President's Perspective February 2018
"It's Ain't Over 'Til It's Over."
Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS
it ain’t over yet, but it is getting close. This is my final
President’s Perspective and if you’re even remotely a Yogi Berra fan,
you had to see this one coming as my final topic.
It has been an
extraordinary experience and a true honor to be the president of the
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). While I will
continue to serve on the Board of Directors next year as the immediate
past president, my service to ACFAS will never be over. I will always be
an active member of ACFAS, as it is the only professional organization
that truly understands who we are and what we do.
institution understands my needs and issues as a foot and ankle surgeon.
Just think how far our specialty has come since the College was founded
in 1942. I wonder if our four founders could have even fathomed what
their creation would accomplish in the last 76 years? We perform the
majority of the foot surgery in the United States; we have the largest
scientific conference of foot and ankle surgeons; and we perform every
procedure, including total ankle implants, fusions, arthroscopy and
ACFAS remains the gold standard in CME, from e-Learning
to hands-on workshops—and not only in content, but in freedom from
commercial bias. The College expanded its award-winning national public
relations efforts to include other healthcare specialties, aimed at
generating more referrals for you. Our Recognized Fellowship program has
expanded to 44 programs. We have started work on an outcomes registry.
And a reconstituted Research Committee will soon conduct a
no-holds-barred brainstorming/planning session and will create a bold
new approach to research in the College.
The year has gone by
fast, and I am forever indebted to so many people who helped me. From
our dedicated volunteer committee volunteers, to the Board and staff, to
those whom I phoned at odd hours asking for advice and insights—to all
of you, thank you! Your passion and dedication is amazing.
I would like to thank you, the members of ACFAS, for allowing me to be
your president of this prestigious institution. I will be handing over
the reins to John Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS at the Annual Scientific
Conference in March. And while I am leaving the post of president, I
look forward to continuing to serve the College for many years to come
because, for me, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!