Volume 5, Number 8 - August 2018
Deputy Board Chairman Dr. Rock Positano Advocates for Podiatry with White House Advisor Kudlow and Other Washington Contacts

Rock Positano, DPM, Deputy Board Chairman, left, presents Larry Kudlow, the chief White House economic advisor, with the APMA fact sheet about the threat to the podiatric profession posed by the CMS proposal and, shows his appreciation! Mr. Kudlow ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­said he would bring the issue of reclassification of podiatrists to the attention of Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    At the most recent Board meeting in August, Michael Trepal, DPM, VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of Academic Affairs, told the Trustees that CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has proposed altering the reimbursement methodology for podiatrists, which would alter reimbursement for podiatric services; podiatrists could see reimbursements reduced 30-35% per Medicare patient, he said. . . . Read more
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Class of 2022 Receives White Coats

In a ceremony both solemn and joyous, members of the Class of 2022 donned their new white coats in front of proud families and friends at the New York Academy of Medicine on August 22nd. The 78 first-year students had been welcomed with a Hudson River cruise on the previous Saturday, went through orientation on the Monday, and on Wednesday, slipped into the tangible symbols of the medical profession they seek. ... Read more
Get to Know ...
NYCPM Faculty 
NYCPM Faculty
Marianne Surasi, BSN, DPM ('90), DABMSP
Clinical Instructor
"My podiatry degree has allowed me a great deal of flexibility over the years," Dr. Surasi states, and her journey as a podiatrist demonstrates a world of possibilities.
   First, Dr. Surasi studied nursing, earning an associate's degree in nursing from St. Francis College and then a BSN from the College of Staten Island. She worked as a staff nurse for about six years after graduation, and became interested in podiatry through a podiatrist who worked at the same hospital.
    After graduating from NYCPM in ... Read more
Summer is for International Collaborations at NYCPM
This summer, NYCPM hosted an international array of professionals.
   In mid-summer, 10 podologists from Spain came to NYCPM for a week of study in cadaver surgery in the College's Bako Anatomy Lab, under the direction of Professor Ricardo de Bengoa Vallejo, DPM ('95), PhD, and Professor Marta Los Iglesias, PhD of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, with Michael J. Trepal, DPM ('81), NYCPM's Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean. The two course directors, along with Professor Juan Carlos Carrera Merino, BS Podiatry,  accompanied ... Read more

Spanish podologists celebrating the completion of their course at NYCPM were, left to right: Lucia Nebot Mult, Beatriz Soler Ruiz, Marta Blanco Moran, Christina Serrano Mora, Joyce Vanessa Rossi Witte, Yudit Santiago Carús, Dr. Juan Carlos Carrera Merino (Professor), Natalia Machuca Campos, Dr. Trepal, Dr. Ricardo Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo (Professor), Juan Carlos Montero Madej, Joel Sturm, NYCPM COO.
2018 Residency Fair Was ... Big!
At the Residency Fair, left to right, Jeffrey Portnow, representing event sponsor Bako Diagnostics; Anthony R. Iorio, DPM, MPH; and 2018 NYCPM Residency Fair Coordinators, from left to right: 
Zab'di Sanchez Prada, Mario Porciello-Donnarumma, and Yumna Siddiqui (all Class of 2020). 

Late July's 2018 Residency Fair was a big success - big in welcoming 63 residency programs from 14 states to NYCPM! Eight-seven students from the Class of 2020 attended the fair, aided by 23 volunteers from the Class of 2021 as well as three volunteers from the January Class of 2022. 
   Many of the program tables were staffed by NYCPM alumni, a big help to the third-years who seek on-the-ground information. Kudos to the organizers (see photo) and all volunteers and many thanks to event sponsor Bako Diagnostics. Photos
Leifer Invited to Review
Zev Leifer, PhD , Professor of Pre-Clinical Sciences, has been invited to be a reviewer for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. The article for review is in the field of Digital Pathology/Virtual Microscopy, which has been an area of his recent professional activity, including teaching a course using those techniques. He says he has already submitted his review to the Journal.
NYCPM's ACE Members Join Health Expo at SUNY Optometry
ACE, NYCPM's Health Practitioners' Society, participated in the 
Health and Wellness Expo 2018, University Eye Center's open house, at SUNY College of Optometry in midtown Manhattan on Saturday August 4. ACE participants were, left to right, back row: Laurel Yee, Michael Hsieh, Anuj Paul, Hayley Goodall, Sharaara Rahman, Frederick Kaestel, Elizabeth Franger, Sanjna Sanghvi. Front row: Ria Sajnani, Jobin Matthew, Stephanie Solanki, Karla De La Mata, all Class of 2020. The NYCPM students provided free foot screenings to attendees.
Upcoming Community Events
Saturday, September 15, 12-4pm, Black Men's Health Fair and Forum, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, New York 10027. NYCPM/FCNY will provide screenings and information.

Second Annual Party on the Park! Organized by NHEMA, Sunday, September 30, 12-4pm , Park Avenue from 118th to 125th Streets (southbound side), closed to traffic and open to people. NYCPM/FCNY will provide screenings and information.
NYCPM's 2018 Alumni Gala is October 20!
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Ellen Lubell, Editor