The Florida Podiatric Medical Society (FPMS) was formed in 1927 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA). While it is separate from FPMA, the Society was formed by and for Association membership to assist in procuring new sources of funding, which are used for scholarships, academic awards, research projects, public and professional education, disaster relief, and podiatric care for homeless and other medically underserved populations. Every member of FPMA is automatically a member of FPMS.
The FPMS Mission Statement is to encourage, solicit, and administer gifts and bequests for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the advancement of educational objectives in the field of Podiatric Medicine.
FPMS is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to the Society may be charitable contributions and may be fully deductible (check with your accountant).
Over the years, FPMS fundraising efforts have aided FPMA with public education, philanthropy, and the establishment of scholarships for worthwhile students in pursuit of a podiatric medical career. The FPMS motto is "Giving Back to the Future of Podiatry".
FPMS offers a variety of scholarships, including:
|Dr. Justin Vilaseca, BUSPM Class of 2023 President, received the Dr. Harvey Kopelman Scholarship|
on Friday, August 27, 2021 during the BUSPM white coat ceremony
|Dr. Samuel Clellen received both the FPMA Past President's Scholarship and the Dr. Irving and Muriel Block Scholarship|
on Saturday, May 1, 2021 during the BUSPM commencement ceremony
The Society has demonstrated "effective altruism" through its projects with:
FPMS has also taken the lead role in sponsoring the annual Florida ADA Step Out Walk campaign. "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes" is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. This event, which takes place in various cities throughout the U.S., has been taking place for over 25 years and has raised millions of dollars to stop diabetes. Various FPMA Components form walk teams, raise money, and man tables during the events.
FPMS has also provided many one-time charitable contributions to other worthwhile charities in the state of Florida. FPMS provided a grant to the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic in Tampa to aid Dr. Martin Port, an FPMA member and volunteer at the Clinic for several years, in supplying needy children with orthotics.
FPMS continues to be a supportive organization to FPMA in its efforts to educate the citizens of Florida about the benefits of podiatric care and the many advantages of seeking foot and ankle care from a Podiatric Physician member of FPMA.
Appointed in 2021
John E. Baker, DPM
Robert Frimmel, DPM
Andrew M. Belis, DPM
Mark S. Block, DPM
Members per Bylaws (in 2021)
Alissa B. Zdancewicz, DPM
Cary M. Zinkin, DPM
John P. Goggin, DPM
Larissa M. Schmidt, DPM
Elected in 2020 (Expire in 2022)
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM
Robert A. Iannacone, DPM
Terence D. McDonald, DPM
Samir S. Vakil, DPM
Andre M. Williams, DPM
Terence D. McDonald, DPM (President)
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM (Vice President)
Andre M. Williams, DPM (Secretary)
Larissa M. Schmidt, DPM (FPMA Treasurer)