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August 4, 2009
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Foot specialists run to Toronto




The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently visited Toronto – convening the world's largest podiatric medical and surgical educational event outside of the US for the first time.

From 30 July to 2 August, the 2009 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), bringing together more than 2,000 participants, including more than 1,000 doctors of podiatric medicine.

APMA members are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists; qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and structures of the leg. The APMA conference covered the latest technology and information on wound care, limb salvage, surgery, preventive medicine and more.

"This year's Annual Scientific Meeting proved to be one of the most interesting and exciting events for APMA, its members and all those in attendance. The calibre of guest speakers, breakfast symposia and scientific sessions exceeded expectations," said APMA president Ronald D Jensen.

The majority of APMA's international members practice in Canada. And with Toronto located within a 90-minute flight time from nearly 60% of the US population, APMA members can easily access the city.

The APMA is among a number of American associations choosing to host conventions at the MTCC, including the American Society for Microbiology and the Pediatric Academic Societies. Later in August, the MTCC will host the American Society of Association Executives annual meeting and exposition.

"We are gratified that the APMA has recognised Toronto's accessible location, international flavour and vibrant city life, and we're pleased to host them at the MTCC," said Barry Smith, president and chief executive of the MTCC. "And the APMA event benefits our local economy, with a positive impact of more than $3.2 million in visitor spending."


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