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Spring Educational Meeting for members and nonmembers sponsored by the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend lectures and visit with conference exhibitors. CMEs will be available upon approval by the MA Board of Registration in Podiatry.

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter St
Waltham, Massachusetts  02451
United States
Contact: Sally Carrona

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This meeting is FREE for residents who are APMA members and has been approved for 6 CMEs by the 
MA Board of Registration in Podiatry.

Click here to download the 2018 MPMS Spring Meeting brochure.

Click here to see the complete listing of MPMS Spring Meeting Speakers’ biographies.


(subject to change)


Workshop Topics


7:10 - 7:50 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Visit Exhibits


7:50 - 8:00 am


Robert J. O'Leary, DPM, Immediate Past President, MPMS

8:00 - 8:40 am

Bio Stats Done Fast - Evaluating Research – Point/Counterpoint

"Fake news" is surprisingly commonplace in medical literature: poorly designed trials, countless confounders, researcher biases, cherry picked patients, industry funded and manipulated studies, and just overall misleading statistics of low clinical import.  Our credibility as physicians depends on dispensing evidence based practical and effective treatments, yet there's frequently misleading evidence guiding our practices and we have to be able to sift thru the drivel to find the diamonds.  Forget the regression analysis and leave the chi square at home, this EBM and biostats crash course lecture is how to make quick assessments of a scientific article's credibility and help make sense of the presented findings to better optimize patient care.

Kyle Bruce, DPM, Riverbend Medical Group

8:40 - 9:35 am

How to Conduct Research in Podiatry

The talk will focus on developing self-assessment skills on what research project you can accomplish in the time you have with the resources you can attract.  While the focus will be on projects for residents, fellows, and junior faculty; research pearls will be given for senior faculty.  Topics will include developing a research question with pearls for literature searches and study design.  Tips will be shared for attracting mentors, engineers, and basic scientists for collaboration.  Industry trial opportunities will be discussed from disclosure agreement, feasibility assessment and site survey, finding a clinical research coordinator, clinical trial agreement, intellectual property considerations, and IRB application from protocol development.  

James Wrobel, DPM, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, University of Michigan

9:35 – 10:35 am

Best Practices: Acute & Chronic Opioid Management and Peri-Operative Planning 

This presentation will include a summary of the current legislation which has undergone updates since its original enactment, how to review and interpret provider peer comparison reports from the DPH, using the MassPAT effectively, including delegates, planning for and managing acute and post-surgical pain in  patients already on medication such as methadone and suboxone, and variation in prescriber practices.
The presentation will include approx. 35-40 min of presentation with time for questions and discussion thereafter.

Lars E. Reinhold, MD, MBA, Chair of Internal Medicine & Associate Chief Medical Officer, Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, MA

10:35 - 11:05 am

Break & Visit Exhibits


11:05 - 12:00 pm

The Value Equation in Health Care: Tackling $3 Trillion in Spending

David Seltz is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Heath Policy Commisssion (HPC), an independent state agency that develops policy with the goals of reducing health care cost growth and improving the quality of patient care.  Mr. Seltz will speak to the HPC's mission of advancing a more transparent, accountable, and innovative health care system and the HPC’s goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth.

Mr. Seltz will address issues of particular interest to the MPMS audience such as hospital mergers and acquisitions (e.g.  BIDMC-Lahey and the expansion of the Partners system).  Other topics will include:  provider price variation, emergency room usage as a cost driver, and the role of private practice in the overall health system.  

David Seltz, Executive Director at Health Policy Commission

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Lunch & Visit Exhibits


12:45 - 1:00 pm

Experience with the Public Health Fellowship

Dr. Shih will share his experiences at The Dartmouth Institute as an APMA public health fellow and will include both his academic experiences as well as life outside of work.  The goal of this presentation is to introduce an opportunity to anyone who is interested in learning about the relationships between health policy, health care finance and evidence-based practice.

Chia-Ding (JD) Shih, DPM, MA, American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)/The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) Public Health Fellow

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Remarkable Stories from Medical Missions: Local Doctors Share Their Experience

In this session, each speaker will discuss in detail his personal experience of a mission trip.  They will review the purpose of their trips, the types of cases performed, and the planning of their own future mission trips.  

Donald Adams, DPM,  Framingham Podiatry Associates

Alfred J. Phillips, DPM, Steward Health Care

1:45 - 2:05 pm

Alternative Payments/Bundles Payments – MACRA, MIPPS

This session will review the current state of the MIPS program for the 2018 performance year, how it differs from the 2017 performance year, and how participating in the program can improve patient care. We will also discuss alternative payment models, podiatry’s role and the changing healthcare delivery system.

Dyane Tower, DPM, MS, MPH, Director of Clinical Affairs at American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

2:05 - 2:20 pm

APMA Update

This session will review the current state of APMA and our offerings/resources regarding a number of programs and topics, including, but not limited to, opioids, medical marijuana, scope of practice, MIPS and the APMA Registry.

Dyane Tower, DPM, MS, MPH, Director of Clinical Affairs at American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

2:20 - 2:30 pm

Break & Visit Exhibits

2:30 - 3:30 pm

From House Calls to Hospitals; Practice Options for 2018 and Beyond

This will be a panel discussion with a short introduction of each panelist by moderator, Dr Susan Walsh.  Introductory remarks by the moderator will reference the overall trends of US physician employment and predicted health care workforce needs.  The panelists (Drs. Deepa Jhaveri, Caroline Gauthier, Martin Harris, Charles Ross, and Daren Bergman) will each spend approximately 5-10 minutes describing his/her current practice situation and the influences and decisions that impacted the practice environment for each.

The panelists have been chosen to reflect a spectrum of age and years in practice, as well as gender, geographic location in the state, as well as a diversity of practice types from the VA to private practice to large health system.

Questions from the audience will follow and further discussion is anticipated.

Daren Bergman, DPM, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Caroline Gauthier, DPM,  Reading Foot & Ankle Specialists

Martin Harris, DPM, Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Deepa Jhaveri, DPM, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center & MGH

Dorothy Kurtz, DPM, Osiris Therapeutics

Charles F. Ross, DPM, V.A. Medical Center