Broadlawns Foot and Ankle Fellowship Recognized by ACFAS
Des Moines, January 31, 2011 – The Foot and Ankle Trauma Fellowship at Broadlawns Medical Center has been officially recognized by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) for meeting the program requirements established by the ACFAS board of directors, announced Benjy L. Olsen, DPM, FACFAS, director of the Foot and Ankle Trauma Fellowship at Broadlawns.
“The goal of our fellowship is to provide the post-resident foot and ankle surgeon with 12 months of advanced training in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle,” stated Olsen. "The leadership of Broadlawns Foot and Ankle Surgery has demonstrated a passion for educating and training future lower extremity surgeons for many years. The recognition for our fellowship is founded in the quality and history of this department."
ACFAS highly recommends the continuation of foot and ankle surgical education after residency in the form of a specialized fellowship. In order to foster high-quality fellowship programs through support, recognition and visibility, the ACFAS Board of Directors has approved the "ACFAS Recognized Fellowship" initiative. Programs meeting minimal requirements are officially recognized by the College, which will in turn provide support for these recognized programs through grants and visibility.
The Broadlawns program is one of only ten programs nationally that have met the minimal requirements and have been granted the "ACFAS Recognized Fellowship" status.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a national society of more than 6,000 graduates of accredited U.S. podiatric medical schools, is a professional resource for physicians. The organization seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle and related lower extremity surgery, address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons, and advance and improve the standards of education and surgical skill. ACFAS members are dedicated to surgical excellence in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity disorders.
Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties
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