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New York ABMSP Professional Booth

Jan 20 2018 08:30:29 PM

New York ABMSP Professional Booth

Staffing the ABMSP Booth at the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, from left to right, are John Coleman, DPM, Director, ABMSP, Chair, ABMSP Social Media Program, Jenna Ayala, Association Manager, Caroline Tiglio, DPM, Director, ABMSP, Chair, ABMSP Distinguished Authors Series, and Board Vice President, Michael Salter, DPM.  Great interest in the Board’s new certification in Geriatric Podiatry, as experienced at the SAM (Florida Podiatric Medical Association) meeting earlier this month, continued in New York. The booth was very active with numerous inquiries regarding how a practicing podiatrist can achieve this certification based on their existing “portfolio” of experience and without a written exam. For further information, call Jenna Ayala at the Board’s New York office: 888-852-1442.

Podiatrist of the Year, Stephen M. Meritt, DPM

Mar 31 2017 12:41:32 AM

Earl Horowitz, DPM and Stephen Meritt, DPM

Earl Horowitz, DPM and Stephen Meritt, DPM

We are proud to present this year’s Podiatrist of the Year, Stephen M. Meritt, DPM. Dr. Meritt has represented the ABMSP with honor, performing many years of selfless service to our organization, including his work as a surgical case reviewer for our Certification in Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Meritt graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and has practiced in Jacksonville, FL since completing his surgical residency in 1975. He is a Past President of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and was a long time Delegate to the American Podiatric Medical Association. He currently chairs the Quality Assurance Committee, the Hospital Committee, and was the Association’s Medicare Liaison.

Dr. Meritt is also a consultant to the Florida Medicare carrier and BCBS of Florida. He was Chairman of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery for UF Health Jacksonville and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Dr. Meritt was also the founding director of the Podiatric Residency Program at the University of Florida. He has also served two terms on the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an expert of the Prosectring Services Unit of the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Meritt was honored as Podiatrist of the Year in 1995 and Practitioner of the Year in 1998 by the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Meritt was also honored as one of the Top 175 podiatrists in the United States by Podiatry Management in October 2006. He was published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery in May/June 2014, Volume 55, Number 3. Upon retirement from the University of Florida in 2014 he joined the Veteran’s Health Administration in Jacksonville, FL.

Congratulations Dr. Meritt for a career well done and for being our Podiatrist of the Year!

Distinguished Authors Series
The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry or its Directors.

Podiatric Physicians: Essential to Insuring Comprehensive, Coordinated, and Collaborative Care Especially in the Elderly Community

Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH

Professor Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine


Charimedes or Temperance, a play written by Plato in 380 BCE, includes the following statement: “ {A}s you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the Soul. And this … is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas (i.e., Greece), because they disregard the whole, which ought to be studied also, for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Plato, not knowing anything about podiatric medicine, could certainly have used the profession as an example of what he was espousing. The profession with all of its progress in the last 100 years including its adoption of the title podiatric physician, too often in practice perceives itself as essentially practitioners who prevent, diagnose, and treat problems of the pedal extremity. Indeed that is a valuable and essential set of health care services and should not be denigrated. However, podiatric medicine’s potential has yet to be fully perceived as an integral part of medical practice, not yet holding the same license as physicians from such specialties as otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.

Perhaps the aging of the population of the nation provides the key for podiatric medicine to achieve that recognition, facilitating its integration into the mainstream of health care. Between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its older population. In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double the estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012. By 2030, 20.3 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be 65 years of age and over, compared with 13.7 percent in 2012. As a result it can be projected that the prevalence of chronic disease will likely also increase considerably because of the vulnerability of the older population as well as the continued increase in the conversion of acute diseases to becoming chronic. (1) This includes the major increase in the population of people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoarthritis.

This provides podiatric medicine with the opportunity to become a major part of continuous, comprehensive, and collaborative health care. Whether a first visit or follow-up visit, all podiatric patients, particularly the elderly, should have included in their physical examination blood pressure determination, assessment of the patient’s gait, overall skin color, ability to communicate, and a determination of whether they are complying with directions provided by other members of the health care team. Since podiatric physicians often see their patients more frequently than other physicians especially in those who require monthly or semimonthly nail care, they are in a position to participate as an essential component of the process of continuous care. For example, a patient who is being treated for hypertension and is identified by the podiatric physician to have dangerously high blood pressure could be sent to their primary care physician, perhaps averting a serious complication. It is not enough to take ones blood pressure at the first visit to the podiatric physician. By routinely doing so at every visit the DPM becomes truly part of the process of comprehensive, collaborative, and continuous care. Indeed there can be little doubt that if such management existed throughout the podiatric medical community, the profession’s essential role will be recognized by both healthcare providers and the general public.


1. Ortman J, Victoria A, Velkoff, V, and Hogan H . An aging nation: The older population in the United States. Estimates and Projections Current Population Reports Issued May 2014 P25-1140, United States Census Bureau.


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President’s Message

As reported in the last newsletter, ABMSP has been considering the development of a new certification in Geriatric Podiatry. Since then we have participated in two trade shows where we conducted a small survey. We found that the majority of those who stopped to talk with us support the idea of a certification in geriatric podiatry, therefore we have formed a task force to work on its development.

However, this “certification” may be awarded a little differently than with the usual computerized multiple choice examination. We will be considering a “portfolio” method, whereby a podiatrist can use a combination of years of experience, education, and perhaps even written cases or case studies, to earn the credential.

As the task force develops this new certification we welcome your input. What do you think would be important for a podiatrist to do in order to earn a Geriatric Podiatric Certification? Do you think a portfolio approach might be of interest to you? Please direct all responses to

Earl R. Horowitz, DPM
President, ABMSP