As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), it is appropriate to recognize the contributions that this organization has made to the professional growth, the political influence, and the promotion of podiatric public health. This started with the continuous quality improvement efforts of the educational system to ensure that the profession of podiatric medicine, through its education process, continued to develop, sophisticate, and progress in search of establishing and then maintaining the highest-quality education continuum. This included the doctoral programs (colleges of podiatric medicine), the postdoctoral programs (residencies and fellowships), and the continuing medical education programs. In June of 2018 the Mission Act of 2018 was signed into law. Section 502 of that law now defines podiatrists as physicians and surgeons in the Department of Veterans Affairs. This had been a 12-year journey beginning with initiatives from Jeffrey M. Robbins, DPM, Director...

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