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    APRIL 20, 2006
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Muscarella named associate dean at School of Podiatric Medicine


Almost 25 years after his graduation, Vincent Muscarella recently took on a new position at his alma mater as associate dean for clinical education at the School of Podiatric Medicine.

In his new role, Muscarella, who also holds a faculty position in the podiatric surgery department, hopes to encourage students to keep abreast of the latest scientific literature and podiatric medical trends, as well as to enhance their ability to translate basic sciences and academics into the clinical setting.

“I want to help the students enjoy and savor their clinical experience by getting them more involved,” Muscarella said. “By the time our students enter a residency program, they should already feel comfortable with patients from both a medical and social standpoint.”

Moreover, Muscarella plans to initiate weekly grand rounds, formal meetings at which physicians, residents and students discuss patient cases.

“With the help of residents and physicians, each student will learn to present cases they have studied in a logical manner, with the hopes of stimulating discussion. This is great preparation for outside rotations and residency programs,” he said.

Muscarella first became interested in podiatric medicine while suffering severe lower back pain in his teens.

“My family physician couldn’t figure it out, and someone in my building knew a podiatric physician with whom I ended up talking. The pain turned out to be related to my flat feet,” he said.

After finishing his undergraduate studies at Widener University, Muscarella enrolled in Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine) in 1977.

After completing a residency at the former Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia (which at the time sat directly across from the Podiatry School), Muscarella became an adjunct faculty member at the Podiatry School, where he taught surgical courses.

He also maintained a podiatric medical residency program at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa., before moving to Ohio in 1998 to serve as chairman of the surgery department at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. In 2001, he returned to the Philadelphia area and resumed his involvement with education at Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine.

“Times have changed and the profession has made tremendous strides since I was a student,” Muscarella said. “Then, staff privileges at hospitals were very difficult for some podiatrists to achieve since many graduates didn’t have the opportunity to participate in postgraduate residency programs.

“Now, all students have the opportunity, which is how it should be.”

- Tory Harris