Scientific Objectives

By attending the General Sessions, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine will be able to accomplish these medical education objectives

LEARNING TO WALK BY FALLING OVER: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BIOMECHANICAL CONTROL
Learners will be able to understand the role of biomechanical control on postural stability and the etiology of and indications for biomechanical control to effectively treat posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and chronic ankle instability. Learners will also appreciate the potential flaws in the paradigm surrounding equinus and indications for various treatments for equinus based on the new thought surrounding equinus and biomechanical function.


LATEST TECHNIQUES IN SPORTS MEDICINE

Learners will be able to understand the pathology and the evidence based approach to the latest diagnostic techniques and management options of sports–related pathology including subtalar joint instability, Achilles tendon ruptures, lateral ankle instability, deltoid ligament and syndesmotic injuries.


USING FLUOROSCOPY SAFELY
Learners will be able to understand the techniques and the radiation physics associated with optimizing the images obtained during a fluoroscopic examination and maximizing patient and operator safety.


PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM: THE OPIOID CRISIS
Learners will be able to better appreciate and understand the current status of the national opioid crisis and the role the CDC plays in control this crisis. Learners will also recognize the indications for topical medications for pain treatment to decrease potential opioid abuse and the concerns with over–prescribing opioids.


SOFT TISSUE TUMORS OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY
Learners will appreciate and be able to recognize soft tissue tumors of the lower extremities, including diagnostic methods and treatment approaches to effectively managing the tumors.


APMA REGIONAL LECTURE SERIES: THE PATHOGENESIS AND MANAGEMENT OF ONYCHOMYCOSIS
Learners will be able to recognize dermatological conditions that present in the lower extremity and understand the pathogenesis and management of lower extremity dermatological conditions including diagnosis and treatment options, better understand the pathogenesis of onychomycosis, and gain updated knowledge about diagnostic techniques for onychomycosis. They will be able to appreciate all treatment options available for onychomycosis including the most up to date treatment options.


REGENERATIVE WOUND CARE: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Learners will be able to understand the potential future of wound care through the use of regenerative technology, including the basic science associated with these novel approaches to treating wounds, the indications for use and the vast potential of future products.


KEEPING THE FLOW

Learners will be able to understand the pathology of peripheral arterial disease and best practice regarding non–invasive arterial testing along with the outcomes regarding consistency with following these best practices. Learners will also be able to understand the concepts and indications for timing limb salvage with revascularization, the pathophysiology of vascular compression therapy and its role in treating concurrent venous and arterial disease, why there may be residual extremity pain after completing thrombosis treatment and appreciate the prevalence and importance of non–thrombotic venous disease.


WOUND CARE: BACK TO THE BASICS AND THE FUTURE
Learners will be able to understand the pathology of the wound bed and methods to optimize healing by addressing the wound bed surface, apply the evidence behind both new and old techniques of determining the vascular status surrounding a wound and different means of using negative pressure wound therapy to enhance wound healing. Learners will also appreciate the role of primary amputation in the quality of life, understand and better apply the various clinical guidelines for managing venous ulcers to their patient population. Attendees will also be able to appreciate the lack of consistency in treatment of wounds and better appreciate the greatest areas in need of improving concordance with clinical guidelines to optimize clinical outcomes.


A NUTRITIONAL APPROACH TO PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Learners will be able to understand the pathophysiology of plantar fasciitis and the role of optimizing nutritional status to decrease inflammation and enhance healing time and return to activity.


TILL DEATH DO US PART: PODIATRIC CASE STUDIES
This program will review four podiatric closed claims involving the death of a patient and discuss the related clinical issues and the defense challenges. At the end of the lecture, attendees will be able to discuss the importance of following–up on diagnostic test results and reports, recognize the risk factors for the development of DVT/ PE, understand the necessity of obtaining appropriate pre–operative medical clearance, and appreciate the importance of early evaluation and diagnosis of lesions.


BONE HEALING
Learners will be able to understand the pathology of delayed and non–healing bone, which is known to complicate fracture and surgical outcomes. Learners will understand the effect of osseous fixation, including the benefit of novel fixation techniques, the need for proper nutritional status and various bone grafting options to optimize healing and the impact of tobacco on surgical patients.


SURGICAL MANAGEMENT OF CAVUS FOOT

Learners will be able to understand the pathology of idiopathic Pes Cavus deformity, involved anatomy and agonist/antagonist muscle groups, the concepts behind rearfoot osteotomies and their application, and indications and application of arthrodesis in treatment of rigid pes cavus deformity. They will have better understanding of performing soft tissue balancing procedures, bony forefoot procedures, and the application of midfoot osteotomies.


SURVIVING IN A VALUE BASED CARE ENVIRONMENT
Learners will be able to appreciate and understand the rationale behind value–based healthcare and through the clinical applications presented they will be able to apply the appropriate methods to achieve a high quality and more value–based care delivery approach in their practice, including how to continually improve high quality care. Learners will also understand a leading health system’s approach to value based care involving wound care and better understand how standardization and optimal communication benefits patient safety and quality of care.


MANAGING MISTAKES IN THE COMPLICATED FOOT AND ANKLE
Learners will be able to understand the pathology of complex foot and ankle complications. They will recognize when these complexities are more likely to occur, how best to prevent the mistakes from occurring, and how to effectively treat them when a patient does experience a complication such as a stiff or elevated toe after bunion surgery or a wide ankle after ankle reconstruction.


2ND MTP JOINT PATHOLOGY: POINT–COUNTERPOINT
Learners will appreciate the controversial options when treating pathology of the second metatarsal–phalangeal joint. Through a point–counterpoint presentation attendees will understand the evidence supporting the rationale of surgical approaches, soft tissue balancing, osteotomies and joint salvage and replacement.