Jimmie Earl Lewis III
Jimmie Earl Lewis III
How is it that the APMA invited you to the meeting?
I was very fortunate to be chosen as one of fifteen students selected from the nine podiatry schools, including three from Barry University, to receive the 2021 Travel Scholarship, awarded by the APMA Educational Foundation. The Travel Scholarship allowed me to attend the national APMA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver this past July 29 – August 1.
My social media platforms have become known since the summer before starting podiatry school in the Fall of 2020. I have an Instagram page called @j.lewispodiatry and a website called www.jlewispodiatry.com that promotes and advocates for the field of podiatry. I also created my platforms because I want people to understand my story and DO NOT GIVE UP! I will continue to be one of the advocates for podiatric medicine and motivate every student to conquer their dreams and discover the world that lies ahead of them. Throughout my years in podiatry school, my goal is to be a leader in recruiting more students to the field and increasing diversity at all podiatric medical schools across the United States. I will continue to push for excellence and do everything possible to add to others’ educational experiences. The APMA has been following my journey and invited me to the convention to meet other podiatrists and Board of Trustees who continue to impact the field like myself. I was able to meet renowned podiatrists such as Drs. William Long, David Amstrong, and more. This experience was incredible, and I look forward to attending the National in future years to come.
How is it that you were selected for the award, was there an application process involved? What was the criteria?
First, I would like to thank the APMA again for the fantastic hospitality, the evidence of the younger generation's involvement, and the non-CECH lecture luncheons from renowned professors in the field. Even though the 2020/2021 year has had many challenges, this convention allowed me to meet fellow peers from the other podiatric medical schools, colleagues that I follow on my social media platform, and meet the Board of Trustees members and their families. Nevertheless, the APMA Educational Foundation announced this travel scholarship in April. Each student was supposed to create a one-minute video describing why they wanted to attend the convention, describe how this experience will impact their schooling, and finally describe why and which educational workshops they wanted to attend. Fifteen students were selected from the nine podiatry schools, and three students were selected from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine.
In addition to the travel scholarships, this year's competition featured the first-ever Physician's Choice Award, a travel scholarship specifically chosen by a select group of dedicated supporters within the APMA, physicians, and dear friends of the foundation. I was honored to be selected for the award.
I also have a strong interest in public health disparities, wound care, and sports medicine in the field of podiatry. I want to learn more about these branches of podiatry through the organizations at Barry and the Barry Foot and Ankle Institute Clinic pretty soon.
Advice to Classmates and Colleagues
And for advice to my classmates and colleagues at the other podiatry schools, please try to attend the convention next year. I know attending a convention can be a challenge both financially and professionally. However, if you are fortunate enough to have a supportive environment that allows for convention attendance, do not miss out on an outstanding professional development opportunity. I hope to see you all there in the future.
POD Class of 2023 Hosts First-Ever Hybrid Residency Fair
The School of Podiatric Medicine and the Class of 2023 finished the summer season with an impressive first by turning their Annual Residency Fair into a hybrid event. The Residency Fair, which celebrated its 16th year on August 28, 2021, connects students with residency programs from across the country and encourages them to explore their options for clerkship designation.
As hosts of this year’s fair, the Class of 2023 chose to welcome residency program representatives—including some Barry alums—both in person and virtually. “Our students were able to interact with more than 37 residency programs,” says Dr. Shanika Hill, Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Podiatric Medicine. More than 70 students attended the Fair, which was sponsored in part by Bako Diagnostics . While in-person residency representation was strong at 25 programs, the virtual option enabled more far-flung programs to join the fun. In total, the Fair welcomed representatives from programs in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, DC, Indiana, Connecticut, and Virginia. “We are proud of our students’ engagement in the process and are appreciative of the time and effort from the programs,” says Dr. Hill.
Quotes from Dr. Shanika Hill, Associate Dean of Clinical Education
“Our students were able to interact with more than 37 Residency Programs from across the country to provide them with a personal connection to assist them with their choice of clerkship designation. We are proud of our students’ engagement in the process and are appreciative of the time and effort from the programs”
“Additionally, it was a proud moment to see our graduates/DPM from the Cohorts of 2019, 2020 and 2021 representing their respective residency program”
Laboratory Research in BUSPM
Dr. Enrique Rosario Aloma
The grant is to study microbial effects on tumors. We are aiming to study the effect of lactobacillus acidophilus on 3 of the most common soft tissue sarcomas in the lower extremities: melanoma, fibrosarcoma and liposarcoma. We have preliminary data that shows not only inhibition of growth, but death of tumor cells in vitro. The first stage is to treat the tumor cell cultures with the bacteria and analyze the results. Stage 2 is to mutate the bacteria and transform it, making it able to produce tumor necrosis factor alpha, an apoptosis inducing compound produced by white blood cells. Stage 3 is to build an animal model using a microscopic worm, infect it with the tumor and then treat it with the mutated strain. We also have a smaller scale project, studying the effect of lactobacillus on pseudomonas biofilm.
White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2023
Stage party consisting of faculty, guests, and the President's Cabinet
Class of 2023
Guest Speaker- Dr. Marie Williams
Dr. Snyder (Dean)
The Yucatan Children’s Project is Back
This was the first Yucatan Children's Project trip in nearly 1.5 years. Previous quarterly trips were cancelled and rescheduled due to international COVID quarantine policies. Accordingly, this trip was intended to perform limited surgical procedures and numerous consults. In essence, the latest visit was designed to start up the program again and position the mission for future trips. As a result of these consults, several surgeries are scheduled for November when the team returns for their next quarterly visit.
These volunteer doctors travel to the Yucatán and screen children with severe and disabling foot and leg disorders. Several children are then scheduled for reconstructive surgery at a local hospital. A Mexican orthopedic surgeon assists and helps to provide the postoperative care necessary in these cases.
About the Yucatan Project
Dr. Charles Southerland is presented with a special cake to celebrate 25 years of the project.
The Dr. Charles C. Southerland Jr. Yucatan Children’s project began as an outgrowth of humanitarian relief after hurricane Gilbert ripped through the region in 1988. Dr. Southerland, a professor of podiatric medicine at Barry University, worked with health care professionals and public officials in Mexico, and vowed to bring medical care to crippled children in the Yucatan as an ongoing project.
On July 4, 1996, Dr. Southerland led a team of podiatric physicians on a medical mission to Merida, Mexico, to perform surgery on disadvantaged, physically disabled children from the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Yucatan project has treated more than 7,600 children through the years. Many kids will now be able to smile as well as realize they can walk like other children.
Physicians display their certificates.