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AAWP Newsletter Winter 2015  


President's Message

We had another successful AAWP Scientific Conference in San Diego, California this past October.  With the hard work of our conference chair, Dr. Elizabeth Bass and scientific chair, Dr. Erika Schwartz, we had an engaging and diverse program this year.  We had the opportunity to hear from many of the faculty of Western University School of Podiatric Medicine and learn about the research and clinical outcomes that is being conducted.  The conference also gave the attendees the opportunity to network and discusse their triumphs and conflicts.   The AAWP Scientific conference is the only conference of its type that allows for women podiatrists to be able to get together and network in a relaxing spa resort.  It also gives female lecturers an opportunity to be heard, and we encourage more of our members to be involved in this arena.  See our website for more information on the newly formed AAWP Speakers Bureau.

In the past few years that I have served as a board member of AAWP, we have been approached by non APMA members wanting to join.  Because of our affiliate status with APMA, we cannot allow them to members of our association.   I feel that we our inability to allow these female podiatrist to join limits us as a national organization for women.  A recent survey from APMA relays that there are approximately 4,759 licensed female pods in the country and 2,624 (55%) are members of the APMA and 2,135 (45%) are not members.   That means half of our female colleagues do not qualify to gain membership to our association.  Then does AAWP truly represent the female podiatrists in this country?  A significant percentage of female podiatrists are part-time compared to their male counter parts.  This in turn translates to a lower pay scale, so most have to budget their income appropriately between states licensing, malpractice insurance, business insurance, etc. Therefore, membership in a national organization such as the APMA does not take precedence.  We have heard from our colleagues in this scenario time and time again.

I would like to hear from you, our members, about this topic.  Should we continue to exclude such a large percentage of our female colleagues?  Would we have a stronger organization if all could join?  What other considerations have we overlooked in best representing women in our profession? You are welcome to contract me through email at or comment on our Facebook page at American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP).  

Aparna Duggirala, DPM
AAWP President

2014 Spa Conference Experience

The AAWP Scientific Conference took place October 17-19, 2014 in San Diego, California.  We had a great attendance of former and new attendees from across the country.  The conference consisted of nationally known speakers, a welcome reception overlooking a beautiful California sunset, and President’s luncheon at the world renowned Loews Coronado Bay Resort with the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay as the backdrop.

The exhibit hall represented a variety of vendors including PICA, CaerVision, Smith & Nephew – Oasis, New Balance, Realm Labs, CuraMedix, Applied Biologics, Bako, Dr. Remedy, Wright Medical, and Stryker.  Western University also exhibited and had a program for prospective podiatry students during the conference. The generous contributions from educational grants were provided by PICA, New Balance, CaerVision, Bako, Wright Medical, Smith & Nephew – Oasis, Applied Biologics, CuraMedix, Stryker, KCI, SOLS, and Realm Labs.

On Friday, October 17th, the conference started with board member Dr. Karen Langone discussing the female athlete and gait analysis.  The morning session continued with a variety of topics and speakers including AAWP Past President and Western University’s Assistant Dean, Dr. Kathleen Satterfield.  Lunch was sponsored by CaerVision and attendees learning about marketing practices.  The afternoon sessions continued with informative lectures about peripheral neuropathy, hallux rigidus, and internal marketing.  The day ended with a sunset splashed welcome reception where conference attendees as well as vendors were able to mingle.

The following day began with a Smith & Nephew – Oasis sponsored breakfast that featured Dr. Howard Kimmel. The morning lectures continued with such renowned speakers as Dr. Marie Williams, Dr. Doug Richie, Jr., Dr. Stephen Kominsky, Dr. Melissa Lockwood, and AAWP Past President, Dr. Marlene Reid.  One of the highlights of the conference was the President’s Luncheon which gave attendees an opportunity to be introduced to the Past Presidents in attendance.  The luncheon also functioned as the forum for the AAWP annual meeting and election of the new officers. The afternoon session continued with Dr. Rebecca Moellmer speaking on adult clubfoot and then concluded with a PICA risk management lecture that allowed PICA malpractice attendees a 10% discount on their insurance. 

The final day consisted of a variety of informative lectures that included insight into recruiting and retaining women in medicine and surgery, evidence based medicine, public health’s impact on clinical practice, and venous stasis ulcerations.  The conference ended with lectures on the advances with footwear and orthotics by Dr. Emily Splichal.

Offering up to 15 CECH, the 2014 AAWP Scientific Conference was a great success.  Do you want to see more events like this in the future? Contact us to contribute to future conferences and events.

Treasurer's Report

Current Members: 211
Current Assets Including Checking and CDs: $71,548.78
(as of January 28, 2015)

Treasurer, American Association for Women Podiatrists

New Board Elected

At the 2014 Scientific Conference, new board members were elected during the President's Luncheon. 

President – Aparna Duggirala, DPM
Co-VP – Alison Garten, DPM
Co-VP – Elizabeth Bass, DPM
Treasurer – Karen Langone, DPM
Secretary – Jennifer Spector, DPM
Immediate Past President – Erika Schwartz, DPM

Member Honored at PA Ceremony

Dr. Sabrina Minhas, of Philadelphia received the PPMA Rising Star Award November 8, 2014 at the Annual PPMA House of Delegates Inauguration and Awards Banquet.  

This honor is given in recognition of outstanding state accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors, along with outstanding service to PPMA. Congratulations Dr. Minhas!

2014 Spa Conference Photos

In Memoriam

Dr. Genelle B. Smith, DPM of Belleville, Illinois, passed away in San Diego, California, November 29, 2014, at the age of 98.  She was a 1937 graduate of the Illinois College of Chiropody, now the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where she was one of three women in a class of 52 students.  She was a founding member and president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and served on the National Committee on Career Guidance of the American Podiatric Medical Association.  Practicing in Belleville for over sixty years, she was active in the Greater St. Louis Podiatry Group, was a member of the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery and a past member of the Podiatry Advisory Board to the State of Illinois.  In 1988, she received The Presidential Honor from Scholl College for dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the podiatric medical profession.

AAWP Speakers Bureau

By Jennifer Spector, DPM

The AAWP is proud to announce the formation of their Speakers Bureau. The Bureau is comprised of a diverse group of members with a wide variety of experience in the academic and lecture circuits.

"We are proud of the depth of expertise within the American Association for Women Podiatrists membership and are excited to present them formally," states Erika Schwartz, DPM, AAWP Past-President. "The AAWP Speakers Bureau is made up of experts on a wide range of podiatric topics and will address the needs of conferences and media requests."

Interested parties, whether media or podiatric, can learn more via the AAWP website or by e-mailing Dr. Schwartz at

Upcoming Events

MARCH 20-24, 2015


JULY 23-26, 2015

Watch for more exciting information about these events in future newsletters!

AAWP is now accepting submissions for consideration of inclusion in future newsletters. Articles in  academic, political, social and practice management topics will be considered, along with others as well. Please submit ideas or articles to Dr. Jennifer Spector at

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