Not matching with a residence program may at first seem like hitting a brick wall. But, at the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED), we like to encourage students to see it rather as a brief detour, and one that can greatly enhance your education and impact your future as a podiatric professional in a very positive way. How? By taking advantage of our Graduate Management Clinical Program (GMCP).
In your GMCP, you will participate in a Practice Management Preceptorship in a podiatrist office, shadowing a physician and working in an actual practice, receiving mentoring and practical education.
There are several important benefits to this program:
- Students who participate in GMCP gain valuable, office-based knowledge and experience, which significantly increases their chances for matching the following year. In fact, the majority of students who have completed the program in the past received a residency program the next year.
- Your GMCP could lead to the development of a mentor relationship with a practitioner that will become a lifelong bond that will benefit you throughout your career.
- You will get a chance to be exposed to real life clinical and practice management experiences. This is where the “rubber meets the road” and the theoretical becomes actual. Participating in a GMCP enables you to see firsthand what practices look like and the skills and philosophies needed to meet the challenges.
- GMCP positions are available in practices throughout the country. Participants do receive a stipend and in some cases benefits.
- All GMCP participants receive a complimentary membership to the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development, entitling them to a wealth of educational, networking and information sharing opportunities.
The GMCP is a perfect example of the mission of IPED: experienced practitioners passing on knowledge and experience to those new to the field while also gaining support and insight from them. Strong bonds are forged that will enrich the careers and practices of both. To learn more about this and other benefits of membership, contact our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue at: 978-296-7634.