FSPMR - Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2020
Annual Meeting and Conference


In conjunction with the

Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow

July 16 - 19, 2020
The Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel, Hollywood, FL





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President's Message
Craig Lichtblau MD

Fall is in the air! Kids are back in school and a fresh academic year is upon us. Football season is here, and for many of us Floridians, that means weekend and social activities conform around our favorite college (Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, South Florida Bulls, Miami Hurricanes, UCF Knights) and professional teams (Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. One highlight of summer was FSPMR's Annual Meeting in July at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. We met in conjunction with FSIPP, and we plan to meet with them again next summer, July 16 – 19, 2020, same location. FSPMR's successful day-long scientific and educational breakout session included talks by Dr Randall Braddom on chronic and complex regional pain syndromes, talks by Attorney Jennifer Bolen and former DEA Rick Tucker on non-compliant, abusive patients and risk mitigation successes and failures, and resident case presentations from UMiami, USouth Florida, and Nova/Larkin Hospital PM&R residency programs. We hope to have the new Ft Lauderdale Memorial Regional PM&R Residency program involved by next year.

We received some constructive feedback for next year's breakout session: table with mics for panels, mic in middle of floor for Q&A from audience, more diversity of topics and shorter presentation times. We want to hear from you, FSPMR Members, and especially the PM&R Residents – what topics do you want to hear about next year? We want to find expertise to present next year's topics from within our own membership….it is an honor to be asked to speak. Regarding the meeting as a whole, it was suggested that the FSPMR Board join the FSIPP Board in one evening's Resident/Fellow special dessert event.

FSPMR's Annual Business Meeting that Saturday evening also turned out very well. Many residents attended and we awarded three True Florida PM&R Pioneer awards to former FSPMR Presidents Drs Justine Vaughen, Rodolfo Eichberg, and Anthony Dorto. Drs Dorto and Eichberg have appeared in Member Spotlights in the two previous issues of this newsletter (http://www.fspmr.org/newsletters.html). Dr Vaughen's Member Spotlight this issue is actually the speech that Dr Oscar Depaz gave when presenting her with the award. It is inspirational, why we love this specialty, and brings us back to "the virtue of what we can do and do for our patients."

Not only did PM&R Residents turn out in number, they also spoke up at the business meeting and represented themselves well. Two topics of import brought by residents:

  1. Mentorship – this gave me the opportunity to tout FSPMR's PM&R Pioneer program which is exactly that, mentors for young physiatrists. You'll find a short article in this issue about our Mentors/PM&R Pioneers, along with a listing with contact information of FSPMR members who have stepped up (thank you!) to this opportunity. This newsletter goes to FSPMR Members each quarter as well as to the PM&R Residents.
  2. Voice with the Board of Directors – a motion was made and carried to have the Resident Liaisons from each PM&R residency program attend telephonic board meetings, and join other board e-communications. The Liaisons will not have a vote, but will be able to give input from their programs and carry information back to their programs. A win-win!

By the time you read this, I will have returned from abroad. I went to Liverpool, England, beginning August 23, for a week long meeting and to present "Rotationplasty for Severe Congenital Femoral Deficiency" at the Fourth Combined Congress of the Association for the Study and Application of the Method of Ilizarov, and the International Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. After Liverpool, I traveled on to Warsau, Poland, where I was a surgical assistant for extremity reconstruction to Dr Dror Paley. I returned to this country on September 7.

Yes, happy to be back home, and we wish everyone an energetic and productive Fall 2019. Remember, we want to hear from you, FSPMR Members, and especially the PM&R Residents – what topics do you want in 2020's FSPMR Annual Meeting and Educational Breakout Session? Please send your responses to me at c.lichtblau@chlmd.com, or Executive Director Lorry Davis, lorry4@earthlink.net.

As always, thank you, FSPMR Members. It is an honor and privilege to serve you.

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