Program Overview (PO)

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 physicians.

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 patients. 

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.