Residency Directors Forum 2017

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

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The Residency Directors Forum is returning in 2017 and is jam-packed with take-home information to help build on every residency program’s foundation. This year’s Forum, held in advance of the conference on Sunday, February 26 from 1:30–5:30pm and co-hosted by the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), will provide updates from COTH, AACPM and CPME as well as the Boards (ABFAS and ABPM) that are a can’t-miss for residency directors. Representatives from PRR will also be on hand to discuss the new 2.0 version of its database. Information on the dos and don’ts in social media will also be available for residents. Finally, there will be a discussion regarding program assessment tools and what changes may be in store for residency programs in the future. 


Timothy Ford, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator
Mindy Benton, DPM, FACFAS
Marc Benard, DPM
Susan Claffey
Emily Cook, DPM, FACFAS
Lori DeBlasi, DPM, FACFAS
Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS
Richard Gershon
Kathy Kreiter
Nikki Lewis
Ross Taubman, DPM, FACFAS
Nahla Wu

Registration Fees:

This invitation-only event is complimentary for residency program directors.

And for the first time, residency program codirectors, faculty and administrators are also invited to attend, with up to two attendees per program. Space is limited, so please register early. The registration deadline is February 10, there will be no onsite registration.


Check-in and badge pick-up

Introduction and Session Goals

Alphabet Soup: What’s New from AACPM, COTH and CPME
Susan Claffey, director of the AACPM Office of Graduate Services; Lori DeBlasi, DPM, FACFAS, chair, CPME; and Nahla Wu, associate director, CPME
This session will provide an update from COTH and AACPM on the January centralized residency interviews, COTH CME Workshop and the Clerkship and Residency Coordinator Committee meeting held at CRIP in Frisco, Texas. CPME representatives will fill attendees in on what’s new with council. They will go over the site visit overview and provide best practices for program directors, discuss the site evaluator overview/recruitment and explain the CPME 320 rewrite process.  

PRR 2.0: Clearing the Log Jam
Nikki Lewis, operations manager, Podiatry Residency Resource Content
This session will review the PRR 2.0 Version and provide a CLADD logging update. 

All Aboard: Hear the Latest from the Boards Themselves
Kathy Kreiter, executive director, ABFAS; Mindy Benton, DPM, FACFAS, president, ABFAS; Richard Gershon, ABFAS psychometrician; Marc Benard, DPM, executive director, ABPM
Representatives from ABFAS and ABPM will discuss in-training exam methodology/subject areas/results/usage, biomechanical case requirements and the different certification processes.

Risky Business: Unsocial Media
Ross Taubman, DPM, FACFAS, president, Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
Attendees will learn about HIPAA privacy and security risks of using electronic communications, electronic health records and social media in daily practice. Potential malpractice risks of electronic devices and communication will be discussed. The importance of business associate agreements in practice, especially as they relate to electronic devices and communication, will also be covered.

Assessments: Room for Improvement
Emily Cook, DPM, FACFAS
This presentation will discuss the current requirements for on-service competencies and evaluation forms. Ways to improve the resident evaluation process, including how the profession could blend together the rubric of CPME requirements and key elements of ACGME's new accreditation system to improve parity and relations, will be discussed.

Break and Refreshments

It’s Your Turn: Point-Counterpoint Discussion
Moderator: Tim Ford, DPM, FACFAS
This open Q&A session will cover: 

  • Standardized Self-Assessment/Competencies
  • The Problem Resident
  • Site Visit Process
  • Educational Venues, i.e., Podcasts vs. Slides

The committee would like your opinions and ideas on these subjects as well as other topics to help provide feedback to CPME as the 320 document undergoes a rewrite.

Open Forum/Cocktail Hour
Moderator: Tim Ford, DPM, FACFAS
The forum will end with an open forum cocktail hour to hear and discuss any issue(s) attendees may have in the realm of residency education. This forum will review a list of questions submitted in advance of the Forum and will also allow attendees to ask any questions they may have for the speakers and for ACFAS' Post-Graduate Affairs Committee.


How to Register:

Please print the registration form and submit it to Michelle Kennedy, ACFAS director of Membership, via fax at (800) 382-8270 or email. Registrations can also be mailed to:

American College of Foot and & Ankle Surgeons

Attn: Michelle Kennedy
8725 W Higgins Rd., Ste. 555
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (800) 421-2237

You will receive an electronic confirmation at your provided email address.

The registration deadline is February 10, 2017. Space is limited, and please note there will be no onsite registration.

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