Quarterly Announcement


“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men.”

– Frederick Douglass

Hello fellow ACFAP members! I love that quote, don’t you?

I recently promised you all that 2017 for ACFAP was going to  be the “year of pediatric education” throughout our profession. Well, through our efforts to introduce pediatric foot and ankle education across the country, we’ve been able to accomplish just that! ACFAP has, in some capacity, attended over 20 seminars in the past year. I myself have also lectured about pediatrics on behalf of ACFAP at the majority of those seminars. We have not only grown our membership and corporate sponsorship, but most importantly inspired so many to think again about treating more pediatric patients.

Recently ACFAP was represented both at the North Carolina Seminar and SAM in Florida. Upcoming, ACFAP will be present at AAPPM in Tampa, the Midwest in Chicago, and APMA National in Nashville. As well, for the first time ever, ACFAP will be presenting at the 4th annual stand-alone Sports Medicine Society meeting in Chicago.

ACFAP 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting is only a few months away! We are continuing the Na-tional Park “tradition” at the Atlantic Oceanside Resort, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME June 8-10 2017. Once again we will precede the meeting with a group outing in Acadia on the 8th. We have lined up a professional photographer as our tour guide, Mr. Don Toothaker ( toothakerphoto. com ) who has conducted expeditions in Acadia over 20 times.

The scientific part of the conference will take place at Acadia National Park on Friday and Saturday June 9-10, 2017. This CME (11.75 CME’s) event will feature leading authorities on pedi-atric foot and ankle conditions. It will cover topics both conservative and surgical. As well the semi-nar will feature new and exciting panels and workshops. There will be the “Great flatfoot Debate” consisting of a panel of docs representing surgical, orthotic, and conservative care point of views. Workshops and panels will include Ponsetti casting, practice management, and how to guides to
“measuring” the pediatric patient. Please go to our website acfap.org for more information.

Our meetings are designed to educate, innovate, and build tremendous camaraderie within our membership. An overall experience unparalleled in the podiatric world.

The “Can’t Miss” meetings of the year, located in one of those “Can’t Miss” spots!

I want to again welcome all past, future, and current members of the American College of Foot and Ankle pediatrics to this new era not only in this organization, but also in the education of pediatric foot and ankle medicine. Thank you to each and every one of you for making this all pos-sible!

Louis J. DeCaro, DPM
President, ACFAP