The world of medicine evolves and grows as our research, knowledge, and technology all advance. This is good for both physicians and for patients: doctors are able to provide better and more accurate care, and patients live longer, healthier lives. However, this also comes with challenges. Increases in regulations and documentation, insurance requirements, and more on top of the ordinary challenges of treating patients and leading a staff has made managing a practice much more difficult. That’s where membership with the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) can make a difference for podiatrists all over the country.
What Membership with the AAPPM Can Do for You
The AAPPM is not a passive organization, designed to simply collect dues, look good on your CV, and then provide you with occasional educational information. It is a resource designed to connect podiatrists and their staff to resources, products, and services to help them master practice management and succeed in medicine. We take the success of our members seriously and want to do all we can to help podiatrists around the country however they need it most.
But what does that look like practically? It looks like many things. It’s offering discounts to attend the regular AAPPM meetings and annual symposiums. It’s providing 24/7 access to secure information, documents, and resources for doctors. It’s building connections with corporate sponsors to get discounts on unique products and services. It’s opportunities for mentorship from more experienced and successful members. It’s a chance for the CMOM-POD certificate. It’s hands-on training for doctors and their medical assistants. It also provides incredibly discounted opportunities for e-Learning Conferences and CECH lectures through our Alliance Partnership with PRESENT e-Learning Podiatry.
AAPPM membership is many things—but ultimately, it is what you make it. We provide you with the many opportunities to grow and improve your practice management, saving you money and sanity in the long run. It is up to you to take those opportunities for your own practice.
Membership Benefits for Podiatrists
Membership Benefits for Podiatrists
We invest so much into helping podiatrists truly succeed—but is membership really worth it for a doctor? You have so many other concerns in life demanding your attention and your time. Fortunately membership comes with a wealth of benefits all created to meet a podiatrist’s practice management needs. Here are some of the greatest benefits that come with your AAPPM membership:
- Access to Information and Tools – We have a secure resource center packed with valuable tools, forms, and documents covering a wide range of practice management topics and issues. These items have been designed and refined over time to provide you with the most effective information and resources for your practice.
- Mentorship – Sometimes it can feel like you’re trying to “fake it till you make it” when you’re a new practitioner. However, you can learn from other podiatrists who have faced similar challenges in the field before you. Our mentorship opportunities allow you to learn from others’ experiences.
- Webinars and E-mails – We have member-only monthly educational webinars and weekly e-mails that are packed with valuable tidbits and pearls of wisdom. All this is designed to help you maximize your patient care, efficiency, and profitability.
- Discounts with Corporate Partners and Sponsors – The AAPPM partners with a number of incredible companies with tools and programs designed to help podiatrists succeed. Your membership allows you to take advantage of their special offers at conferences and meetings. This means you may be able to access certain services or acquire particular OTC items for your practice at sharply discounted prices.
- Discounts for AAPPM Conferences – AAPPM DPM members have access to substantial discounted pricing to attend our 2-3 annual symposiums and conferences. Discounts are also extended to any staff attending with you as well, allowing all of you to learn more without breaking the bank to travel.
- Free Consultation at a Conference – Jay Henderson and Rem Jackson are respected figures in the podiatry field, helping physicians grow and succeed in their practices. AAPPM members have the opportunity for a special, free 30-minute consultation with one of them while at an AAPPM conference.
- Fellowship Opportunities – After four years of membership, you have the opportunity to participate in a fellowship with the AAPPM, providing you with additional recognition for your practice management knowledge from your peers.
- Opportunities to Connect with Others Like You – Membership allows you more opportunities to connect with other podiatrists who have “been there and done that.” They are experienced, and know just what you’re going through—which enables them to provide unique insight and encouragement into your own situations and challenges.
Overall, the benefits of membership are varied and extensive, but they are what you make of them. Still, members who take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to them make up to 20.5% more than their non-member peers (Source: Podiatry Management’s 30th annual podiatric economics survey).
Challenges Facing Podiatry Staff
The staff of a podiatry office face many-layered challenges on a daily basis. While the physician focuses on patient care and treatments, the rest of the staff must do everything else. Patients have to be checked in and checked out; tests have to be executed; marketing has to get done; tools and exam rooms have to be cleaned and disinfected; phones have to be answered; and almost everything has to be documented. Just like in any other profession, employees at a podiatry practice have to work together, follow protocols, and provide excellent customer service—all while keeping the doctor on track. Doing all of this well involves knowledge, training, and practice.
This is where AAPPM resources available to members can help.
Membership Benefits for Staff
Membership Benefits for Office Managers
Office managers who are AAPPM members have some unique and valuable resources available to them. You receive 24/7 access to a secure library that is packed with materials for you, from HR and practice protocol documents to information addressing compliance issues to useful example documents and more. You’re able to qualify for corporate discounts with AAPPM sponsors and partners, saving your practice money when you acquire OTC items to dispense to patients. You also have many opportunities to form powerful relationships with other office managers around the country, learning from those who have “been there and done that.”
Office managers now also have access to a program designed to empower and educate them more than ever before in their position. The Certified Medical Office Manager—Podiatry course, or CMOM-POD, is a new resource to help train office managers in all aspects of managing an efficient medical practice. Never before has this kind of certification existed specifically for managers in podiatry. Most podiatric practice managers have little to no formal training—they learned everything on the job. Now you have the opportunity to receive valuable education to minimize risks for your practice, instill you with confidence when dealing with third party companies, and manage your staff more effectively. Whether you’re new office management or a long-time pro, the course can help you grow in your position.
Membership Benefits for Medical Assistants
Medical assistants who are AAPPM members have access to several of the same benefits at the office managers. You also receive 24/7 access to secure information and resources to help you on the job. You’re able to connect with others who are in the same field as you and learn from them as well. More than this, however, you have incredible training opportunities.
At AAPPM meetings and symposiums, you have a chance to receive hands-on training to improve or learn new techniques. After all, you have the unique position in that you are talking to and working directly with both patients and doctors in a variety of ways. These training opportunities are designed to help you excel in your position and provide greater help to both your physician and the patients you are serving. You’re also introduced to the products and suppliers that podiatrists work with every day. You can even learn basic scribing skills.
Becoming a Member
Joining the AAPPM and gaining all these benefits for you and your practice is fairly simple. We have an online application process that allows you to apply for membership for yourself and any associates or staff members who wish to join. If you are not a current APMA member in good standing, we will accept your application and establish your AAPPM membership, sending you a welcome packet and helping you get connected to the benefits we provide. If you’re at all considering membership, don’t delay—apply today and take advantage of the benefits available to you.
The AAPPM is here to enable and ensure the success of quality podiatry practices around the country. Our incredible resources, opportunities, and member benefits are designed toward that goal—and the success of our members shows that improving practice management does make a difference. In fact, Podiatry Management’s 30th Annual Podiatric Economics Survey found that AAPPM members earned an average of 20.5% more income than non-members.
Only you can decide if becoming a member with the AAPPM is right for you and your practice. However, if you’re looking for opportunities to take your practice to the next level, membership is where you should start. Check out our membership application or contact us for more information. You can reach us through our website or by calling (517) 484-1930.