FAMILY FOOT & LEG CENTER
Located in Southwest Florida, spanning Naples to Cape Coral
The FFLC reconstructive foot and ankle fellowship, founded in 2015, is part of a very busy practice that deals with al issue of the foot, ankle, and leg.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE & GOALS
- To prepare the fellow for independently identifying and managing advanced and/or complex problems of the foot and ankle for purposes of reconstruction and limb salvage, utilizing all aspects of surgical care, including soft tissue mobilization, tendon transfer and augmentation, and bony deformity correction employing internal and external fixation as needed, with appropriate utilization of orthopedic products available to the surgeon.
- To prepare the fellow for management of an orthopedic practice, with consideration to the current standards of record keeping and other practice management skills.
- To encourage research questions and development of research studies.
As a foot/ankle fellow, your role is that of a junior attending physician. Within the office and hospitals, you have all rights and responsibilities of a full attending surgeon. When interacting with patients, treat them as your own, but let them know you are there on behalf of the attending.
1. Assist in all surgeries
Arrive early to mark the patient, ensure completeness of the chart, and do all preop and postop paperwork as needed. Communicate with the attending surgeon to ensure all necessary prescriptions are written before or after the surgery.
2. Assist in the clinical setting: Office hours may start at 8:00 am or 9:00 am, depending on the season, the attending, rounds schedule, and the surgery schedule for the given day.
3. Assist in hospital rounds: You may be the first person to get a consultation request, either through a page from the floor, the emergency room, a message on Athena, by a hospitalist, vascular surgeon, or another doctor, or by monitoring the hospital in-patient list. See the consult in a timely manner, add the patient to the hospital list, and notify the appropriate attending. Begin the order set appropriate for the patient, including vascular, wound care, and weightbearing status orders. If the patient is a surgical emergency, manage appropriately, add to the schedule, and communicate with the attending surgeon so that there are no delays.
4. Submit research abstract for poster and/or presentation to the ACFAS conference
5. Maintain board qualification and/or certification status with ABFAS
6. Maintain state, DEA, and necessary licensure and affiliations, as needed
7. Learn all aspects of the electronic medical record in the office (Athena): you will use this program to complete office notes, send consultation letters to referring physicians, put in surgery requests, order medications and other order sets for the patient, including home health, physical therapy, etc. Familiarize yourself with the templates available on Athena, their links to billing, so that you are efficient in the office and learn appropriate billing management at the same time.
Also, monitor Athena for the elective surgery schedule weekly. Communication with the attendings is key to keeping abreast of the add-on surgery schedule.
- Passing NBPME Boards
- Passing ABFAS Boards
- Transcripts from Podiatry School
- 3 Letters of Reccomendation
- DPM Licensure
- 3 year surgical residency
Contact us for more info or to schedule a visit!
Family Foot & Leg Center
730 Goodlette Road - Suite 102
Naples, FL 34102
Dr. Lam's email: email@example.com