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    APRIL 13, 2006
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Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Podiatry prof shares passion for lifelong learning

Photo by Jeane Martino
William Martin (center), associate professor of podiatric orthopedics and surgery at the School of Podiatric Medicine, takes care of a patient with the assistance of student Maggie Umeres (right) at the Foot and Ankle Center at the Podiatry School.

William Martin has worn many hats during his 29-year tenure at the School of Podiatric Medicine, but none has brought him more joy and fulfillment than his role as teacher.

“Interacting with students is what makes my job fun, said Martin, an associate professor of podiatric orthopedics and surgery. “To this day, it excites me to watch diverse groups of individuals come together to learn, grow and become strong thinkers and decision-makers in such a short time.”

This commitment to students has earned Martin the respect of fellow faculty and colleagues — and this year, a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

“Dr. Martin is an innovator who instills a sense of professionalism in his students and challenges them to contribute to the profession throughout their careers,” said James P. Burke, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Podiatric Medicine.

And these feelings are echoed by many Podiatry School students. Martin has been given the Outstanding Faculty Award by every graduating class since 2000 and has been named Clinician of the Year by every third-year class since 2000.

“Life as a resident can be very challenging, demanding and at times overwhelming, but Dr. Martin always helps put things in perspective,” said fourth-year resident Alan P. Boehm Jr. “He exhibits a bedside manner that is truly inspirational and one that we all strive to pursue.”

Martin still gets phone calls and e-mails from former students looking for guidance concerning job offers and the business side of podiatry. Ultimately, his hope for all of his students is that they take a page from his own life by constantly keeping up on changes in the profession.

“They need to get involved. Now that they’re going into the real world, they will see that the learning has only begun,” said Martin, who has been a podiatric medical second-opinion consultant for U.S. Healthcare for more than 13 years, and is a fellow of both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

After graduating from Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine (formerly Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine) in 1974 and performing a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Northlake Community Hospital in Northlake, Ill., Martin joined the faculty at the Podiatry School in 1976 as an assistant professor of podiatric surgery.

In addition to his long and distinguished teaching career, Martin has served as director for three courses, as chairman of the department of podiatric surgery and as medical director and vice president of clinical services. He currently heads the biomechanical examination and casting lecture and workshop for second-year students.

- By Tory Harris