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 April 27-30, 2017. ASPMA has partnered with the MPC for several years.
Here is a New Board members perspective on MPC
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Midwest
I have been in podiatry for more than 16 years. In that time, I have attended the Midwest Podiatry Conference many times. Every time I attend I come away with a new piece of information or idea that would help me as an assistant or help in my office. It is where I became a certified podiatric medical assistant and I have met many new friends and colleagues along the way. I would like to share the top 5 reasons I believe the MPC is a conference for assistants to attend!
1. Gain Podiatry Knowledge! Whether you are a seasoned assistant or new to the world of podiatry, there is always something to learn. At the MPC, much care and consideration goes into the topics of lectures, as well as the speakers. As new assistants in a podiatry office, things can get overwhelming at times. This is a place where you can learn about procedures, anatomy, conditions and forms of treatment. For the veteran assistant, it is always nice to get refreshers on those things, but it is also a place to find out about new technologies and treatments we can use in our offices to make things better for our patients and us. I also must mention the review course and exam for PMAC certification. This is a great opportunity to attend the course and take the exam to receive your certification. Having the certification as a podiatric medical assistant is an achievement to be proud of and lends credibility to your knowledge and position.
2. Learn About New Products and Treatments! At the MPC there are many vendors with the latest technology and supplies that can help our offices grow. At MPC we are exposed to the latest and best supplies and technology that we can use to improve our patient’s care and experience. Where else do you have access to that number of vendors to speak face to face with, ask questions and compare products? You can actually see how things work, compare the quality and get answers right there.
3. Networking With Other Podiatric Assistants! At MPC, there are offices and assistants from all over the country who attend. It is really nice to meet and talk with other assistants who face similar struggles in their offices and nice to hear stories you can relate to. You can meet and be involved with others who understand the demands and rewards of being a podiatric assistant.
4. Making New Friends! Over the course of years and even more so being involved with the ASPMA, I have gotten the opportunity to meet and make new friends. You can too! There are a tremendous number of intelligent, amazing assistants who attend. It is wonderful to have a place where so many likeminded individuals can come together and you will likely find lifelong friends.
5. It’s Fun! Chicago is a great city to spend time in. The conference is held in downtown Chicago in the heart of restaurants, shopping and many other activities. There is something fun for everyone!
The MPC 2017 was a great experience! MPC provides tracks for clinical and administrative assistants so there is something to gain for everyone. For clinical assistants we learned about bunions, diabetes and A1c, Charcot deformity and biomechanics (and even had a biomechanics workshop) to name a few. For administrative assistants, we had topics including a Medicare update, how to delegate tasks, DME and MIPS. It is a great place to keep up to date with changes in the podiatry world. Come check it out for yourself. I hope to see you at MPC 2018!
Kim Heineman, PMAC
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. This year the an ASPMA had a “Presidents Reception, Ice Cream Social” 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
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.