Graduates of DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) have a strong record of serving in leadership roles on the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society (IPMS) Board. This fall, the board elected a CPMS grad as its first female president: Mindi Feilmeier, D.P.M.’05, FACFAS.
The CPMS assistant professor had served two years as the board’s vice president before beginning her term as its chief officer. Going forward, she’ll lead the board in implementing its strategic plan, developed during the past year.
“I have some hefty goals that I would like to achieve in my two-year term,” she says. “We hope to increase advocacy for our profession and increase member involvement in the society. Working with the leadership team, we hope to elevate the profession to a level commensurate with our education, training and experience and remove barriers to successful patient care.”
Feilmeier has a knack for wearing lots of hats. In addition to the IPMS presidency, she teaches courses, treats patients in DMU Foot and Ankle and conducts a robust body of research. She also serves as the young physician liaison member of the American Podiatric Medication Association and is pursuing her master of health care administration degree at DMU.
“I’m passionate about all of it – our students, patients and the profession,” she says. “Most of the time, it doesn’t feel like work.”