Medical Education

Program Goal

This three year residency program is designed to produce a podiatric surgical specialist who is an expert in the recognition and management of all foot and ankle conditions. 

Program Overview 

  • Established in 1997, the program received accreditation from the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) to train four residents (two at each level) as a PSR-24
  • In 2000 the program was approved by CPME to increase resident positions to six (two at each level) as a PSR 24+, allowing residents to train for 36 months
  • The program was approved by CPME in 2001 to increase resident positions to nine residents (three at each level)
  • In 2006 the program received approval from CPME to increase resident positions to twelve (four at each level)
  • CPME approved reclassification of the program in 2007 to the PM&S 36 model
  • In 2011 the program received CPME approved on the conversion to Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency (PMSR) with the added credentials of Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (RRA) and continuing to train for 36 months
  • Residents successfully completing the program will receive a certificate of completion of a PMSR with the added credential for Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Program Objectives

  • To teach the skills of managing podiatric patients by working with established podiatric surgical experts
  • To familiarize the resident with hospital procedures and the scope and functions of other divisions of health services
  • To develop operating skills to perform diverse forefoot, rearfoot and ankle surgeries
  • To gain extensive experience treating chronic lower extremity wounds

Academics and Training

During the residency you will be under the supervision of Senior Attending Podiatric Surgeons.  Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing all patients admitted to the Podiatry Service.
  • Participating in the surgical treatment of the podiatry patient
  • Participating in daily rounds with the attending physician
  • Documenting consults and operative notes
  • Maintaining weekly office hours in the Podiatry Clinic


  • Anesthesiology
  • Behavioral Medicine/Pain Management
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • House Officer
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Podiatric Office
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Dermatology-Elective
  • Plastic Surgery-Elective
  • Sports Medicine-Elective

In-Training Exams
Residents participate inthe ABPS in-training exam at each level of residency.

  • In 2011 the residents' total mean at each resident level was higher than the national mean at each respective
    resident level 
  • Also in 2011 the residents' total mean at each resident level was higher than the 3rd year national mean

Surgical Numbers
Sample of a past resident's total surgical cases performed during residency.

          A   B   C Totals
  Digital Surgery       4     69    229     302
  First Ray Surgery       2  63 170   235
  Soft Tissue   1  89 249   339
  Lesser Metatarsals            4  68 194   266
  Rearfoot/Ankle  16 234 555   805

Off-Site Locations
In addition to rotations, residents will participate in surgeries at:

  • Central Ohio Surgical Institute 
  • Doctor's Hospital
  • Eastside Surgery Center
  • Grant Bone and Joint Center
  • Polaris Surgery Center

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the residency. The didactic program includes:

  • Weekly Patient Continuity Meeting
  • Monthly Podiatric Faculty Lectures
  • Monthly Podiatry Radiology Conference
  • Monthly cadaver labs
  • Monthly OPMA Central Academy meetings
  • Supervise Externs
  • Monthly Pathology Conferences
  • Journal Club

Residents participate in poster presentations and submission for publication at national conferences.  You will be expected to participate in clinical research leading to the presentation or publication of at least one manuscript.  Research support is available.

  • One of our third year residents won 1st place at the 2012 Gerard Yu Awards at the Annual OPMA Meeting in Columbus, Ohio
  • Eight resident posters were presented to the 2013 ACFAS Annual Meeting
  • Two of our first year residents presented an abstract in conjunction with a physician from Nationwide Children's Hopsital at the 2013 annual SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Resident published article in Diabetic Foot, Complicated Case Presentation: Limb Salvage, December 2011

Compensation and Benefits

Click here to see compensation and benefits offered to all residents and fellows.  Additionally, the Podiatry Residents receive:

  • Paid In-Training Exam fees
  • Paid membership to American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Application Requirements and Appointments

Our program participates in the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR).  Applicants who want to be considered for an interview must participate in the CASPR program.

The Selection Committee reviews each applicant and determines if an interview will be offered based on the criteria below.  Applicants will be notified on the status of their application through the CASPR website. 

In January 2014 our program will participate in West CRIPs. 

Application Requirements

  • Graduate of an approved Podiatric Medical College
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Rank in top 50% of class
  • Eligible to obtain an Ohio License
  • Pass National Boards - Parts I and II
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status (Note: We do not accept visas)

Application Materials
The following materials are submitted to CASPR to be included in the on-line application.  If you do not provide to CASPR for your on-line application, please email separately.

  • CASPR Appplication (we only accept CASPR applications)
  • Letter of Intent/Introduction
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of your Medical School Transcripts
  • Letter from you Medical School with your GPA (3.0 or above) and Class Rank (Top 50% of class) 
  • Board Scores
  • Photo
  • Research (optional)

Other important information regarding the application process:

  • Applicants are not required to complete an externship to be considered
  • Interviews are not automatically granted to applicants who have completed or scheduled an externship
  • No application fee 


  • Positions offered after CASPR Match Day
  • Residents report in late June for orientation
  • Training starts July 1st


Associate Faculty

Contact Information

Visit our Program  

  • Podiatry medical students can visit any day of the week, Monday-Friday
  • One day and multi-day visits available
  • Must schedule in advance

Podiatry Externship Information
Click here to obtain information about our Podiatry Externship

To schedule a visit or if you have questions about our program, please contact:
        Belinda L. Snyder
        Residency Program Administrator
        Medical Education Department
        285 East State Street, Suite 670
        Columbus, OH 43215
        Phone: 614-566-9041

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