During his six years in medical sales after earning his undergraduate degree, Scott Carrington interacted with numerous physicians in podiatry and orthopedics. That led to his decision to enroll in DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS).
“My wife, Laura, calls it my mid-life crisis,” he jokes. Carrington took his new endeavor even further by seeking and winning election as the representative for his CPMS Class of 2013 in the House of Delegates (HOD) of the American Podiatric Medical Student Association (APMSA). Last year, his fellow HOD delegates nominated him as recipient of the 2012 APMSA Leadership Award, the organization’s highest student honor given annually to the delegate who has consistently worked to further APMSA’s goals and who has shown outstanding leadership locally and nationally.
Carrington “champions issues for his class, school, the APMSA and the profession,” said APMSA President David Applegate in the November/December 2012 American Podiatric Medical Association’s APMA News. “He is a respected leader and tremendous asset to the APMSA.”
Carrington also holds a three-year elected position as APMSA liaison to the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), which is made up of more than 200 institutions with podiatric residency programs. The APMSA House of Delegates is actively supportive of a national residency genesis project of the AACPM.
“There’s a shortage of residency positions for podiatric graduates,” he notes. “That’s one thing we have always fought for – to increase the number of residencies but not water down their quality.”
Carrington says his APMSA activities benefited him as well as his fellow podiatric students. “I got a really good idea of how things work in the podiatric profession after graduation. It’s been good exposure to see where life is going,” he says. “It also encourages me to remain involved in professional organizations as a practitioner.”