provided tack boards. Presenters are required to provide their own tacks/mounting materials.
    • Handouts of the poster are encouraged and may be placed on the tables in the poster abstract area of the exhibit hall.
    • Posters must be removed immediately after the Poster Abstracts Symposium on Saturday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. APMA is not responsible for posters that are left after the conclusion of the meeting.

Abstract Competition

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 Education 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:

  • Outstanding Oral Abstract Presentation
  • Outstanding Single Case or Small Case Study/Series Poster Abstract
  • Outstanding Large Case Study/Series Poster Abstract
  • Outstanding Resident Poster Abstract
  • Outstanding Student Poster Abstract
  • Outstanding American Public Health Association (APHA) Foot and Ankle Health Section Poster Abstract*

*The Outstanding APHA Foot and Ankle Health Section Poster Abstract category recognizes one poster abstract on public health or disparities. The primary author on the public health abstract must be a member of APHA Foot and Ankle Health Section as well as a member of APMA. Only one winner will be selected to receive $250 and the Arthur E. Helfand, DPM, award.

Award Criteria

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 Education 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 2022 Abstracts Competition.

Questions? Email Allison Fisher, assistant director of Continuing Education & Programs.

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