Dear APMA Members,
Our profession is justly dismayed that 104 qualified graduates were unable to match with a residency program this spring. APMA leaders share your frustration. As an attending physician and active participant in the residency program at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, I personally know how heartbreaking it is to see the youngest members of our profession struggling.
This situation is unacceptable, and APMA recently shared with you the ways in which the association and CPME are working to address the problem. I am writing to share with you how you can—and must—be part of the solution.
Let's take a look at the numbers: More than 50 positions already approved by CPME were not filled during the 2013 match because those programs, for various reasons, chose to fill fewer positions than their maximum capacity. In addition, CPME in February authorized 108 new positions at existing programs that have the capacity to expand their programs. So far, only six sponsoring institutions have accepted the authorization to create new positions. All told, that's more than 158 additional positions that could be available now!
So here is the call to action for APMA members and, in fact, every member of the profession:
For more than a century, our profession has overcome challenges by uniting in the face of adversity. Now is not the time to point fingers. Now is not the time to abandon the goals of educational parity with allopathic and osteopathic medicine. Now is the time for every member of the profession to redouble his or her commitment to the future of podiatric medicine.
Please join me and do what you can to help eliminate our residency shortage.
Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM