We have been working hard at IPMA on your behalf. Our first town hall meeting was held January 31 at Gene and Georgetti downtown Chicago. We discussed the different pathways toward an unlimited license and what it means for current and future DPMs in Illinois. We highlighted where we are in the process, California’s progress, and our next steps. We had open dialogue with attendees regarding other legislative initiatives and future goals for our state association. Our next town hall meeting will be held on February 28 in Springfield, IL and March 28 in Arlington Heights, IL. We encourage your attendance.
Our 8 Illinois APMA Delegates are preparing to attend the House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC March 15-18. We have 2 resolutions to be presented at the House. The first is “Changes in the health care environment”, requesting that APMA seek all insurers, registered in a state, to have a ‘must include provision for DPMs. The second is our PR initiative “Stop the Bleed.” Which is a grassroots effort in Illinois, supporting the nationwide initiative by the American College of Surgeons, to educate the public on proper tourniquet application in the midst of mass shootings and terrorists attacks. If you are interested in being an educator please visit IPMA.net or bleedingcontrol.org. Furthermore, we have two of our own competing for offices on the National stage. Dr. Laura Pickard running for position of Treasurer and Dr. Marlene Reid running for Trustee position on the APMA Board.
Lastly, our 2019 IPMA Annual Meeting will be held October 24-26 at The Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. To ensure we are offering the best value, we have reduced the cost to $150 for IPMA members and registration will be free for student and residents. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 18+ continuing education hours while engaging in cutting-edge lectures and workshops in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, as well as attend sessions to fulfill the new state requirements in opioid and sexual harassment training. To continue our approach in educating towards full-licensure we will also be offering lectures in internal medicine. These sessions will feature lectures from Scott Blanchard, MD such as “Supplements-how to boost your patients’ health and your bottom line.” In addition, for the first time, Chad Webster, DPM will be offering a condensed Board Review program at the IPMA Annual Meeting in preparation for the ABPM and ABFAS boards in the Spring. We hope to see you there.
Thank you for your membership!
Sarah E. Dickey, DPM
President, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association