March 2022 Program Briefing

March 1, 2022

Our goal for this inaugural Program Briefing is to centralize communication and share the latest news and activities taking place within the West Penn Residency Training Program.

We are thrilled to welcome three new residents next month! Jacob Gross, DPM, Isaac Kline, DPM, and Arina Litarov, DPM will be joining the training program in July 2022.

Jacob Gross, DPM

Isaac Kline, DPM

Arina Litrov, DPM

Several of our recent graduates have returned to practice in the Western Pennsylvania region. Darrick Dominick, DPM, Geoff Cady, DPM, and Sham Persaud, DPM graduated from our program, completed their fellowship training and will soon be serving as faculty within the training program. We are confident that they will bring a diversity of ideas and new techniques to the program.

If you attended ACFAS in Austin, Texas this past February, you may have had the opportunity to see our residents present their work. They have been working hard on many different research projects. Their presentations from ACFAS as well as work that has been published or accepted for publication are outlined below:

Radiographic Analysis and Clinical Efficacy of Hindfoot Arthrodesis With Versus Without Cotton Osteotomy in Stage III Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity

Authors: Vincent Vacketta, DPM, Jacob Jones, DPM

2021 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation

Published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, December 2021

Radiographic Outcomes of Talonavicular Arthrodesis with Varying Fixation Constructs in Stage III Adult Acquired Flatfoot Reconstruction

Authors: Vincent Vacketta, DPM, Jacob Jones, DPM

2021 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation *Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

Accepted for publication in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

Radiographic Analysis of Two-screw versus Three-screw Fixation Constructs for Subtalar Joint Arthrodesis

Authors: Jacob Jones, DPM, Vincent Vacketta, DPM

2021 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation *Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

Accepted for publication in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

First Tarsometatarsal Joint Arthrodesis with and without Intermetatarsal Screw Fixation: Comparison of Correction and Maintenance of Correction

Authors: Jacob Jones, DPM, Scott Schleunes, DPM, Vincent Vacketta, DPM

2022 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation *Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

Accepted for publication in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, March 2022

Radiographic analysis of the Evans Calcaneal Lengthening Procedure in Stage II Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity

Authors: Scott Schleunes, DPM, Stephanie Campbell, DPM, Jacob Jones, DPM

2022 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation Submitted for Publication to Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery

This has been accepted but it hasn’t been assigned a publication date.

Is 2nd Metatarsal Shortening Osteotomy Necessary When Performing a Modified Lapidus Bunionectomy?

Authors: Matthew Diamond, DPM; Ryan Rodella, DPM; Erin Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS; Jeffery Baker, DPM, FACFAS; Lowell Weil, Jr. DPM, MBA, FACFAS; Matthew Sorensen, DPM, FACFAS; Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS

2022 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation

Submitted for Publication to Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Concomitant MRI Findings in Patients with Suspected Plantar Plate Injuries and their Influence on Surgical Planning

Authors: Matthew Diamond, DPM; Lowell Weil, Jr. DPM, MBA, FACFAS; Erin Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS; Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS

2022 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Manuscript Presentation

Submitted for Publication to Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Staged Treatment of First Metatarsal Osteonecrosis Using a Custom Titanium Spacer for First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Case Report and Literature Review

Authors:  Christopher Betrus, DPM

Accepted for Publication to the Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery-FASTRAC

Surgical Considerations for Reconstruction of Flexible Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity in Patients with Marfan’s Syndrome: A Case Report

Authors: Vincent Vacketta, DPM

Submitted for Publication to the Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery-FASTRAC

We want to thank our faculty members who worked so hard on behalf of our residents.  Not only are they phenomenal surgeons who care about their patients, they’re excellent educators who provide mentorship to our residents. We will begin introducing our faculty members in my next program update.

Not only do we teach our residents what to expect in the field of medicine, we strongly encourage them to stay informed on what’s happening in the world. If you enjoy podcasts, we recommend you listen to GoodFellows (www.hoover.org › goodfellows). It’s a weekly Hoover Institution broadcast featuring senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H.R. McMaster. They discuss social, economic, and geostrategic issues taking place around the world and how the affects on America.

We recently shared the article (below) with our residents – you may find it helpful as you approach patients in your practice.

Finally, we strongly encourage you to visit the new website!  Kelsey Lee, our marketing consultant, and the board of directors spent a lot of time and effort creating a user-friendly, engaging website.  Your suggestions/feedback is important to us, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can find the latest Residency Training Program updates & information on the website, and use it as a recruiting tool for students interested in our program.

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