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Courtesy of Magnifi Group

Inaugural Lower Extremity Course Announced

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, March 30th, 2018

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Austin, Texas, will be the site of the first Lower Extremity Interactive Education Program (IEP) Fellows & Young Surgeons' Course, an annual event that will provide education on the latest topics related to foot and ankle surgery.

The course, hosted by Magnifi Group, Inc., a San Diego-based developer of dynamic online training solutions, will be held May 18-20, 2018.

According to Magnifi, the course will, “…also assist with the transition into both academic and private practice. The course draws the industry's most prestigious faculty and is directed by Gregory C. Pomeroy, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of New England. Dr. Pomeroy also serves as the Director of the Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Portland, Maine.”

“This is the premier course in the U.S. that combines leading senior surgeons with young surgeons in practice, Fellows in foot and ankle, and senior residents who are planning to enter foot and ankle” Dr. Pomeroy said. “The course is designed for interaction between faculty and attendees.”.

“Attendees will also participate in industry sessions presented by the course sponsors. Attendees will rotate through the exhibit hall in small groups, meeting and interacting with each course sponsor. Course Completion Certificates will be handed out upon conclusion of the course.”

Dr. Pomeroy told OTW, “Currently, courses are designed for surgeons in training, or for surgeons who have been practicing for some period of time. The faculty at these courses generally give formal didactic lectures and there is little time for interaction between the senior faculty members and course participants. Finally current state usually allows for one faculty idea as to how to handle one problem area.”

“The design for this course was to invite young surgeons, fellows and senior residents into one room. We then took some of the most respected foot and ankle leaders in the country and asked them to limit formal talks, instead present cases and symposiums for free exchange of ideas not only between the faculty, but between the faculty and participants as well. We encourage participants to bring their own problem cases for discussion.”

Asked about the course content, Dr. Pomeroy said, “The material was chosen so as to represent a broad spectrum of problems facing surgeons encountering complex foot and ankle disorders. Topics will rotate from year to year so as to address all aspects of foot and ankle over a three-year period.”

“Surgeons should be excited about a course designed for constant interaction with true leaders in the foot and ankle arena.”

For more information visit the 2018 Lower Extremity IEP Fellows and Young Surgeons’ Course website at

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