Conference Recaps

ASPMA Conferences–in conjunction with APMA National, Regional and state component meetings–are a great way to socialize with fellow podiatric medical assistants while also getting great educational content. Meetings are a great opportunity to meet other persons engaged in the same profession, sharing the same interests. Attending meetings is a great way to maximize your ASPMA membership. We hope that these recaps encourage you to attend the next meeting in your area.

Region III conference

Region III was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey May 6th-10th 2015. There were four board members and one intern with the American Society of Podiatry Medical Assistants
that helped “run the show” this year. The weather was beautiful, the boardwalk was out
our back door and The Resorts Casino Hotel was very accommodating. I was privileged
enough to be the smiling face of the registration booth not only for the assistants, but
trusted with completing registration for the exhibitors. It was a great two days of meeting
and talking with DPM’s and reps from different companies.

This was a smaller podiatry conference in comparison to our last meeting in Chicago, but
as the old saying goes “big gifts come in small packages”. We definitely left with knowledge and information to take back to our offices. Since it was on a smaller scale, I felt it was
a more intimate atmosphere among the assistants. Thursday, the administrative and
clinical assistants were combined and then separated on Friday for individual tracks. We
had the opportunity to attend a couple after meeting events. There, we were able to sit
and chat with other assistants and DPM’s from the surrounding states in a more casual
laid back setting.

Assistants, both clinical and administrative, prepped for their exam Wednesday during the
review course and tested on Thursday. Lectures for assistants started bright and early on
Thursday morning as well, with our very own president elect, Elizabeth Franklin, PMAC
discussing time management. With the upcoming ICD-10 change coming soonersooner
than most of us want, we had a two hour session on coding. Dr. Louis DeCaro, DPM had
us all laughing in his “Foot Typing for the Podiatric Medical Assistant” lecture. The assistant track ended on Friday afternoon with a relaxing game of I-spy, podiatry style of course.

Overall, Region III was an outstanding time from start to finish and I am sure will be missed as next year the National Conference is in Philadelphia, so Region III will resume in 2017. The five of us that helped with this conference not only learned about podiatry, but about each other.

Midwest Podiatry Conference

The Midwest Podiatry Conference is held annually in Chicago, IL and attracts over 2000 podiatric professionals each year. The MPC is the largest podiatry conference in the country. This year the conference was held March 5-8, 2015. ASPMA has partnered
with the MPC for several years.

There is plenty offered to the assistants at this conference. You are able to hear lectures
on various topics including, but not limited to: Time Management, Coding, EMR, Plantar
Fasciitis, Diabetes, and Working with difficult people. The lectures are given by DPM’s and
PMAC’s alike. Hands on workshops were also available. CME credits were obtainable
by attending these lectures and workshops. The Clinical and Administrative PMAC exam
is offered onsite as well, along with a review course that takes place prior to testing.
At the 2015 conference, there was access to over 175 vendor booths in all. This is really a “one stop shop” for any podiatry practice. This conference has something for everyone, DPM’s, PMAC’s, Office Managers and Administrative Assistants.

The MPC is a wonderful experience that I think each assistant should be allowed to experience. You are able to network with others in your field from different states. We even had an ASPMA “Meet & Greet”. This was an excellent opportunity to get to know our peers and meet new faces. You are able to share with others how you deal with certain situations in your office, as well as hear their perspectives.

If you have never attended this meeting, please consider attending next year. For future dates and information on this meeting, check in with our website and/or Facebook page. Also, you can always find info on this conference at http://midwestpodconf.org

Idaho Annual Conference

ASPMA has been helping out with the Idaho state meeting for the last 2 years. Each year, the meeting has been held in January at the Sun Valley Resorts. This is a day and a half meeting where the attendees received up to 9 CME.

Speakers included: Dr. Melissa Lockwood, Dr. Horseman, Kevin West, from PICA,Jesus Vazquez, PMAC, and Michelle Handley, PMAC. Topics covered at this meeting included ICD-10, Sterile Techniques, Employee Manuals, PICA, Wound Care and much more. We even had time to visit with the vendors.

This is one of my favorite meetings to attend. The members are ALWAYS sowelcoming and happy to learn. I feel that we can get some great ideas from this group of members. We may not live in the same state but we have many of the same issues with our practices. I encourage everyone to join me in making this meeting as well as our practices an even better experience and place to be.

Please consider attending this meeting.  Check in with our website and Facebook for future dates and information on this meeting.

New York Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition

This past January the ASPMA provided clinical and administrative course
tracks in conjunction with the New York Podiatric Clinical Conference and
Exhibition. The meeting was the perfect venue to catchup with friends while
receiving great educational content. The featured speakers provided a wide
variety of useful information for members to take back to their practices.
topics included diabetes, podiatric dermatology, and plantar fasciitis. We
hope that you can join us next year for another great conference.