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American Association of Women Podiatrists Newsletter

President's Message
Treasurer's Report
Raffle Ticket Winner
2013 Spa Conference
Scholarship Winners
The Emotional Impact of Caregiving
2014 Spa Conference
New Benefits of Membersip
A Word from our Sponsors
Student Chapter News


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Summer/Fall 2013 

AAWP SPA Conference 2014

AAWP Scientific Conference 2014
October 17-19, 2014
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
San Diego, CA

to learn more about the next conference!!

President's Message

The AAWP Spa Conference in Miami was a huge success! Conference Chair, Aparna Duggirala, did an amazing job of bringing together every last detail.  Members who had attended many previous AAWP conferences remarked on how well planned each meal and event was, as well as the overall flow of the meeting.  Scientific Chair, Kathy Satterfield, put together such a wonderful program of lecturers keeping attendees engaged and in the lecture room even with the relaxing spa and other wonders of Miami so close by.  Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Alison Garten’s hard work made this conference financially possible.

Plans for the 2014 conference are already under way.  The next AAWP Scientific Conference will take place at Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego, California, October 17-19, 2014.  With such positive feedback from the 2013 conference, members of the AAWP Board were inspired to jump right back into planning.  Of course, the amount of work that goes into making this conference happen is overwhelming, and was the reason for a long gap since the 2005 meeting. 

  Erika Schwartz, DPM

Members are encouraged to get involved.  If you’d like to help with conference planning, please contact 2014 Conference Chair, Elizabeth Bass.  If you have a potential sponsor for the organization or breakfast at the conference, please contact 2014 Sponsorship Chair, Alison Garten.  And if you’d like to lecture at the conference, please contact (me) 2014 Scientific Chair, Erika Schwartz.  While this is of course an amazing opportunity for bringing our members together, it is also a needed venue for women who otherwise may not find a platform for the information they have to share.  It could be that first time of lecturing that leads to a path of many more.   

Erika Schwartz, DPM
AAWP President

Treasurer's Report

As of July 1 -
Checking accounts:  $31,490.22
Money markets:          $34,527
We are currently still getting in dues.

Treasurer, American Association for Women Podiatrists

Raffle Ticket Winner

We are pleased to announce and congratulate
the winner of the raffle at the National APMA meeting:
Wendy H. Wu, DPM from Monterey Park, CA

She is the lucky winner of free conference registration
at the 2014 AAWP Conference in San Diego, CA in October 2014!
Can’t wait to see you there!!!

2013 Spa Conference

2013 Conference Experience

After a long hiatus, the AAWP Scientific Conference took place April 26-28, 2013 in Coral Gables Florida.  We had a great attendance of former attendees of the conference as well as new ones.  The conference consisted of not only nationally known speakers but also workshops, a poolside welcome reception, and Presidents luncheon with the beautiful world renowned Biltmore golf course as the back drop.   The exhibit hall represented an array of vendors such as PICA, BAKO, New Balance, Dr. Comfort, Pedinol, Osteomed, Keryflex, Gordon Labs, Dr. Jill’s and Blue Orchid.   The generous contributions from educational grants afforded us to have well versed speakers.  These educational grants were provided by PICA, BAKO, OSNovations Systems, Dr. Comfort, Dr. Jill’s, Gordon Labs, Dermasciences, Green Medical, Cook Medical, Organogenesis, SOLO and Hygenic.  

  Aparna Duggirala, DPM

On Friday, April 26, the conference started with a team approach to peripheral arterial disease with lectures from Dr. George Adams and Dr. Elizabeth Bass.  Then the morning session lead into a workshop on padding and ended with a lunch lecture sponsored by New Balance that gave the attendees an opportunity to ask question in a group setting.  The afternoon session concluded with a PICA risk management lecture that allowed PICA malpractice attendees a 10% discount on their insurance.  The day ended with a poolside welcome reception where the conference attendees as well as vendors were able mingle. 

The following day, nationally renowned lectures such as Dr. Bryan Markinson, Dr. Lawrence Harkless and Dr. Karen Langone took center stage along with others.  Attendees also had the opportunity for a workshop on shoe fitting by Jenny Wong, CPed from New Balance.  The highlight of the conference was the Presidents luncheon.  It gave the attendees an opportunity to be introduced to past presidents who spoke of their experiences and their vision for AAWP.  It also was the forum for the AAWP annual meeting and the election of the new officers. 

The final day, consisted of not only thought provoking but also emotional lectures from Dr. Laura Newman, Dr. Jaclyn Marino and Dr. Mary O’Shaughnessy.  In addition, it was an opportunity for the attendees to hear about current research in Autism and about ancillary services that can be provided in their offices.  Offering up to 15 CECH, the 2013 AAWP Scientific conference was a great success.  Preparations for the 2014 conference are already underway, which will take place in San Diego on October 17-19. So mark your calendars for another successful conference.  

AAWP Elected Officers

At the 2013 Scientific Conference, the board members were elected during the President’s Luncheon and our annual meeting. 

President: Erika Schwartz, DPM            
Treasurer: Karen Langone, DPM
Co-Vice Presidents: Aparna Duggirala, DPM, Alison Garten, DPM
Secretary:  Elizabeth Bass, DPM
Past-President:  Sheryl Strich, DPM

Photos from 2013 AAWP Scientific Conference

2013 AAWP Scientific Conferenc

Scholarship Winners

AAWP is pleased to award Founders Scholarships of $500 to the following students.  All recipients must be third years students and maintain a GPA greater than 3.0.

Jacqueline Chen: Jacqueline has been an active AAWP student chapter member since her freshman year at TUSPM. The chapter has conducted many successful meetings on practice management and organized "Dress for Success" events. She is the President of TUSPM Sports Medicine Club and is also involved in many other community service organizations. 

Kayla Emter: Kayla is the current President of the AAWP Student Chapter and has also served as Secretary of the club at DMU. The community service events she has organized in her capacity with AAWP are too numerous to mention, but include "Dress for Success", providing childcare at a women's shelter, a prom dress drive, Juvenile Diabetes Walk team participation, senior health fair participation and several events at a Ronald McDonald House.

Tarin Krzywosinski: Tarin is the current President of the AAWP Student Chapter at Scholl College of RFU. In this capacity, she organized fundraisers and reached across to other student organizations to co-host educational and practice management events with students of AAPPM.

Ashley Mastrangelo: Ashley is the current President of the AAWP Student Chapter at TUSPM and has held that position for the past two years. She has been instrumental in re-establishing the chapter. In this capacity, she has re-established regular meetings of the chapter and conducted academic and social events for students and faculty, and also  "Dress for Success" events.

The Emotional Impact of Caregiving

As the podiatry profession knows all too well, diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that can lead to debilitating physical complications such as diabetic foot ulcers.  Foot ulcers frequently leave a patient disabled, taking months or even years to heal completely.  The burden of this condition on an individual’s life is immeasurable.  However, the family members who take on the additional caregiving responsibilities often suffer in silence.  A “family caregiver” is an individual who assists an immediate family member in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability by providing in-home care. This care includes activities of daily living, nursing care, assistance with ambulation, wound care, and even daily supervision.  Caregiving is a necessity for the patient, but can be burdensome for a family member with a newly expanded role that adds to their already hectic schedule of work, children, bills, and their own personal responsibilities. 

  Jaclyn B. Marino, DPM

Currently, there are about 66 million caregivers in the United States spending $450 billion dollars out of pocket to provide this care.  A recent study by the Pew Research Center finds that the portion of adults who serve as caregivers jumped from 30% in 2010 to 39% in 2012.  As the baby boom generation continues to age, this number will only increase.  These unpaid family members must add the chores of taking care of another person’s increased medical needs, changing of often malodorous bandages, diet control, transportation and ambulation assistance, medication regimens, monitoring blood sugar and nutrition of the patient, aseptic wound care maintenance, doctor visit compliance, all while maintaining an intimate family bond.

Evidence-based knowledge of the emotional impact of caregiving is limited and public health implications have been wholly ignored.  However, new research has finally explored the quality of life issues for this devoted group.  The research finds that caregivers experience a range of emotions including: anger, loneliness, frustration, and even exhaustion.  They express feelings of fear, loss of control, isolation, but also hopeful and loving feelings towards their family member.  Physical barriers such as transportation, meal preparation, household chores, bathing and dressing are also highlighted. 

Caregiving adds pressure to the family unit and has negative repercussions such as depression, anxiety, isolation, and reduction in the family’s financial resources.  Many people in this invisible workforce are struggling, and will continue to struggle, to balance family life and treatment care regimens.   Caregivers should understand that they are not alone in the daily struggle and there is no perfect way to provide care to a loved one.  It is a process of evolvement, tailoring care for a loved one over time in a way that works for both the patient and caregiver.  Family members should develop an open relationship with the treating physician, sharing information and treatment strategies that fit the needs of the patient and caregiver simultaneously.  This relationship should be cultivated by the medical community as well.  Supporting the caregivers is the best strategy for continuity of care between patient office visits and is ultimately in support of the patient.  The best recommendation for family caregivers is to seek social support from other people in similar life situations and to take care of their own personal needs first.  Similarly to the oxygen mask on a plane, a caregiver must put theirs on first before they can help another. 

2014 Spa Conference

2014 Spa Conference

2014 Spa Conference

2014 Spa Conference

New Benefits of Membersip


Michael Shore, Director of Medical Education and Founding Member PRESENT e-Learning Systems  is delighted to offer the AAWP members a discounted rate of $99 to attend Superbones West and Desert Foot.

In order for you to take advantage and register for this wonderful opportunity,  see the following codes and information below....

The codes will be as follows:

  1. Superbones West go to and click on the Register button on the top right-hand side of the page. Click on Attendee and then after putting in the person’s email address, insert SBW99 in the ID/RegCode box and hit Continue. It will then walk you through the rest of the Registration process including the hotel reservation block (if needed).
  2. Desert Foot go to and click on the Register button on the top right-hand side of the page. Insert email address and insert DF99 in the ID Code. Then select DPM hit Continue. It will then walk you through the rest of the Registration process including the hotel reservation block (if needed).

Podiatric Career Connections

Dr. Hal Ornstein, Chairman of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) and proud AAWP member, has graciously offered AAWP members the opportunity to join the organization with a $50 discount. 

He has also offered $50 off registration for the AAPPM Boot Camp, a Two Day Coding and Billing Meeting and New Practitioners Meeting (all held together). 
View the meeting brochure (PDF).

Podiatry is positioned to GROW AND THRIVE!  Are you?  Join us for the West Coast Workshop at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seattle, WA on June 13-14 to make sure you GROW AND THRIVE!

Be sure to mark your calendar for these other events to help you GROW AND THRIVE throughout 2013:

November 7-10                                                 
Fall Conference                                                 
Lago Mar Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

December 6-7
California Dreaming Workshop
Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica, CA

A Word From Our Sponsors

Bako Pathology Services

Student Chapter News

The Residency Shortage: A Student’s Perspective

By: Tarin Krzywosinski, AAWP President
Scholl College Student Chapter
Class of 2015

As a student, I feel all I have heard about since “Match Day” is the residency shortage. From the moment the fourth years opened their letters, it seemed as though I discovered more and more students did not get a residency spot. Some of the students did match successfully in subsequent days, however there was still a number of students who did not match. While the shock of the situation rang through the fourth year class, the first, second, and third years were trying to wrap their heads around what was happening. All we could do was ask questions. How many spots will be available when it’s our turn to match? What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of matching? What would we do if we didn’t get a spot? It seems like it is every student’s worst fear. All of us knew there was a problem but we weren’t expecting it to be to this extent so soon. As a student, this situation is both frightening and frustrating.

  Tarin Krzywosinski, AAWP President

The shortage seems to be a cycle that repeats over the course of time; residency programs create more residency spots, and the number of students the schools are allowed to accept increases in return. Students want to know what the profession can do to break the cycle and when the shortage will be resolved. According to AACPM, the number of unmatched students as of 7/26/13 was 80 total applicants. While 80 unmatched applicants seems like a large number, the reality of the situation is there was an 86% overall match rate this year, with 540 students out of the 631 residency applicants obtaining a residency position. The problem is these unmatched students have nowhere to go, nothing to do, and only have a six month grace period before they have to start making payments on their student loans.

A major concern is what options does podiatry have to offer the unmatched students after graduation? They spend a year waiting for the next application round to hopefully be offered a residency program the second time around. As the number of unmatched students increases, the total number of applicants added to the 2014 applicant pool increases and the problem worsens.

With the applicant pool rapidly increasing and the number of residency positions growing slowly, the entire process becomes more competitive. As a third year student, I am very concerned about what is being done to resolve the shortage. With the current situation, it is apparent the problem will not be fixed within the next year. The “match” will be a constant worry for not only the class of 2014, but also for the class of 2015. Students are the future of podiatry. Not being able to provide them with an adequate training program after they graduate podiatry school makes the last four years of hard work seem like wasted effort.

According to AACPM, nine new programs submitted applications for sponsorships to the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and 25 programs are in the process of filling out the paperwork since July.  AACPM admits that the process of approving new programs is difficult and time-consuming, and that many institutions have yet to understand the benefits of a podiatric medical education. With the approval process being so slow and the applicant pool increasing, we as students, wonder if the current plan will be sufficient enough to address the shortage and how can we prevent this from happening in the future?


As you know, I frequently ask you to contribute to the APMAPAC each year. Some of you have already contributed this year (THANK YOU!!), but most of you have not. I wanted to make sure that you understand what APMAPAC is and why giving is crucial for you as a podiatrist and for your profession.

What is APMAPAC?

The APMA Political Action Committee (APMAPAC) is a nonprofit, bipartisan fundraising committee through which podiatrists support federal candidates who champion our issues before the US Congress.

APMAPAC neither determines the issues to be addressed on behalf of the profession, nor lobbies Congress on those issues. That is the role of APMA's Legislative Committee, Board of Trustees, and Legislative Advocacy Department. APMAPAC's role is to support candidates seeking Congressional office in the US House and Senate.

Who Receives APMAPAC Support?

Funds collected by APMAPAC are in turn contributed to Congressional candidates who are selected without regard to political party. Only candidates seeking a seat in the US House or Senate may be recipients of APMAPAC's funds. Candidate support is based on:

1. A candidate's position on issues
2. A candidate's congressional committee appointment
3. APMA member/state component endorsement

When determining who the APMAPAC will support, the following questions are considered. Does the incumbent candidate support podiatric medicine's issues? Is he or she accessible to APMA members and lobbyists? If a candidate is a non-incumbent, was he or she supportive in the state or local governing structure? As an incumbent, does the candidate serve on a committee that has jurisdiction over federal health policy? And for both incumbents and non-incumbents, does the candidate have the backing of APMA members and/or the state component?

Why is Giving to APMAPAC Important?

Contributions given collectively have a strong impact and send a strong message. While individual contributions to a candidate are also encouraged, giving through a unified political action committee has great power. Because of the efforts of APMAPAC and its parent organization, APMA, the profession has gained a national presence as a political force in Washington, DC.

Over the past several years, APMA has had many legislative successes and has been able to achieve these because of the support and participation of our members. APMA’s federal education and lobbying efforts have resulted in several significant legislative victories for the profession, including eligibility to opt out of Medicare; exemption from Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) accreditation requirements; exemption from DMEPOS surety bond requirements; inclusion in incentives for adopting health information technology (HIT); eligibility for e‐prescribing bonuses; eligibility for bonuses related to reporting Medicare quality measures (Physician Quality Reporting Initiative); and inclusion and safeguarding of a provider non‐discrimination provision in health-reform legislation.

How to Give to APMAPAC?

Please make a meaningful contribution today.
You can go to to make the contribution on line or call 877-451-1698.

PURPOSE: The American Podiatric Medical Association Political Action Committees purpose is to raise and disburse funds to candidates for Federal office that support the legislative priorities and goals of the podiatric medical profession.

DISCLAIMER: All amounts are suggestions only. You may contribute or not contribute without any expectation of favor or fear of reprisal. The Federal Election Campaign Act requires that PACs collect all employer and address information for contributions of more than $200. All contributions to the APMAPAC must be from personal funds. Federal election law does not permit corporate contributions to be used for donation to candidates for federal office. Political contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes.

Marlene Reid, DPM
APMAPAC Board of Directors
Past President, AAWP

AAWP Scientific Conference - October 17-19, 2014

We hope that you enjoyed our Summer/Fall newsletter and will consider attending the AAWP SPA Conference in October 2014!!

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If you would like to help the AAWP board prepare for the conference please contact any of the board members!

Elizabeth G. Bass, DPM, FACFAS

Elizabeth G. Bass, DPM, FACFAS
American Association of Women Podiatrists

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