The MedStar Health Residency Program in Podiatric Surgery

The Podiatric Surgery Residency is a three-year program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and is a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) with the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (RRA).

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Letter from the director

This residency program is a comprehensive three-year experience which incorporates clinical and academic didactic experiences. The physicians that graduate from this institution are highly qualified individuals who are well prepared for the various practice settings of a career in podiatric medicine and surgery.

Why train here

Our educational program is focused on foot and ankle surgery. The diverse rotations provide exposure to medicine and surgery at many locations and practice settings, and there are extensive opportunities to gain experience in all disciplines of medicine and surgery. The attending staff at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center is eager to teach residents and to help better prepare them for the world of medicine and surgery that awaits.

There are approximately 60 podiatry attendings that are involved in the education of our residents throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. Their involvement includes activities such as journal clubs, didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, outpatient clinic, inpatient management, and extensive operating room and emergency room coverage.

Program highlights

  • Extensive trauma exposure at level 1 trauma center with Orthopedic Trauma during PGY-1 and PGY-2, and General Surgery Trauma and Burn teams as a PGY-1.
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Rotation at CNMC for two months with broad surgical exposure with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
  • Baltimore outpatient surgery rotation during PGY-2 and PGY-3, with comprehensive exposure to reconstructive surgery and limb deformity correction.
  • Heavy emphasis on medical management of complicated inpatients with multiple comorbidities.
  • Limb Salvage Team at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, a combined team with podiatric surgery, plastic surgery, and vascular surgery.
  • Host the Annual Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
  • Operate with numerous fellowship-trained attendings.

Curriculum and rotations

  • PGY-1

    • Inpatient Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
    • Outpatient Podiatric Surgery
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital - Limb Salvage Rotation 1
    • MedStar Washington Hospital Center – SICU
    • Orthopedic Surgery – Trauma
    • Internal Medicine
    • General Surgery – Trauma, Burn, and Acute Care
    • Anesthesiology
    • Radiology
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Endocrinology
  • PGY-2

    • Inpatient Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
    • Outpatient Podiatric Surgery
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – Limb Salvage Rotation 2
    • Pediatric Orthopedics at Children’s National Medical Center
    • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center – Baltimore
    • Orthopedic Surgery – Trauma
    • Infectious Disease
    • Vascular Surgery
  • PGY-3

    • Inpatient Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – Limb Salvage Rotation 3
    • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    • University of Maryland
    • Kaiser Permanente Hospitals of DC
    • Kaiser Permanente Hospitals of MD
    • Kaiser Permanente VA
    • Pathology
    • Elective Rotation
  • Outpatient experiences

    We have several podiatric surgery clinics that serve our community, including:
    • Podiatric Surgical Clinic
    • Orthopedic Clinic
    • Vascular Clinic

    Our program also has the unique privilege of being affiliated with private surgical centers in suburban Maryland and Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We currently have routine coverage at the following centers:

    • Children's National Medical Center
    • Kaiser Permanente Baltimore
    • Kaiser Permanente Maryland
    • Kaiser Permanente Virginia
    • Laurel Medical Center
    • Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center
    • MedStar Franklin Square
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • MedStar Harbor Hospital
    • MedStar Surgery Center at Lafayette
    • MedStar Union Memorial
    • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    • Podiatry Associates ASC at Franklin Square
    • Reston Surgery Center
    • SurgCenter of Silver Spring
    • Surgery Center of Chevy Chase
    • Timonium Surgery Center
    • University of Maryland Midtown
    • Virginia Hospital Center
    • Westminster Surgery Center, SurgCenter of Glen Burnie, Elliott City ASC
  • Ongoing rotations throughout each academic year

    • Podiatric Surgery Outpatient Clinics
    • Emergency Department
    • Private Surgery Center Coverage
    • Private Office Coverage

Conferences

We continuously challenge our residents academically and encourage them to remain clinically skillful.

Our many conferences are designed to augment areas relevant to a resident’s surgical and medical competence. These include the following.

In-house conferences

  • Teaching Rounds (every Monday)
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Conference (every Tuesday)
  • Academics/Grand Rounds (every Wednesday)
  • Radiology Conference (every Thursday)
  • Cadaver Workshop (twice monthly)
  • Journal Club (twice monthly)
  • Quality Improvement (monthly)
  • SiTel Simulation Labs (biannually)

National conferences

  • ACFAS Annual Conference
  • AAFAO Course
  • Arthroscopy Course
  • Baltimore Limb Deformity Course
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Telluride Patient Safety
  • Many others

DLS conference

The Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference is an international conference hosted by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, co-chaired by Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Christopher Attinger. It is a three-day conference including lectures, live cases, and hands-on cadaver workshops. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Research

The Podiatric Surgery Division requires residents to pursue ongoing research throughout their tenure. This can include posters, abstracts, and case reports. Residents are encouraged to complete one large project during each academic year. Likewise, one large group project spanning the three-year program is also encouraged.

The Graduate Medical Education office covers all travel expenses for residents whose posters are accepted for presentation.

Application information

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Contact us

We welcome all questions regarding our residency program. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us.

John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS
Program Director, Podiatric Medical Education
202-877-7204
jss5@gunet.georgetown.edu

Caitlin Zarick, DPM
Associate Program Director, Podiatric Medical Education
(202) 877-7204
Caitlin.S.Zarick@gunet.georgetown.edu

Abiola Purnell, MHA
Program Manager
(202) 877-7204
Abiola.Purnell@medstar.net