Message from the Director
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is a leading hospital for podiatric surgery, research, and education in New York City, as well as a designated Level I Trauma Center. We seek residents who desire comprehensive training involving all aspects of care for the foot and ankle. The podiatry department provides hospital-based training that gives extensive experience in hospital management of the podiatric patient as well as ambulatory training.
Our experts take a team approach to the diabetic foot, employing endocrinologists, hospitalists, internists, vascular surgeons, podiatric surgeons, and plastic surgeons in the treatment of complex problems to allow for salvage of limbs that otherwise would need to be amputated.
In addition to diabetic foot care, our podiatrists provide surgical services by employing state-of-the-art arthroscopic, endoscopic, and open techniques for the treatment of foot deformities and injuries, utilizing the latest in internal and external fixation. Our surgeons also have extensive training and experience in the treatment of complex pediatric and adult rearfoot and forefoot deformities as well as bunions, hammertoes, and arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle.
The Podiatric Residency is a three-year program providing comprehensive training in clinical and surgical skills that allows its graduates to become leaders in their field. There are weekly teaching rounds, grand rounds, and case presentations. Furthermore, a weekly continuing medical education lecture series, with nationally recognized lecturers, attracts practitioners from around the city. We have several clinics for foot care, including those devoted to foot and ankle trauma, diabetic foot care, reconstructive pediatric and adult foot surgery, clubfoot casting, and routine foot care. Externships are encouraged.
- The first year is a hybrid intern year with extensive integrated training in vascular and plastic surgery, general surgery, medicine and hospitalist management, emergency room, orthopedics, anesthesiology, radiology, and behavioral science. After this year, residents will have a better understanding of managing an in-house patient on the podiatry service. There are also several months of podiatric surgery, providing an introduction to forefoot elective surgery and limb salvage.
- The second year is based at the main hospital, with more emphasis on foot and ankle surgery and trauma. Residents are responsible for in house patient care and weekly clinics, which allows for peri-operative and post-operative care of our patients. There are also rotations in pathology, rheumatology, and endocrinology.
- The third year builds on those skills gained in the second year, with more emphasis on extensive training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, care of the trauma patient, and external and intra-medullary fixation. Residents also rotate in NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center during this year for advanced limb salvage techniques and more elective surgical experience. There is more responsibility for teaching and supervising fellow residents and externs, as well as time to pursue areas of individual academic interests and research.
This is a well-rounded program with a goal of shaping the residents into independent practitioners who will be confident in both surgery and inpatient and peri-operative management of their patients. The ability to follow post-operative patients is vital in understanding realistic post-op course and healing time, as well as in the management of possible complications. Surgical experiences include operating with attendings at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and several surgical centers for broad exposure to different techniques. We welcome interested students to arrange a visit by contacting our coordinator and chief resident, and our grand rounds are open to students, residents, and clinicians as well.