2019 Residency Directors Forum

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2019 Residency Directors Forum
Co-Hosted by ACFAS and the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019  

1:30 – 5:30pm
New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans

This year’s Forum will focus on best practices in resident education and learning. As the profession of foot and ankle surgery evolves, directors need to ensure that they are keeping up with formulating the highest educational standards and best practices in teaching the new generation. This Forum will explore multiple topics to assist with those goals. The day will start with a presentation on the educational standards of podiatric and allopathic medicine, continue with resident remediation and discharge, and cover patient safety issues and measures to reduce risks to patients. The Forum will also explore what leads to resident burn‐out and what can be done to alleviate this unwanted giant. 

The Forum will continue with a review of steps residency programs can take to achieve goals in research and publication. There will also be a discussion of the “in‐training” exam and how scores can assist in modifying/enhancing your program curriculum. And at last, by popular request, attendees will have an opportunity to meet the key individuals from CPME, COTH, Council of Deans, AACPM, ABPM, ABFAS, and PRR to give you the latest information on upcoming changes and answer your questions.

2.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours to be Provided

Register Now – No Cost to Attend:
Residency Directors and program faculty are invited to attend, with up to two representatives per program. College Deans are also invited. To register, print the registration form and return via email, fax or mail. All communications regarding the Forum will be done electronically. The deadline to register is January 28: there is no onsite registration.



Check-in and Badge Pick-up

Introduction and Session Goals

Roya Mirmiran, DPM, FACFAS


ACGME and CPME: Best Practices in Resident Education
Keith Cook, DPM, FACFAS; Mike Trepal, DPM, FACFAS; John R. Potts lll, M.D., Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation, ACGME
Moderator: Randy Clements, DPM, FACFAS

Many of our residency programs are sponsored by institutions that follow ACGME standards. As part of many institution’s/hospital’s rules and regulations, podiatric residents may be subject to both ACGME and CPME standards. This session will explore common program requirements set by ACGME, touch on competencies and practice-based learning and improvement, and familiarize program directors with upcoming changes and updates to ACGME standards.

Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from Chair of CPME as well as Chair of the 320 Rewrite Ad Hoc Committee. These presenters will share the process of 320 rewrite and provide an update on potential upcoming changes to the 320 document.

Slaying the Three-Headed Monster: Patient Safety, Physician Well-Being and Resident Remediation

Christine Miller, DPM, PhD; Allison Ventura, PhD, University of Florida College of Medicine; John R. Potts lll, M.D., Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation, ACGME
Moderator: Jason Piraino, DPM, FACFAS 

Residency directors often struggle to slay the three-headed monster: the challenging topics of patient safety and quality improvement, physician well-being, and resident remediation. Hear from experts on all three topics and get a better grasp on taking on the beasts.

Working Break (Q&A) and Refreshments


Research: The Next Frontier
Paul Kim, DPM, FACFAS; Barry Rosenblum, DPM, FACFAS
Moderator: Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH, FACFAS

The ACFAS Research Committee has developed a plan to enhance the research culture of the College and the profession more broadly. Hear from the Research Committee Chair on both short- and long-term plans that will engage all members as both consumers and creators of research that will provide an evidence base for clinical decision making, reimbursement and efficacy. Also, hear the role that residency programs will play in the College’s new research initiative.

Get on Board!

Richard Gershon, PhD; Danny Choung, DPM, FACFAS
Moderator: Mike Vaardahl, DPM, FACFAS

How well are your residents prepared to take their in-training exams? How do their scores correlate with their ability to become ABFAS Board Qualified? How can you use the scores to enhance your curriculum? Representatives from ABFAS will give you the details.


Mix it Up Like Jambalaya – Organizational Oversight Updates
Representatives from COTH, AACPM, PRR, CPME
Moderator: Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS

Time to mix it up with some jambalaya! Listen as representatives from relative organizations give their latest updates, including topics about CASPR/CRIP and clerkships, what's new at our Colleges, PRR updates and the CPME 320 re‐write.

Q&A Mardi Gras!

Moderator: Roya Mirmiran, DPM, FACFAS

The floor is open, and so is the bar! Grab a drink and some nosh, sit back, and hear open Q&A with representatives from AACPM, PRR, COTH, CPME, ABFAS, ABPM and ACFAS. Bring your burning questions and get some answers.


Register Now:

Print the registration form and return via email, fax or mail. There is no cost to attend. All communications regarding the Forum will be done electronically. The deadline to register is January 28. There is no onsite registration.

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements for approval of providers of continuing education in podiatric medicine through a joint provider agreement between The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ACFAS). The AACPM is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. The AACPM has approved this activity for a maximum of 2.5 continuing education contact hours.

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