“The highest calling of any doctor is to prevent what they treat.” – Unknown Hello fellow ACFAP members! I love that quote, don’t you? I believe our primary focus as physicians is to heal, but also we must never lose site of our obligation to prevent and foster successful early intervention. 2017 has been a banner year for ACFAP in many ways. Looking for-ward I see 2018 as adding to our successes!
Recently ACFAP was represented at APMA National, the annual AAPSM in Chicago, and the Iowa and New Mexico state society meetings. We have conducted screenings at events such as the Down syndrome buddy walk. Upcoming, ACFAP will be present for a ½ day track at AAPPM in Atlanta, and SAM 2018.
ACFAP 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before you know it! We are continuing the National Park “tradition” at the Snake River Resort & Spa in Jackson Hole, WY, May 31 – June 2, 2018. Once again we will precede the meeting with a group outing in the Grand Tetons National Park on May 31st. Back by popular demand we have once again lined up professional photographer and tour guide, Mr. Don Toothaker (toothakerphoto.com) who has conducted expeditions in the Grand Tetons over 10 times.
The scientific part of the conference will take place in Jackson Hole, WY on Friday and Saturday June 1-2, 2018. This CME (12 CME’s) event will feature leading authorities on pediatric foot and ankle conditions. It will cover topics both conservative and surgical. As well the seminar will feature new and exciting panels and workshops. There will be all new topics including radiology, dermatology, vision assessment, and the importance of sensory stimulation. We will have a variety of speakers including DPM’s, MD’s, OD’s and PT’s. Workshops and panels will include Clubfoot casting, practice management, how to guides to “measuring” the pediatric patient, and hands on surgical arthroereisis. Please go to our website acfap.org for more information.
I am also excited to announce an incentive program for discounts to ACFAP 2018. Help ACFAP sign up new members, and for each referral get $25 off your seminar registration. Sign up 14 members and get free registration! It’s that easy! Full details are included inside this issue.
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 possible!
Louis J. DeCaro, DPM