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House of Delegates Welcomes Special Guests

March 19, 2018

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The 98th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC. A number of special guests were on hand to address the assembled delegates:

  • David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), noted that AMA has "more in common with APMA than divides us." Dr. Barbe emphasized that the "fraternity of physicians" can accomplish major achievements, such as blocking the mega merger between Anthem-Cigna, by speaking with a common voice.
  • Debra Delves, chair of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP), addressed the house with warm wishes from the United Kingdom as her tenure as chair of SCP comes to a close this year. She noted that the goals of SCP and APMA run parallel. Last year, SCP focused on diabetic foot care and the cost-effectiveness of a multidisciplinary health-care team. This year, SCP focused on vascular disease and emphasized podiatrists' in role in treating it.
  • Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, president of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) and past president of APMA, reiterated that advocacy for our profession is paramount and underscored the importance of educating those who regulate podiatry. "We offer the international experience of how podiatrists function. It’s value in public health, the betterment of many lives," he said. Dr. Garoufalis lauded APMA as a worldwide leader. He invited delegates to join FIP in celebrating international podiatry day on October 8, and asked all to mark their calendars for the World Congress on Halloween weekend 2019 in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Theodore Mazer, MD, president of the California Medical Association, updated the HOD on CMA's advocacy efforts and collaboration with other medical societies to accomplish them. "We’re all trying to get to the same ends and take care of patients. Together, we can stop draconian health-care policies and improve our own lives as well as our patients'," Dr. Mazer said.
  • James Hill, DPM, secretary of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), updated the house on the activities of CPMA and noted that we all need to protect the various paths toward podiatry degrees around the world to in turn protect our patients. "American-trained podiatry is the gold standard for podiatrists around the globe," Dr. Hill said.
  • Anton Sidawy, MD, past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, looked back on the collaboration between SVS and APMA that began in 2009 when he was SVS president. The two organizations set goals to collaborate on advocacy and public awareness and wrote a joint statement on the multidisciplinary team approach to the care of the diabetic foot, among other goals. "We’ve achieved everything we set out to in 2009," he said. Dr. Sidawy noted future opportunities for SVS and APMA to work toward, such as outreach to insurers promoting value-based, health-based, and multidisciplinary care; a summit on quality vascular team-based care; and more.
  • David Pugach, JD, senior vice president of Public Policy at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), addressed the house, noting osteopathy's strong, diverse student population and the goals of the association. "Over the past 30 years," he said, "the number of DOs in the US has more than tripled. Half are under age 45, and half of those are women," he said. "We are focused on ensuring quality education and training for students and making sure regulators and insurers don’t disrupt the doctor–patient relationship."

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