The 96th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC. Several special guests were on hand to address the assembled delegates:
John W. Becher, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) commended APMA for having great leadership. “The dynamic times we’re living in have brought extraordinary changes and exciting innovations in health-care delivery,” he said, emphasizing that heath care is a team effort and that AOA appreciates APMA’s efforts as colleagues in patient care. “We serve together to make a difference in the lives we care for every day.”
R. Clement Darling III, MD, vice president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, addressed the house on SVS’s mission to promote vascular health by advancing the science and practice of vascular disease management. He spoke about the diabetes epidemic, underscoring that SVS and APMA must continue to work closely together to prevent diabetes complications.
Debra Delves, chair-elect of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) of the United Kingdom, emphasized how the society values the relationship between APMA and SCP. “We value the links our organizations have and how much we have in common.” SCP is about to embark on a student recruitment public relations campaign to draw the best and brightest young people to apply to be podiatrists.
On Sunday, the House of Delegates welcomed other special guests:
Andrew W. Gurman, MD, president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), updated the HOD on the state of AMA. “With health-care changes coming, there are increasing demands on doctors and patients,” Dr. Gurman said. “We know doctors in specialties are bogged down with unnecessary red tape so we have launched https://breaktheredtape.org to help physicians voice their concerns to improve regulatory policy in Washington.”
Joseph Stern, DPM, president of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), updated the house through video conference on the activities of CPMA. He expressed his thanks to APMA for its friendship. “Your podiatric medical colleges have helped advance podiatry in Canada. The border has not affected our ability to work together." Dr. Stern invited APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM, to the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) World Congress in Montreal May 26–28.
Carine Haemels, president of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP), discussed the advantages of FIP membership and her year as president. “One of my biggest goals as president was communication. I maintained contact with the board and members using video calls [and] messaging, which allowed me to understand their concerns.”