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Fellowship

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.

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“I take personal pride in my work and do not leave the Operating Room until I am certain that it is the best job possible for my patient. The work is my reputation. I will never stop learning either as technology is always changing in the foot / ankle arena.”

–Dr. Kevin Lam

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE & GOALS

  1. 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.
  2. To prepare the fellow for management of an orthopedic practice, with consideration to the current standards of record keeping and other practice management skills.
  3. To encourage research questions and development of research studies.

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Our FELLOWS

  • Melissa Hurwitz, DPM, AACFAS

    FELLOW 2017 – 2018

    From New York

    Medical School – New York College of Podiatric Medicine | New York, NY

    Residency – The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | New York, NY

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Rikhil Patel, DPM, AACFAS

    FELLOW 2016 – 2017 — currently practices with FFLC

    From Marlton, NJ ( near Philadelphia)

    Medical School – Temple University | Philadelphia, PA

    Residency – Phoenixville Hospital – PMSR/RRA | Phoenixville, PA
    Chief Resident 2013 -2016

    Oct 14, 2016

  • Asma Khan, DPM

    FELLOW 2015-2016 – Currently practicing in West Virgina area

    From Chicago, IL

    Medical School – Rosalind Franklin } North Chicago, IL

    Residency – Crozer Keystone Health System, PMS36 | Springfield, PA

    Oct 14, 2016

ATTENDINGS

  • Kevin Lam, DPM, FACFAS, DABPS

    Fellowship Director

    DOWNTOWN NAPLES OFFICE

    Medical School – Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

    Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (2002 -w- Honors)

    Internship (7/02 – 6/03):

    Temple University Health System – Philadelphia

    Residency:

    Mount Sinai Medical Center – Miami Beach, FL
    Podiatric Surgery Residency -24 (7/03-6/2005)
    Chief Resident (7/04-6/05)

    Oct 14, 2016

  • Wesley Drew Chapman, DPM, AACFAS

    Assistant Director of Fellowship

    SOUTHEAST NAPLES OFFICE

    Medical School – Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 2011

    Residency: Grant Medical Center Podiatric Surgical Residency PMSR+RRAS

    Oct 14, 2016

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    Rikhil Patel, DPM, AACFAS

    NORTH NAPLES OFFICE

    From Marlton, NJ ( near Philadelphia)

    Medical School – Temple University | Philadelphia, PA – Class of 2013

    Residency – Phoenixville Hospital – PMSR/RRA | Phoenixville, PA
    Chief Resident 2013 -2016

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Khoa Nguyen, DPM, AACFAS

    CAPE CORAL OFFICE

    Hometown: Jensen Beach, Florida

    Medical School – Temple University | Philadelphia, PA – Class of 2014

    Residency – Thomas Jefferson University, Atlantic Health System, and Morristown Medical Center – PMSR-RRA | Morristown, NJ

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Chelsea Viola, DPM, AACFAS

    ESTERO OFFICE

    Hometown: Glastonbury, Connecticut

    Medical School – New York College of Podiatric Medicine | New York, NY – Class of 2014

    Residency – Thomas Jefferson University, Atlantic Health System, and Morristown Medical Center – PMSR-RRA | Morristown, NJ

    Jul 12, 2017

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

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.

Family Foot & Leg Center

730 Goodlette Road – Suite 102

Naples, FL 34102

(239) 430-3668

Dr. Lam’s email: klamdpm@hotmail.com