The St. Vincent graduate training
program offers a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) which is a
three year program. It is CPME (Council on Podiatric Medical Education)
certified as a PMSR with added certification in rear-foot and reconstructive
ankle surgery. We have CPME approval for 3 residents per year for a total of 9
residents. We have one designated chief resident during their PGY-3 year.
Clinical experience is drawn from approximately 35 active podiatric attending
Our residents rotate on surgical services with general
surgery, vascular surgery, and orthopedic surgery. There is an on campus
outpatient podiatry clinic run by the residents and staffed by an attending
podiatrist. The residents also participate in the wound care center at the
hospital which sees a high volume of diabetic foot and lower extremity wounds.
The program has formal required rotations in podiatric medicine, podiatric
surgery, wound care, anesthesiology, internal medicine/family medicine,
orthopedics, infectious disease, pathology, medical imaging, general surgery,
vascular surgery, and behavioral science. There are elective rotations
available in dermatology, pediatric orthopedics, private podiatry office,
neurology, sports medicine, pain management, rheumatology, physical medicine
and rehabilitation, and plastic surgery.
The podiatric surgical training will occur at the main
campus of St. Vincent 86th St. Additional training in podiatric surgery occurs
at approximately 10-12 outside surgery centers and other local hospitals. This
will allow the resident to see a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient
podiatric cases. This will also expose them to a wide variety of different
techniques as performed by a number of different podiatrists.
Academic knowledge is gained from weekly podiatric related
journal club. Monthly podiatric lectures and case presentations also occur with
local podiatrists who are active in teaching. We also have a formal evening
lecture series once a month where residents present journal articles on several
similar subjects. There is also a
speaker for the monthly evening formal journal club. Occasional board review lectures are also
presented by the residents for the students. Other academic offerings include
cadaver dissections and surgical skills workshops organized at various times
throughout the year. Our residents also
gain academic knowledge from the use of the APMA sponsored Residency Resource
Education Center online teaching programs.
We have an active clerkship program that accepts both third
and fourth year podiatric medical students from all nine podiatric medical
schools. A research project is required that is suitable for publication and
should be ready for submission by the end of the third year. Daily grand rounds
occur in the hospital are available to our residents and we occasionally will
present at these lectures.
Podiatry residents will gain an extensive array of
experiences working on cases which provide a comprehensive scope of the foot
and ankle. The cases will include forefoot, rear-foot, reconstructive and ankle
procedures. The resident will also be exposed to a high volume of wounds and
directly participate in wound care in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
They are involved with limb salvage and are a critical part of the
multi-disciplinary team when treating the diabetic foot. There is a high volume of inpatients on our
service and our residents are actively involved in the care of these
In addition our residents will be exposed to a variety of
different clinical experiences in a private practice setting. The opportunity
exists to rotate with various community podiatrists in their private offices.
Our program does participate in the Centralized Application
Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) and does attend the Centralized
Residency Interview Program (CRIP). Our program leads to certification pathways
in podiatric medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and
Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM), the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
(ABPS) in both forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive/ankle, the American Board
of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP), wound care certification by the
American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) to become a Certified Wound
Specialist-Physician (CWS-P). Our
program also leads towards physician wound care certification by the Council
for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) as well as the American board of Wound
Healing (ABWH) in order to obtain physician certification in wound care.