Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Program Overview
Postgraduate training in podiatric medicine and surgery at Maricopa Medical Center provides the challenges you might be looking for. Very few podiatrists ever get the opportunity to work at a level one trauma center with a burn unit. Our podiatry residents are PGY-1 general surgery residents during their first year of training. After establishing a strong base in surgical principles, our residents begin intensive training in podiatric medicine and surgery. Our podiatry clinic is one of the busiest surgery clinics at Maricopa Medical Center. We maintain close relationships with our affiliated and integrated institutions to provide our residents with a diverse patient population in the private and public sectors. Specifically, residents work with community practitioners who have demonstrated excellence in practice to provide a wide variety of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care, as well as private practice pearls.
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle residency program is sponsored by Maricopa Medical Center, whose mission is to provide care for the poor in the community. A 555 bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix, Maricopa Medical Center is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory and long-term care within Maricopa County, as well as the state of Arizona. The hospital sees a large case load of level 1 trauma and the 19-bed burn unit serves as the statewide Burn Center. In addition to the main hospital, there are 12 primary care centers.
While not working, residents take advantage of Phoenix’s 360 days of sunshine that enables year-round outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, mountain biking, climbing, and numerous public parks. Phoenix is also home to the World Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium, the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens, Opera, Concerts, and Broadway plays. For the sports enthusiast, professional sports, including PGA and WPGA tournaments, baseball, basketball, football, the AVP Crocs World Tour, and triple A hockey, are available in all seasons.
Meet the Department
Stephen Geller, DPM
Director, Podiatric Medical Education
Chairman, Department of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Bryan Roth, DPM
Attending, Department of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Associate Director, Podiatric Medical Education
The Teaching Plan
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Program at Maricopa Medical Center is currently approved for 6 residents, two per year for three years. All first year residents serve as first year general surgery residents, rotating in various surgical specialties including burn, neurosurgery, trauma, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical intensive care. Other rotations podiatry residents participate in include internal medicine, pathology, and diagnostic imaging. Each service is supervised by an attending surgeon or physician chief who provides continued guidance for that service. The attending chief makes frequent inpatient rounds with his or her team. On operating days, the assigned service schedules its largest surgical load and generally, its more complex operations. On clinic days, each service evaluates newly referred patients and provides follow-up care for established patients.
The second and third year podiatry residents rotate on the podiatry service. Besides inpatient and outpatient care of all foot and ankle complaints from neonatal to geriatric patients, the residents are responsible for all emergency room and inpatient consultations. Our clinic also has a walk-in fracture clinic for isolated fractures of the foot and ankle seen in the emergency department on a same day basis. The second year residents have a curriculum in research; this allows research projects to reach fruition over the two year period remaining. Rotations with community preceptors increase the exposure to surgical volume and diversity of patient socioeconomic groups. Established relationships with community preceptors facilitate a key component of the third year rotation, Practice Management.
At Maricopa Medical Center’s Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle program, we acknowledge that residents learn in different ways. Our didactics are specifically designed to provide our residents with experiences where they hear, see, and practice hands-on. Monday evenings include resident lectures on pre-assigned topics, as well as a monthly journal club. On Wednesday evenings, the residents are assigned Present e-learning topics that are viewed and discussed with Dr. Roth. Each week, a test covering the prior week’s topics serves as a self assessment tool for residents and to help study habits and comprehension. Friday morning teaching rounds review the interesting inpatient cases from the week and are used to discuss the surgical cases scheduled later that day. During clinic on Friday, the residents present & discuss in detail, the most interesting case seen during the previous week. Quarterly, cadaver labs are held to apply concepts and skills learned during major sections in our lecture series.
While rotating in surgery or internal medicine, the residents will attend that service’s educational conferences. Other conferences, depending on PGY level and rotation, include:
- Tumor board
- Burn conference
- Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Journal Club
- Cameron Conference
- Trauma/SICU Lecture
- Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Our residency program is a little different from others. Our PGY-1 trainees are first year general surgery residents; therefore, they are not truly working in podiatry, although several rotations do provide foot related exposure and surgery. These residents are treated at the same level as allopathic and osteopathic residents with the same case load and requirements. Please refer to general surgery PGY-1 for additional information.
Having completed all medicine and general surgery requirements during the PGY-1 year, the PGY-2 trainees begin intensive training in podiatric medicine and surgery. While on the podiatry service at Maricopa Medical Center, the residents are responsible for inpatient consultations, outpatient podiatry clinic, including a walk-in fracture clinic, all podiatric surgery, Friday’s case of the week presentation, and assigned lecture topics for weekly conference. Research is taught with the general surgery second year residents, allowing research projects to be completed during the following two years of training.
PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents receive 3 weeks of paid vacation. PGY-3 residents receive 4 weeks of paid vacation. One text book per year is purchased for the residents, as well as CME allowance. Salaries for the 2013-14 academic year are:
Integrations & Affiliations
The podiatry service and clinic at Maricopa Medical Center is growing rapidly. Our patient population is somewhat limited to one socioeconomic group. The podiatry residents are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in office and surgery rotations with community physicians who have demonstrated excellence in practice. This increases exposure to various socioeconomic classes of patients. For this reason, we have affiliations with many of the surrounding hospitals and surgery centers listed below:
Application Process for Academic Year 2014-2015
The Maricopa Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle training program participates in CASPR. Prospective residents are interviewed through CRIP. In 2014, Maricopa Medical Center will attend CRIP from January 9-11, 2014.
Candidates are judged on the basis of academic background and interview performance. The performance on clerkship is taken into account for those students who participate. The Department strictly follows CPME guidelines.
We accept two residents per year, with all positions being filled through the CASPR match process.
Required materials for a complete application:
- Submit application through CASPR
- Letter from your Dean or Bursar stating your cumulative GPA and good standing.
- NBPME part 1 score
MIHS will accept J-1 visas for qualified residents accepted into an MIHS program, but MIHS does not sponsor residents on J-1 visas. MIHS does not accept or sponsor any other visas for its GME program residents. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.