Join us! November 29 - December 2, 2017 Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

About the Conference

The Desert Foot Conference is a CME educational program designed for all VA, DOD, IHS and PHS healthcare professionals, attracting all federal service programs as well as non-VA podiatrists, physicians and nurses. The program enables participants to improve limb salvage techniques, improve foot health and to specifically diagnose and treat diabetes related disorders of the lower limb. The attendees receive state-of-the-art training and updates on advanced diabetic wound care, surgical procedures, and the frequency, determinants, distribution as well as the diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity diabetic disease. The goal of the conference is to bring podiatrists and other members of the federal service wound care and surgery healthcare community from across the country to a single conference designed especially to best meet their educational needs.


Highest Level of Education for the Lowest Fees in Podiatry

FREE REGISTRATION for Federal Health Service Professionals – Podiatrists, MD/DO, RN, PT, PA working for VA, DOD, IHS, PHS

FREE REGISTRATION for Residents and Students

Others $149 Standard Registration Fee/$99 PRESENT Alliance Partners*


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Conference Chair

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH

Conference Co-Chairs

Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, CWS

Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, CWS

Charles Andersen, MD

Charles Andersen, MD

CME Information

Approved for 18 CME/CECH Credit Hours for DPMs and MD/DOs

Podiatrists – Accredited by the New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Physicians – Accredited by the Professional Education Services Group

Nurses - Accredited by the Professional Education Services Group

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Sheraton Grand Phoenix

Hotel and Travel

Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Room Rate Info

$124.00 per night plus taxes and fees plus tax (12.57%) Gov't Rate (for Federal Physicians, Nurses and other Health Care Practitioners). You will be required to show a valid Federal ID to receive the Government rate. *Government rate is subject to change.

$199 plus tax (12.57%) for Non Federal Attendees and Exhibitors

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Abstract Posters

Abstract/Poster Competition

This will be the ninth year that Desert Foot has hosted an abstract poster competition. There are typically more than 100 submissions. The competition is run in 2 parts: Abstracts are submitted online and are judged, then approved abstracts are selected and posters are produced to be hung onsite. The posters are then judged by the Desert Foot Abstract Poster Committee, chosen by conference Chairman Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH.


1st Place $1,500

2nd Place $750

3rd Place $500

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Student bandaging a foot

Edema Evolution: What Every Healthcare Provider MUST Know

The 3M Health Care Academy will be presenting a hands on workshop on edema control techniques. Course Co-Chairs are Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, CDE, CWS and Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT. Participating Faculty includes James McGuire, DPM, CPed. This program will provide the health care provider with foundational knowledge and clinical skills that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice. The program will take place in the Encanto Room on the 2nd level on Wednesday, November 29, from 2PM – 7PM, concurrent with the Desert Foot Lecture Hall program. There is no additional registration fee for this program. The program will award 3.75 CME/CECH Credit Hours.

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Faculty Development Workshop

Faculty Development Workshop for VA Residency Directors, Assistants and DMEs

Directors of VA based podiatric residency programs have their own unique issues pertaining to managing their programs. So for the first time, to address these unique needs, PRESENT has developed an excellent VA oriented faculty and given them the challenge of creating a Faculty Development Workshop similar to what we offer at the PRESENT Residency Education Summits, but tailored specifically to running VA podiatric residency programs.

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Amputated foot and toe

Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course

Desert Foot has always been foremost about foot care for patients with diabetes. However, it is not infrequent that the patient succumbs to ischemia, infection with resultant tissue loss, and the best course of action, the healthiest course for the patient, is amputation.In response to this new area of practice, and in conjunction with the AzPMA, we have created a dedicated Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course, which includes the prevention, intervention and post-surgical management of amputations. This course will be presented in its entirety on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 7AM – 4PM. Though the course was created for the new needs of AzPMA podiatrists, all with an interest in this area of podiatric practice are welcomed to attend. This course will include didactic lectures followed by hands-on skills labs. Those attending this session on Saturday, in addition to earning the usual CME, will receive an additional Certificate of Completion, which may prove useful when applying for surgical privileges to perform these procedures.

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Indian Health Service (IHS) Limb Preservation Summit Meeting

The Indian Health Service will again be presenting a meeting for their members in conjunction with the Desert Foot 2017 Conference. Keith Goss, DPM will be Co-Chairman this year, along with Joel Rainwater, MD. An esteemed faculty will be presenting an array of topics of particular interest to IHS clinicians, including the Latest Technological Advances Improving Outcomes in Endovascular Surgery · Endovascular Reconstruction in the Limb Salvage Patient: The IHS Experience · Management of Complex Ankle Trauma in the Complicated Patient: The IHS Experience · Evidence on New Advanced Wound Care Modalities · Vascular and Wound Care Workshops · Christine White, DPM Award · First Nations Podiatric Residency Program Update · First Nations Limb Preservation Medical Home · IHS Poster Competition. The program will take place Saturday, December 2nd from 8AM-5PM in the Encanto Room on the 2nd level.

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