Volume 7, Number 7-8, July-August 2020
New Health Disparities Website Raises Awareness;
Swartz Textbook Includes Effect of Bias on Clinicians
Graphic from new NYCPM Health Disparities website.

A vital new resource guide for podiatrists and medical personnel of all stripes has just been published on the NYCPM website. The Library (Research) Guides: Health Disparities, assembled and designed by Medical Librarian Lorraine Chun Ng, is a dense but lively page of links to resources and tools under various relevant headings, including Cultural Humility, Black Lives Matter, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) (including World Health Organization and CDC links), a Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP tool) from the Prevention ... Read more
Two Receive New Violet A. Bradley Memorial Scholarship Established by Alumna Tomika Coleman, DPM

On July 16th, NYCPM received a check for $3,000, the first installment of the new annual Violet A. Bradley Memorial Scholarship, established by alumna Tomika Coleman, DPM (’12), photo at right. Named for Dr. Coleman’s beloved grandmother, $1,500 will be awarded yearly to each of the two APMSA ... Read more
Donation to NYCPM Supports Biomechanics Seminar and Gait Studies

For the eighth year in a row, an appreciative celebrity patient of Joseph C. D’Amico, DPM (right in photo) has made a considerable donation to both support NYCPM’s Annual Richard O. Schuster Memorial Biomechanics Seminar as well as biomechanics research at NYCPM’s Richard O. Schuster gait laboratory. The grateful patient was cured of persistent heel pain by Dr. D’Amico.
The 2020 Schuster Seminar, to be held November 7 and 8, will be in a hybrid format for the first time: attendees will be able to participate in person or virtually. The annual Schuster Biomechanics Seminar has become the premier seminar devoted exclusively to podiatric biomechanics, featuring a faculty of who’s who in this discipline. Dr. D’Amico is the scientific chair of the seminar as well as professor and past chair of the Department of Orthopedic Sciences at NYCPM.

Photo above: Dr. Michael J.Trepal, left, accepts the donation check from Dr. Joseph C. D'Amico from the same donor in 2019.
Get to Know ...
NYCPM Faculty -

Elizabeth Bonarigo, DPM (’16)
Instructor, Department of Medical Sciences


One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Elizabeth Bonarigo, obtained her B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University in 2012. She graduated cum laude from NYCPM in 2016 and went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel under the directorship of David Gitlin, DPM (’02). Dr. Bonarigo says she is grateful for all that she has learned from her attendings and colleagues over the last four years. The most important takeaway: to practice with civility, respect,  ... Read more
Senior Experiences Gratifying Surgical Rotation at NUMC;
Podiatric Chief, Dr. Robert Stabile,
Would Welcome More NYCPM Students

On July 31, fourth-year student Michael Rutkowski (right) wrote a glowing review to Kevin Jules, DPM (’84), Professor and Chair, Department of Surgical Sciences, about an alternative rotation, that was still able to meet all educational outcomes and learning objectives. According to Michael Rutkowski, who is also Student Association Vice President, a large number of externships had been cancelled in July due to COVID-19 and NYCPM put more students who were unable to ... Read more
Student News
Student Advocacy Week Stirs Action

July 23 – 25 was Student Advocacy Week at NYCPM. Led by the College’s APMSA National Delegates Ayushi Deshwal, left and Nayab Khan, right (both 2023), the Advocacy focused on two actions and three issues in need of the students’ support. Ms. Deshwal urged students to write letters to their Congressional representatives, and to donate, no matter how little, to the APMA PAC (APMA’s Political Action Committee) and to APMA POP (Protecting Our Profession). 
The three issues the E-Advocacy concentrated on were: 1) the HELLPP Act (HR 2235), which would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and recognize doctors of podiatric medicine as physicians, thus ensuring that Medicaid patients have access to the care of trained providers ... Read more
Good Part I Board Results for Class of 2022;
Graduates’ Scores Are Above Average on ABFAS Exam

On July 29, Michael J. Trepal, DPM (’81), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, announced that out of the 64 first-time takers of APMLE Part I from the Class of 2022, 61 passed, resulting in a 95.3% pass rate. “Given the adverse conditions students faced during this COVID-19 pandemic, this is a truly impressive showing. We should all be proud of 2022 and the faculty who instructed them,” he added.
On August 20, Dr. Trepal announced that NYCPM graduates consistently performed above the national average on the recent American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) in-training exam administered annually to graduates serving in podiatric residencies! The exams are difficult to say the least, says Dr. Trepal. He shared a score report provided by the ABFAS, showing how our graduates performed in relation to composite data from all of the colleges of podiatric medicine. This is an important metric for us, he stated.

NYCPM Graduate Elected President of AAWP

The American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) elected Karen Langone, DPM (’86), its president for 2020-21. The immediate past president is Jennifer Spector, DPM. Source: PM News
Alumnus Obituary

Barry Alan Rudin, DPM (Class of 1976)

Dr. Barry Rudin passed away recently. He initially practiced in Nassau County, Long Island and was on the executive board of the Nassau County division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. He eventually moved to Florida and practiced in Boca Raton, FL; he was a father and grandfather. Source: PM News