Last week Doctors Hatch, Vaardahl and Atherton attended The 72nd Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons in Orlando Florida. Over 1,200 foot and ankle surgeons from around the world attended to discuss cutting edge clinical and practice management topics. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of over 7,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its patient education website, FootHealthFacts.org.
While there Dr. Vaardahl judged scientific posters pertaining to research on various foot and ankle conditions. He also met with other residency directors from across the United States to brainstorm how they could make foot and ankle surgery education better in the hospitals. Dr. Vaardahl is also the Membership Committee Chair for ACFAS. This required him to attend several meetings with students, residents, and committee members to discuss educational enhancement for these groups.
Dr. Hatch recorded 2 Podcasts and delivered 4 lectures while at ACFAS this year. He spoke about lisfranc fractures, Clubfoot deformities, heel pain, flat foot and cavus foot with tendon transfers. Dr. Hatch spends much of his spare time preparing for lectures such as these as he often travels all around the United States to speak about foot and ankle conditions.
The 4 day seminar is a great teaching and learning opportunity for our doctors who strive to stay up to date on current foot and ankle trends. They take great pride in their work and are tremendous advocates for continuing education. Northern Colorado is lucky to have such a great group of podiatrists in the area!