Residency Directors Forum 2018

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
Co-hosted by Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH)

This event’s goal is to provide residency educators with useful information to assist in the overall growth of YOUR residency program. Through direct interaction with the invited panelists, you will be provided with the tools needed to make a positive impact on residency education and training at your institution. 

New This Year: Residency program co-directors, faculty, chief residents and school deans are also invited to attend, with up to two attendees per program. Chief residents must attend alongside their program director. Space is limited, so please register early. 

How to Register:
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 March 2 and please note, there is no onsite registration.

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Check-in and Badge Pick-up

Introduction and Session Goals


Show Me the Money: GME Funding Lecture

Melanie Violand, DPM, FACFAS, chair, AACPM Institutional Residency Development and AACPM Balance Committee

Do you fully understand all the ins and outs of residency program funding? If you don’t, you’re not alone. This session will cover this challenging area, covering topics such as how to track your off-facility training; funding alternatives for faculty; determining if your key attendings should be compensated, and if so, how; and how to earmark CME funding for residency education from GME.

Breaking the Code: the Latest in Logging – New & Improved

Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS; Nahla Wu, associate director, CPME 

Hear the latest updates to PRR, along with clarifications on proper logging. Also, listen as CPME presents their latest efforts to streamline program site visits. They will also give background on the CPME 320 re-write: Forum attendees should be prepared to voice their opinions.

Speed Dating: The Tinderbox – Answer your Burning Questions

Moderator: Mike Vaardahl, DPM, FACFAS

It’s as easy as swiping right! Take a seat for this breakout session, and ask experts in their respective fields all of your burning questions. Speed daters will include representatives from CPME, ABFAS, ABPM, PRR. But, be brief with your questions - dates will be quick and representatives will rotate.      

Break and Refreshments

Social Media Gone Wild – How Risky is Your Social Media Footprint?

Ross Taubman, DPM, FACFAS, president, Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)

Back by popular demand, Dr. Taubman returns to the Residency Directors Forum to continue the discussion about the good, bad, and the ugly of social media.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Tim Yoho, DPM, FACFAS, dean, Des Moines University of Podiatric Medicine

When you’re selecting and educating residents, you never know what you’re going to get. As the number of applicants to podiatric medical schools fluctuate, so do the admission benchmarks of entering students. Dr. Yoho will discuss the effect on residencies and what needs to be done to maintain an appropriate applicant pool to the colleges, with residencies being the handoff point.

Path to the Future: Mentoring through the DPM Mentors Network

Mandy Nau, career promotion strategist, American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)

One solution to a stronger student body, attracting good people to the profession. What can you do to help the cause? Volunteer to be a mentor. Ms. Nau will discuss AACPM’s DPM Mentors Network, how it works, and how you can help the next generation to get excited about the future of podiatric medicine so they want to be a part of it.

Sharing is Caring: Program Collaboration and ACFAS Regional Support

Harry Schneider, DPM, FACFAS; Eric Walter, DPM, FACFAS

Why reinvent the wheel? We’re all doing the same things – we can help each other and help ourselves. Collaborate with other local residency programs by sharing lectures, surgical skills workshops and journal clubs. Learn how this model works to improve your resident training and provide diverse educational experiences. Also, learn how the ACFAS Regions can provide local resources to enhance your residency education.

The Joys of Parenthood: Breakout Session

Moderator: Steven Vyce, DPM, FACFAS

Managing residents is like being a parent: you want your residents to finish your program and head out into the world with all of the tools they need to be successful. Take your seat and panelists will come to you to answer your questions about topics such as social media; changes and trends in the latest podiatric medical school curriculum; non-citizen medical school graduates; and how to set up local collaboration programs with your neighboring residencies. 

Gin and “Juice” – with a Twist: Open Bar, Open Mic, Open your Mind

Moderator: Tim Ford, DPM, FACFAS 

The tables are now turned - the bar is open and so is the floor. It’s your turn to ask any remaining questions you may have of the organizations that govern your program. Topics will include the program approval process; day-to-day operations; legalities; and the future of residency training. Grab a drink and some nosh, sit back, and hear open Q&A with representatives from AACPM, PRR, PICA, ABFAS, and ABPM.


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