Dr. Vincent Hetherington Honored with FIP Lifetime Achievement Award
When Dr. Vincent Hetherington was invited to participate in a discussion during the virtual meeting of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) AGM on June 19th, he never suspected that there was an underlying reason for his attendance; Heidi Corcoran, the current President of the FIP, honored Dr. Hetherington with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In fact, it was the President herself that gave a personal nomination for the award, which was followed by a unanimous approval by the FIP board. "Vince was the founding member of our Academy of Podiatric Medical Educators," Heidi tells us, "His valuable contribution to our Scientific Committee and his academic and organizational work on several of our World Congresses was greatly appreciated."
Heidi's sentiments are echoed by the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) where Dr. Hetherington left a legacy following 32 years of service. Upon his retirement as Senior Associate Dean of the College, Dr. Hetherington was recently appointed Emeritus Faculty and continues to serve and support CPM students, academic programs, alumni outreach initiatives, student research project development, as well as bridging international opportunities.
The FIP Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a FIP member who has demonstrated long-term commitment to the profession both in their country of origin and internationally through innovation, technology, research, data outcomes and analysis. When travel allows, Dr. Hetherington will be more formally honored and presented with a certificate and medal.