President's Perspective June 2017
The Structure Is Supported by the Foundation
Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS
honor of the recent National Volunteer Month, I want to personally
thank each of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, expertise
and resources to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)
and to also reach out to those members who have not yet volunteered.
profession of foot and ankle surgery is a structure we’ve created from
podiatry—and the foundation of that structure is ACFAS. No other
organization is more aligned with and supportive of our needs than the
College. So, why is it that while many have stepped up to volunteer and
have helped to reinforce that foundation, others are still hesitant to
do so? It’s an unfortunate truth that there are too many of us who
haven’t supported our profession. Each of us is challenged every day to
prioritize the demands on our time with work, family and community—each
vying for our attention. But remember, we can only grow if we all work
together to support our structural foundation.
My own personal family motto has always been, you get what you give. I encourage each of you to visit acfas.org/volunteer to see how you can help support our foundation by volunteering. Some other suggestions:
addition to committee service, we also ask for volunteers to serve on
clinical consensus statement panels, and as regional division leaders
and poster competition judges.
- Reach out to a current or past
volunteer about his or her experience, and you might be surprised to
learn that you’ll “get” as much as you “give.”
- Commit today to
attend the next Annual Scientific meeting in Nashville, March 22–25,
2018. I promise if that’s your first step, it will not be your last.
are all busy, but without you, there would not be an American College
of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Still not convinced? Check out the Take a New Look at Foot & Ankle Surgeons public relations campaign at TakeANewLook.org.
It’s aimed at nurse practitioners, diabetes educators and family
physicians—explaining our unique training and board certification—and
why they should trust us for referrals.
Another way you can help support the foundation is to publish in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery before considering other journals. JFAS
is the official publication of the College, and publishing in our
journal should be members’ highest priority. You could also volunteer to
review an article or encourage others to become official Peer
Reviewers. Adding more members to our network also strengthens our
publishing process and structure.
To help further solidify our
foundation, we need to improve our research and publishing. ACFAS
recently named a task force to foster more research through the
College’s recognized Fellowships Program. I’d like to thank Thomas
Roukis, DPM, PhD, FACFAS; Paul Kim, DPM, FACFAS; and Naohiro Shibuya,
DPM, MS, FACFAS, for helping to lead this important endeavor. It is my
hope that the fellowship directors will be supportive of this new
initiative and will help take our research to the next level.
all know what happens if you don’t take care of the foundation; after
all, we make our livings dealing with “uncared for structures.”
Remember, the many bricks we lay to support our profession will continue
to build upon the strong foundation. It’s the foundation that supports