Residency Directors Forum


Wednesday, February 8, 2023
12:00 – 6:30pm

Special CPME Dinner Session 6:30-7:30pm
Los Angeles Convention Center: Room TBD
6.0 CME Provided

Co-hosted by ACFAS and the AACPM Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH)

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12:00 pm
Check-in/Lunch Available

12:15-12:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction: We’re Going Hollywood!

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Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS

12:30 – 1:00 pm

GS1: Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain: Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

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Roya Mirmiran, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speaker: Ross Taubman, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: Welcome to generation Z. With evolution of new technology, your residents have easy access to everything across the world. Although your residents no longer use a highlighter, they can inappropriately highlight their work through social media. Let’s find out if you should ignore the man behind the curtain as we learn legal ramifications in misuse of social media. We will also explore how you can protect your program by reducing the risk of disseminating sensitive and patient related information in hands of wrong people. We will also discuss how best you can safely use available resources in social media to promote your program.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Learn the pitfalls of using technology in promoting your practice
  2. Be familiar with legal risks of sharing practice information on media
  3. Discuss risk management strategies in social media
  4. Explore methods to get the best out of social media and technology to share practice related information

1:00 – 1:30 pm

GS2: Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Milestones

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Jason Piraino, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: JT Marcoux, DPM, FACFAS; Keith Cook, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: Let’s take a trip back in time to last year…a review of milestones from an orthopaedic standpoint and what members of the CPME are proposing for the upcoming rewrite. Let’s follow the yellow brick road as we obtain and an understanding of the direction CPME intends to move with milestones and how it differs from the current orthopaedic milestones.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Review and understand the milestones in Orthopaedics
  2. Acquire strategies to implement milestones in their own programs
  3. Understand what is coming from CPME as it relates to milestones.

1:30 – 2:00 pm

GS3: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Podiatric Residency Programs

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Samantha Figas, DPM, AACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: Aimee Lipkis, Esq.; Laura Sansosti, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: A diverse physician workforce has been shown to positively impact health care access and patient outcomes. A step to increasing diversity in our field can begin with our residency programs. We will review current ACGME/CPME DEI requirements as well as discuss tools to advance diversity and build safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for our residents. Let’s enjoy the rainbow.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Review and understand the ACGME/CPME diversity requirements
  2. Identify strategies to increase diversity within your residency
  3. Identify strategies to creating inclusive learning environments for residents
  4. Understanding legal perspective of diversity and inclusion in healthcare and residencies

2:00 pm

BREAK (15 min): snacks and drinks available. Please use this time to visit organizational reps available for Q&A at their tabletop displays.


2:15 – 2:55 pm; 3:00 – 3:40pm; 3:45 – 4:25pm

Attendees will be assigned a track and will rotate through all three workshops

W1: How You Doin’? CPME Mock Site Visit

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Harry Schneider, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: Keith Cook, DPM, FACFAS; Charles Lombardi, DPM, FACFAS; JT Marcoux, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: A CPME site visit can be a daunting task which requires a tremendous amount of preparation. Let leaders in residency education help guide you through the nuisances of a site visit. Whether this is your first site visit, or you are a pro, we can all learn together: this session’s goal is to make the visit smoother for everyone. Let’s talk about “How You Doin’” and let experienced directors share their tips and tricks to make the site visit run smoothly.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose of a CPME site visit.
  2. Identify ways to prepare for a CPME site visit
  3. Understand necessary preparation and documentation for a site visit
  4. Understand timeline of a site visit

W2: We Have a Really Big Show Tonight: Curriculum Building for Residencies

Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: Larry DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAS; Jason Miller, DPM, FACFAS; Mike Vaardahl, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: This is a big show! This session covers the curriculum in podiatric medical and surgical residency programs. A panel of experienced program directors will center their discussions on programmatic review. An emphasis will be placed on utilizing the feedback from ‘Annual Self-Assessment’ and your own internal programmatic reviews. Topics also to be included are faculty engagement, new resident orientation, improving didactic experiences, logging, research, vendor relationships, administrative resources and responsibilities. This workshop is intended to be a collective activity to implement best practices.

Learning objectives - Attendings will be able to:

  1. Acquire skills to use their programmatic review to improve and just the curriculum
  2. Utilize feedback from the ‘Annual Self-Assessment’ data refine the curriculum
  3. Improve didactic activities and faculty engagement
  4. Develop effective research process and programs
  5. Assess and improve administrative resources and responsibilities

W3: Smarter than the Average Bear: Faculty Development A to Z

Jason Piraino, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: Allan Boike, DPM, FACFAS; Laura Sansosti, DPM, FACFAS; Shital Sharma, DPM, FACFAS; Kevin Smith, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

Abstract: This session was designed to enhance the expertise and skills of your faculty through the development of strategies to assist with a variety of educational topics. Let’s get smarter than the average bear and enhance your faculty’s ability to: effectively assess residents, educate them, and to promote diversity and equality.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Acquire strategies to aid in your faculties development
  2. Gain knowledge on how to train faculty in resident assessments
  3. Understand how to educate and promote diversity and equality in resident education

4:25 pm

BREAK (10 min) – Beverages provided; second CME sign-in required.

4:35 – 6:25 pm

GS4: CPME 320/330 Roll-Out for Directors

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Jason Piraino, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

Speakers: Keith Cook, DPM, FACFAS; JT Marcoux, DPM, FACFAS

Abstract: Every six years, the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) conducts a comprehensive review of its standards, requirements, and procedures associated with its evaluation activities of its accredited residency programs. In 2020, the Council began review of its CPME 320 publication, Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies. Hear the outcomes of this review, next steps in the adoption of any last revisions and changes to the podiatric medical residency education standards, and how residency directors should incorporate these changes into their teaching methods.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic changes in the new CPME 320
  2. Comprehend how to adapt to the new requirements
  3. Gain an understanding of how to incorporate these changes into their faculty and own teaching methods

6:25 pm

That’s All Folks: Residency Directors Forum Closing

Randy Dei, DPM, FACFAS, Moderator

The CME portion of this year’s Residency Directors Forum has come to an end. Please feel free to collect your CME certificate now and stay on for dinner and a special session with information from CPME on site evaluator instructions on implementation of the changes to the CPME 320/330 documents into future site evaluations. Dinner RSVP required pre-event.

6:30 pm

BREAK (10 min) – Dinner Buffet, courtesy of CPME

6:40 – 7:30 pm

Special Session – CPME Site Evaluators*

In this final hour, on-site evaluators will be provided special instructions on the changes to the CPME 320/330 documents and how they should be incorporated into future program evaluations. This will be a working dinner meeting. All residency directors are welcome to attend to get a sneak-preview of future site visit updates.

*Please note – CECH will not be provided for this special session.