Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Curriculum
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Credential (PMSR/RRA) is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME). Residents are trained in a multidisciplinary approach, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient medical care. At the completion of the training program, residents are prepared for both hospital- and office-based podiatric care.
The residency is a three-year (36 months) program. Training is supervised and scheduled by the Division of Podiatry, part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. The residency program is overseen by Raymond Ferguson, DPM, chief of the Division of Podiatry and program director. We accept two residents for each year of training.
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency program aims include the following:
- provide residency training from the top podiatric surgeons and other multidisciplinary medical specialists
- educate residents to provide exceptional patient care, perform state-of-the-art surgery, and have research published in national journals
- equip residents with the knowledge to pass their American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) board certification
- improve residents’ medical knowledge and practice-based learning
- put forth highly trained doctors of podiatric medicine into the community to improve patient care
- instill a culture of lifelong learning
Inpatient training occurs at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, Nassau County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons with full adult and pediatric capabilities. Outpatient training occurs at the resident-run podiatry clinic at NYU Langone Hyperbaric and Wound Care Associates—Mineola.
Residents also participate in off-campus rotations at Long Island Community Hospital, Long Island Plastic Surgery Group, Central Island Pain Management and Rehabilitation, and Physicians Choice Surgicenter.
Training includes but is not limited to the following areas:
- foot and ankle trauma, sprains, and fracture
- diabetic foot conditions, neuropathy, and Charcot foot
- elective and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including for bunion and hammertoe
- limb salvage and wound care for treatment of diabetic foot ulcer and osteomyelitis
- skin and nail pathology
- clinical biomechanics and orthotics
- sport injury
- heel pathology, pain, and plantar fasciitis
- pediatric and adolescent podiatric disorders
- podiatric joint pathology
Postgraduate Year 1 Rotations
First-year residents spend half of the academic year on off-service rotations, allowing them to gain a broader scope of interdisciplinary training. Each rotation is supervised by either podiatry attendings or medical doctors from various backgrounds, who provide education, supervision, and performance assessment. The attendings make daily inpatient rounds with the podiatry team. While rotating on other specialty services, podiatry residents attend that service’s educational conferences, supplemented by conferences held by the Division of Podiatry. Residents receive outpatient training by attending the outpatient podiatry clinic.
Rotations include podiatric medicine and surgery, internal medicine, infectious disease, emergency medicine for both adult and pediatric patients, general radiology, pathology, anesthesiology and pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, endocrinology, and neurology.
Postgraduate Year 2 Rotations
In year two of training, residents become actively involved in podiatric surgery, focusing on the performance of foot surgery and exposure to reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. This facilitates the gradual development of requisite knowledge and skills. Residents continue to attend the outpatient podiatry clinic.
Rotations include podiatric medicine and surgery, wound care, general orthopedic surgery for both adult and pediatric patients, general surgery, vascular surgery, research, and plastic surgery.
Postgraduate Year 3 Rotations
During year three of training, continued emphasis is placed on foot surgery and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, inclusive of surgical management of traumatology. Third-year residents rotate to Long Island Community Hospital throughout the year to gain extensive training of the foot and ankle and rearfoot podiatric surgeries. By the completion of the podiatric surgical training experience, residents become proficient in the performance of all types of foot surgery. Residents attain competence in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery inclusive of major tarsal and ankle arthrodesis, osteotomies, fracture repair, and soft tissue repair. Residents also participate actively in the education and training of the first- and second-year residents.
Rotations are divided between podiatric medicine and surgery at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and Long Island Community Hospital.
Podiatry residents take call for emergency department (ED) trauma and infections of the foot and ankle, and for podiatric surgery postoperative care and inpatient consults. While on call, the resident is responsible, with appropriate supervision, for inpatient management of podiatric medical and surgical patients and inpatient consults, and must respond to ED requests to consult on patients presenting with lower extremity pathology.
The on-call schedule is divided among all residents. Resident call is taken from home; in-house call is not required. The podiatry resident on-call room is located on the third floor of NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island on 3 North.
Didactic Training and Curriculum Schedule
We have a robust academic and didactic program with weekly conferences, board review, journal club, and monthly grand rounds and case review, as well as mixed podiatry and orthopedic conferences. The NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Joint Lecture Series, program director review, and case review take place every Monday, from 7:00 to 8:30AM, hosted by Raymond Walls, MD, and John G. Kennedy, MD.
Podiatry Grand Rounds
The monthly Podiatry Grand Rounds is an integral part of residency training. Residents and guest speakers present to NYU Long Island School of Medicine podiatry faculty and residents. Residents present interesting cases that they have taken part in and discuss current and new research on the presenting topic. Guest speakers focus on teaching important fundamentals or new techniques.
Both the Podiatry and Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds are hosted by various guest speakers and residents. The Podiatry Grand Rounds take place on the last Wednesday of every month, from 7:00 to 8:00AM. The Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds occur every Friday morning, from 7:00 to 8:00AM.
Podiatry Journal Club
The Podiatry Journal Club is a resident-facilitated monthly meeting in which current and prominent literature is reviewed in a structured format. The purpose is to allow residents to develop critical thinking skills while reviewing continuously evolving medical literature. Journal articles are dispersed to club members one to two weeks in advance for review and critique.
Podiatry Case Conference
The Podiatry Case Conference is held on a weekly basis during resident didactics. Residents present interesting cases throughout the year. These cases are often submitted for publication at the end of the academic year and are presented to the faculty during the Annual House Staff and Medical Student Research Day and the Annual Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Division of Podiatry Resident Research Day.
Podiatry Boards Review Conference
The Podiatry Board Review Conference is an essential part of the didactic curriculum. A detailed review of the McGlamry textbook, which is considered the gold standard of academic publication in podiatry, is presented. Additionally, various board review guides are used to prepare residents for their in-training exams and board qualification exams.
The board review conference is hosted by April M. Bailey-Maletta, DPM, and takes place every Thursday, from 7:00 to 10:00AM.
In addition to classroom training, residents participate in hands-on training including surgical skills labs. They also train at NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s state-of the art Simulation Center, where they practice surgical techniques during saw bones labs and annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
In recognition of the significant role that research plays in medical advancement and the discoveries of new therapies and treatments, the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency has a robust research program that offers residents diverse opportunities. Overseen by Jan A. Koenig, MD, and April M. Bailey-Maletta, DPM, residents are mentored as they choose a research project that will be followed through their three years of training. During the residents’ third year, they submit their research to journals for consideration for publication.
To achieve success in the division’s research efforts, our residents participate in quarterly department research meetings in which podiatry and orthopedic surgery faculty mentor and guide residents as they work on their respective projects. Podiatry research meetings are hosted by Dr. Koenig and Dr. Bailey-Maletta and take place on the first Thursday of every other month, from 7:00 to 8:00AM.
In addition to their research projects, residents work annually on case studies. At the end of every year, all residents are required to submit their abstracts and posters for acceptance at the Annual House Staff and Medical Student Research Day. Postgraduate year one (PGY-1) and PGY-2 residents present interesting case reports they have encountered. PGY-3 residents submit their research projects.
Senior residents are also required to present their research projects, case studies, or both, at the Annual Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Division of Podiatry Resident Research Day. Final research projects and interesting case studies are often submitted for publication at the end of each academic year.
Residents have a multitude of expertise available to them, including research faculty, statisticians, and institutional review board (IRB) staff. This creates an environment that allows residents to not only reach their full potential, but also to learn cutting-edge treatment and utilize these new innovations in their future endeavors.