5 Factors to Consider in Choosing a Residency Program

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At the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we know that one of the most important components of a new physician’s training is the residency program. The goal is to find a program that gives you the best exposure and practice opportunities for the pathology you wish to pursue.

Below are 5 factors to consider when making your choice:

  1. Who are the Attendings? One of the most important components of a residency program isn’t about the program—it’s the attendings. The attendings will be your mentors and guides, and critical in shaping your skillset as a podiatric physician. It’s essential to have attendings who are highly skilled, energetic and with whom you can communicate and interact comfortably to maximize your learning experience.
  2. The Type of Facility Where your residency is based will obviously play a large part in the types of cases that you work with. At a Level 1 trauma center, for example, you will experience a very diverse range of pathologies and have the opportunity to work up more complex podiatric cases.
  3. Ratio of Operating Room to Clinic Work It’s important to spend time in both the OR and clinical settings. This allows a resident to see patients preoperatively and postoperatively and develop a comprehensive podiatric care.
  4. Degree of Resident Autonomy The best residency program in the world will not be nearly as beneficial if you are unable to do anything but observe. Look for programs that offer single scrub in for surgery as well as the opportunity to diagnose, admit and develop surgical and treatment plans for new consults under the supervision of the attendings.
  5. Strong Off-Service Rotations A strong foundation in other areas of medicine, such as vascular, internal, plastic surgery, infectious disease and psychiatry can help residents develop a better understanding of comorbidities that frequently accompany podiatric conditions and how to interface intelligently with colleagues about these patients.

At IPED we strive to be a comprehensive resource for the podiatric profession with services and opportunities for all stages of your career from student to veteran practitioner. If you’re a student of podiatric medicine you’ll find many benefits, including the access to experienced podiatric doctors who have been down the road you are embarking on. To learn more about becoming a member, contact us at: https://podiatricexcellence.org/contact/.