Iowa Podiatric Medical Society Heartland Foot and Ankle Conference: Assistants/Nurses Track

Des Moines, IA US
October 5, 2017 to October 6, 2017


To register please visit the conference website. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Kruse at 


IPMS is committed to improving patient care outcomes by offering continuing education that promote learning for nurses working in podiatric offices and clinics. IPMS educational offerings will assist nurses in increasing their knowledge and skills to enable positive patient care experiences.


Thursday, October 5
8 amRally Your Communication Mojo!
Brenda Clark Hamilton
  • Understand what it means to communicate with your audience in mind.
  • Identify “real-world” examples of productive and non-productive workplace communications.
  • Explore a step-by-step framework for having difficult conservations in ways that increase the likelihood of the conservation remaining calm and productive.
  • Learn several strategies for de-escalating emotionally charged conservations.
10 am Break
10:30 amA Systematic Approach to Etiologic Based Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers 
Jeffrey Wienke, DPM 
  • Become aware of the risks and morbidity associated with diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Understand the appropriate work up of a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer.
  • Identify the etiology of diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Suggest etiologic based treatments. 
11:15 amDiabetic Foot Ulcer: A Balancing Act
Amanda Vervaecke, ARNP, CWON 
  • Define a diabetic foot ulceration.
  • Learn about contact casts and what works best.
  • Review topical antimicrobial treatments.
  • Discuss different types of edema control.
12 pmLunch
1 pmThe Importance of Office Staff Understanding How Patients Walk!
Louis DeCaro, DPM 
  • Identify the basic biomechanical principles of the foot and lower extremity as a function of gait.
  • Recognize the affect pathological foot conditions have upon normal gait.
  • Understand why conditions occur, why doctors fix them, the way they do, and why orthotics are so important in patient care. 
2 pmFitting and Dispensing Orthotics, Custom Braces and Diabetic Shoe with Inserts
Phil Mefford, CPO 
  • Gain knowledge on the diabetic foot.
  • Learn about disorders of the forefoot, mid-foot, and hind-foot. 
  • Gain knowledge on pedorthic care of the diabetic foot. 
  • Learn about the use and application of AFO’s.
3 pm

Orthotic Casting: Foam Box and Plaster
Phil Mefford, CPO 

  • Discuss methods of pedorthic care of the forefoot, mid-foot, and hind-foot utilizing orthotic casting.
  • Demonstrate fiberglass AFO casting.
3:30 pmBreak
4 pmGeneral Anatomy, Forefoot and Hammertoe Surgeries
Mindi Dayton, DPM, FACFAS 
  • Provide a general overview on the anatomy of the foot.
  • Discuss procedures for bunion surgeries.
  • Discuss procedures for hammertoe surgeries.
  • Identify other common forefoot surgical procedures. 
5 pmAdjourn
Friday, October 6
8 amCritical Thinking for the Imaging Professional
Doreen Towsley-Cook, MAE, RT, FAEIRS
  • Define the characteristics of critical thinking.
  • Recognize the importance of critical thinking in the imaging services.
  • Employ strategies to enhance critical thinking in the imaging services to improve patient care. 
  • Share creative methods of incorporating critical and creative thinking in the imaging services.
  • Discuss scenarios involving problem solving with critical thinking.
10 amBreak
10:30 amEclectic Imaging Part II
Doreen Towsley- Cook, MAE, RT, FAEIRS
  • Consider the professional obligation involved with the practice of radiation protection. 
  • Identify issues affecting radiographic positioning pertinent to general and limited radiographers.
  • Provide an introduction to forensic radiology and how it may affect all levels of imaging professionals.
  • Discuss methods of patient education to include explanation of the use of ionizing radiation.
  • Participate in a question and answer session involving professional issues and concerns.
11:30 am

Geriatric Imaging
Doreen Towsley- Cook, MAE, RT, FAEIRS

  • Define geriatrics, theories of aging, geriatric diversity, and profile older Amerincans.
  • Identify imaging professionals role and JCAHO criteria.
  • Discuss effects of again and provide appropriate geriatric patient care, including issues of informed consent and autonomy.
  • Recognize elder abuse.
  • Be knowledgeable concerning legal issues involved in geriatric imaging. 
  • Employ appropriate technique and exposure, radiation protection, and positioning for geriatric patients.
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmWho Wants to be a Millionaire: Podiatry Edition
Mindi Dayton, DPM, FACFAS 
  • Recognize common podiatric biomechanical pathologies.
  • Describe the appropriate medical, biomechanical, or surgical treatments for common foot and ankle pathologies.
  • Discuss the current evidence for the treatment of common foot and ankle deformities.
2:30 pmInformation on Prescription Drug Program
Jennifer Tiffany, RPh
  • Explain the capabilities and functionalities of the Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs).
  • Identify the legislative changes necessary to improve the effectiveness of the Iowa PMP.
  • Provide examples of policies and procedures that position practitioners to effectively balance the provision of healthcare with protection of the patient and the public.
3:30 pmThe Perfect Storm of Opportunities: Prescription Drugs to Heroin and Illicit Fentanyl
Andrew Funk, PharmD
  • Describe the history and trends of the opioid epidemic nationally, regionally, and locally.
  • Become familiar with how to recognize “red Flag” behavior.
  • Understand treatment and referral options available for opioid use disorder.
  • Describe the tools available to help reduce the diversion and abuse of opioid prescription drugs. 
4 pmAdjourn


The following speakers and planning committee members have no conflicts with commercial interests to disclosure.

  • Janet Carbone, Planning Committee
  • Brenda Clark Hamilton, Speaker
  • Louis DeCaro, DPM, Speaker
  • Andrew Funk, PharmD, Speaker
  • Kim Heineman, Planning Committee
  • Kevin Kruse, JD, CAE, Planning Committee
  • Phil Mefford, CPO, Speaker
  • Sara Oelke, DPM, Planning Committee
  • Andrew Standley, Planning Committee
  • Jennifer Tiffany, RPh, Speaker
  • Doreen Towsley-Cook, MAE, RT, FAEIRS, Speaker
  • Amanda Vervaecke, Speaker

The following speakers and planning committee members have a conflict(s) with commercial interests to disclosure.

  • Mindi Dayton, DPM, FACFAS, Speaker - Spouse is a consultant for Treace Medical
  • Louis DeCaro, DPM, Speaker - Stockholder in NOLARO24
  • Jeffrey Wienke, DPM, Speaker - Consultant for Wright Medical and on the speaker’s bureau for MiMedx Group

The speakers will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 11.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/05/2017 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/06/2017 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States
+1 (515) 245-5500

Rooms are being held for October 4-7, 2017. The cutoff date for the group rate is September 13, 2017. Rates are $155.00 a night and do not include taxes.

Call 515-245-5500 to make reservations and refer to Iowa Podiatric Medical Society when calling.

Continuing Education Credit

  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 11.5 continuing education (CE) contact hour(s). 5.0 CE contact hours on October 5 and 6.5 CE contact hours on October 6. Learners must attend the entire day and no partial credit awarded.

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 11.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 11.50 IBON


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To register please visit the conference website. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Kruse at