World-Renowned Diabetologist Presented Evidenced-Based Lecture to the SPM
Andrew J.M. Boulton, MD, FRCP
Dr. Andrew Boulton, world-renowned specialist and leading international expert on diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic foot disease, recently presented an evidenced-based lecture to our students on the challenges of treating patients with diabetes who develop foot ulcers.
Dr. Boulton served as President of the International Diabetes Federation for 2020-21. He currently serves as President of the Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education and is Chair of the European Alliance for Diabetes Research.
With more than 550 peer-reviewed publications, he has over 38 years of experience in research to understand causation and management of peripheral neuropathy and complex diabetic foot problems. Dr. Boulton is the Founding Chair of the Diabetic Foot Study Group, served as President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and has chaired the American Diabetes Association Working Party on the assessment of the diabetic foot, which resulted in the publication of the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam.
In the photo, from left to right: Dr. Sanjay Sesodia (Professor, Anatomy/Neurophysiology and Associate Dean), Dr. Andrew Boulton, Dr. Robert J. Snyder (Dean, School of Podiatric Medicine), and Dr. Graham Shaw (Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Chair of Pre-Clinical Sciences)
More recently, together with Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, he chaired the American Diabetes Association writing group on the 2017 Position Statement on diabetic neuropathy. He is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Harold Rifkin Award for distinguished international service in the field of diabetes. Dr. Boulton currently serves as a Consultant Physician (Diabetes) and Professor of Medicine at the University of Manchester in England and has a 36-year history of collaboration with the University of Miami that continues today.
Racing to Combat Hunger: 40,000 Meals in 4 Hours
The Barry University Health & Sports Center was alive with activity last November as students and employees raced to prepare 40,000 food packs, most bound for Haiti, in only four hours. The event, a partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, featured a human assembly line, with tables staffed by volunteers preparing the packs in record time. Dr. Shanika Hill and Sandra Rampersad represented the School of Podiatric Medicine packing meals.
The event was part of Barry University’s Founders’ Week celebration honoring the institution’s Adrian Dominican heritage and ideals, and it put into practice Barry’s enduring commitment to collaborative service.
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On the Horizon: BUSPM Partnership with PICA
Dr. Robert Snyder and President Mike Allen welcomed Dr. Ross Taubman, President and Chief Medical Officer of Podiatric Insurance Company of America (PICA), to Main Campus in January for a discussion on further growing the organization’s partnership with the School of Podiatric Medicine. We remain grateful for Dr. Taubman’s and PICA’s ongoing support and generosity to Barry. Looking forward to what comes next!
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Robert Snyder, Dean; Dr. Mike Allen, President; Dr. Ross Taubman, President and Chief Medical Officer of PICA; Bernadine Douglas, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Dr. John Murray, Provost.
Hands-on Experience: Mobile Surgical Lab Visits Campus
BUSPM received a two-day visit from a mobile operating room, where faculty, students, residents, and alumni were allowed to get hands-on experience with both forefoot and rearfoot surgeries.
From left to right: Dr. Aloma, Dr. Rodriguez, and Dr. Stewart – all clinical faculty within the BUSPM.
This was an educational event with a unique mobile truck carrying all the equipment inside for students, residents, and physicians to learn, practice, and enhance surgical skills. Companies like Synthes go around the nation offering this type of mobile education and training. This gives us a unique opportunity at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine to provide all students with hands-on experience, especially first- and second-year students who would otherwise have to wait until their third year to experience this type of environment.
This event allowed us to bring alumni who are currently in their respective residency programs in South Florida back to the school and have them interact with current students.
While the mobile lab was on campus, we performed both forefoot and rearfoot surgeries, including hammertoe correction, bunionectomies, open reduction with internal fixation of fractures, and flatfoot reconstructions.
Joining Forces: Podopediatrics and Biomechanics Clubs Organize Total Contact Casting Workshop
In February, the Podopediatrics Club and the Biomechanics Club joined forces to bring the Total Contact Cast workshop to second- and third-year students to teach them how to put on a total contact cast in a more efficient way in the office.
The Podopediatrics club is meant to bring awareness to the Pediatric subspeciality in Podiatry, and the Biomechanics club is meant to teach students about how the biomechanics of how people walk and move can cause various pathologies. The Podopediatrics Club (President Beejal Desai, Vice President Nicole Schultz, and Treasurer/Secretary Anurati Thiru) and the Biomechanics Club (President Josh Joseph, Vice President Malisha Pahari, and Treasurer Justine Blair) organized this workshop with the support of Dr. James Losito, Dr. Daniel Stewart, and Dr. Sunny Jhanji. The event was sponsored by Integra Life Sciences, represented by Cara Golbourne and it was a complete success.
Yucatán Children’s Project - Update
The November trip went as planned, except no surgeries were performed due to COVID. Numerous consults were performed at the D.I.F. Clinic located in Progreso.
The next trip, which included eight surgeries, was scheduled for February but was also delayed due to COVID and rescheduled for April 5. The April trip will bring together, for the first time in 25 years, Dr. Southerland (Director), Drs. Docker and Hutchinson (Seattle), and Dr. Hatch (Colorado). Dr. Rodriguez (Barry) will be attending as well, along with two residents from each program. Surgeries will be performed at the Orthopedic Red Cross Hospital located in Merida, and additional consults will be performed at the D.I.F. Clinic located in Progreso.
About the Yucatán Project
The Dr. Charles C. Southerland Jr. Yucatán 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, working with other health care professionals and public officials in Mexico, hoped to bring medical care to the children in the Yucatán as an ongoing project.
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine offers its students many opportunities to volunteer in the local and global community consistent with the mission of the institution. Select third- and fourth-year students are permitted to participate in the Yucatán Project mission trips, which normally take place several times per year. The team typically consists of one surgeon, three residents, and one student per trip.
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AAWP Supports Yucatán Project with a Toy Drive
My name is Zaib Latif-Jangda, and I am the current American Association of Women Podiatrists (AAWP) Chapter President. AAWP’s mission is to be the leading organization cultivating personal and professional development of female podiatry physicians through education, advocacy, leadership, mentorship, and networking endeavors.
The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM) chapter for AAWP has been involved in donating to the Yucatán Children’s Project for the past few years. Every semester, we work for the cause and collect toys or socks for children. Apart from that, we also donate to the Lotus House Women’s shelter, providing items such as blankets, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers, toothbrushes, and more.
Apart from our fundraisers, we hold meetings to help enrich the success and mentorship to our peers here at Barry. We have held meetings on how to have a successful first year to those new to the program. We have also held meetings to guide our second-year students in successfully passing their boards. We have also worked with the National AAWP members on how we can become better externs the following year.
Overall, AAWP aims to bring success to its members and those around us. We are so happy to have been able to donate all these toys for the past few years to the children in the Yucatán, and hope that this tradition continues.
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And the Winners Are ...
Each year, Human Resources hosts the Barry Excellence Awards, a recognition program created to honor staff members that show exemplary service and dedication to the institution. Award nominations are received in Human Resources and eligible nominations are compiled for review by members of the Administrative Staff Council (ASC). Top nominees per category are presented to the President’s Cabinet for final review and approval.
On this occasion, two of the four prestigious awards went to our very own SPM colleagues:
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Administrative Professional Award
This award, in honor of Barry University’s president from 1981-2004, is given for outstanding leadership and professional excellence in the area of administrative and/or technical support. The recipient of this award supports the mission of Barry University by their work ethic, leadership abilities, personal integrity, and contributions to the University and/or community.
Ianka Rodriguez – Winner
Office Manager for the Jackson North Clinic and Yucatán Project Coordinator
Impact Award for Excellence
This award honors an employee who has made remarkable contributions to the University within their first three years of employment. The winner demonstrates outstanding performance to enhance processes and/or operations resulting in improved services and has exemplified collaboration, innovation, teamwork, and embodiment of the University mission.
Dr. Steven Backer - Winner
Clinics Administrator over the three Barry Podiatric Medicine Clinics
Each award recipient received a monetary prize and a plaque presented by Dr. Mike Allen, Barry University President, during the “Day of Recognition” event in November.