Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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Podiatric physicians from every corner of Illinois will congregate this week to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association with governance meetings and scientific sessions.

"Today’s podiatrists are far better trained than our distant cousins from last century." --Dr, Carlos Smith, DPM, IPMA President, 2015-2016

Podiatric physicians from every corner of Illinois will congregate this week to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association with governance meetings and scientific sessions.

The Illinois Podiatric Medical Association was registered with the State of Illinois in 1915 as the Illinois Association of Chiropodists. In 1987, it officially became known as the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and today represents more than 800 podiatric physicians in Illinois.

“As an organization designed to support Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, IPMA has grown and developed into the major source for foot and ankle health care information for the public and is active in the Illinois legislature regarding foot and ankle care issues and access to foot and ankle care by podiatric physicians. The IPMA is an advocate for all citizens of Illinois as well as for its member doctors,” said Brent Parry, DPM, Peoria, Ill., President of the IPMA in 2014-15.

Incoming president Dr. Carlos Smith, DPM of Chicago, remarked at the strides podiatry has made in such a short period of time.

“Since the turn of the century when podiatrists were separate from other medical disciplines, we have now emerged as significant members of the health care team, and we’ve played a big role in helping diagnose patients with such chronic diseases as diabetes,” he said. “Today’s podiatrists are far better trained than our distant cousins from last century,” Smith said. “We complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other doctors and allows us to specialize in many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care.”

At the annual meeting in Lincolnshire, podiatrists will attend sessions on wound care, sports medicine and limb salvaging and foot amputation prevention.

For more information, visit IPMA’s website at http://www.ipma.net or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IllinoisPodiatricMedicalAssociation.

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