Podiatric Surgery Residency
Three-Year Clinical Program
Large teaching faculty
Oldest podiatric residency in Minnesota
Offering Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
Experience treating a diverse clinical population
Accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education
About Our Program
Three-year clinical program featuring Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
For more than twenty years, the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) at HCMC has trained the Midwest’s clinical leaders in podiatric medicine. What began in 1986 as a one-year training has grown today to a top-notch three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with a specialty in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery (PMSR/RRA). Our residency is the oldest podiatric residency program in Minnesota and attracts top candidates from across the Midwest.
Our residents gain broad clinical training and early operative experience. Rotations take place at HCMC in downtown Minneapolis, and three additional metropolitan healthcare facilities: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, United Hospital, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital.
Diverse Clinical Experience in Collaborative Setting
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residents take an active role in patient care from day one, working side-by-side with experienced professionals in a collaborative environment. Our curriculum emphasizes the latest procedures and technology, including training in our advanced Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center where residents prepare for real-life surgical situations and leadership roles.
With fourteen graduate medical education programs at HCMC, our residents work with a diverse team of resident physicians and surgeons, medical students, and faculty. During rotations, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residents embed on each service. Rotations occur at HCMC and three affiliated healthcare systems within the Twin Cities.
Clinical and quality improvement research is an important part of our program. All residents must undertake a publishable research project of their choice prior to graduation. Our full-time education director provides one-on-one guidance to each resident. The project spans all three years of residency and culminates with a poster presentation at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons annual scientific meeting.
Departmental and Hospital Conferences
About Our Educational Experience
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency requires all residents to attend our mandatory departmental conference each week. Residents can also participate in a variety of optional, hospital-wide conferences on topics ranging from ethics to critical care.
- Weekly departmental conference
- Weekly textbook club
- Monthly case conference
- Quarterly industry workshops
- Journal club
- Individual research project
Residents will participate in additional hospital conferences while embedded within each rotation.
National Leaders with a Passion for Teaching
About Our Faculty
A sizable faculty leads the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at HCMC. Many hold leadership positions at local and national levels, and all are active in teaching, patient care, and research. These experienced surgeons bring a long-term commitment to education that enables us to offer a consistently strong program.
- Dr. Mindy Benton, Program Director, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency, HCMC
- Dr. Nicole A. Bauerly, Assistant Program Director, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, HCMC
- Dr. Kimberly Bobbitt, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery faculty, HCMC
- Dr. Dennis Oeltjenbruns, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery faculty, HCMC
Faculty members have served in state and national organizations at all levels. These include:
- Past president, National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
- Board director, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
- President, Minnesota State Board of Podiatric Medicine
- Chair, ABPS Board Certification Content Development Committee
- Team representative, Joint Residency Review Committee
- Member, Minnesota State Board of Podiatric Medicine
- Co-chair, Twin Cities Foot and Ankle Scientific Conference
Podiatric residents embed on each service to gain comprehensive training in all aspects of patient care. Rotations occur at Hennepin County Medical Center, as well as three affiliated institutions within the Twin Cities: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, United Hospital, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital.
Residents begin hands-on clinical experience from day one in each rotation and increase their independence according to skill development.
First-year residents train at HCMC and gain clinical experience on various rotations, including medical and medical subspecialties, and surgery and surgical subspecialties. PGY-1 residents function as team members, develop skills in managing patients in a podiatric outpatient clinic, and gain exposure to basic and common podiatric surgery.
In addition, each resident undertakes a research project for study throughout the residency, with assistance from our full-time research director.
During PGY-2, residents rotate three days per week at HCMC and two days per week at our affiliated sites. Residents train in podiatric surgery, outpatient clinic, medicine and medical subspecialties, including rheumatology and infectious diseases, and surgery and surgery subspecialties, including plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery. PGY-2 residents gain proficiency in osseous and soft tissue procedures of the forefoot and midfoot and participate in rearfoot and reconstructive procedures.
PGY-2 residents work as part of a team and gain teaching experience through clinical interaction with medical students, PGY-1 podiatry residents, and residents of other disciplines. Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residents gain additional leadership experience through work with student extern applicants and potential residency candidates.
During PGY-3, residents rotate three days per week at HCMC and two days per week at our affiliated sites. PGY-3 residents split the year as chief residents.
Residents pursue in-depth study of a topic of their choice through an elective surgical rotation of four weeks and finalize their individual research topic.
Leadership experience includes assisting the program director in developing rotation schedule, quarterly M&M review of cases, and in student instruction.
Essential Clinical Training at Four Leading Healthcare Systems
Anesthesia, 4 weeks
Behavioral Medicine, 4 weeks*
Dermatology, 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks
General Surgery, 4 weeks*
Internal Medicine–Ambulatory, 4 weeks
Internal Medicine–Ward, 4 weeks
Medical Imaging, 2 weeks
Neurology, 2 weeks
Orthopedic Surgery, 4 weeks
Pathology, 4 weeks
Podiatric Medicine & Biomechanics, 12 weeks*
Podiatric Surgery, 12 weeks*
Research, 2 weeks*
Vascular Surgery, 2 weeks
Burn/Plastic Surgery, 4 weeks
Infectious Disease, 2 weeks
Orthopedic Surgery, 4 weeks
Podiatric Medicine & Biomechanics, 32 weeks*
Podiatric Surgery, 32 weeks*
Research, 2 weeks
Rheumatology, 4 weeks
Elective Surgical Rotation, 4 weeks
Orthopedic Surgery, 4 weeks
Podiatric Medicine & Biomechanics, 34 weeks*
Podiatric Surgery, 34 weeks*
Research, 2 weeks
Vascular Surgery, 4 weeks
*These rotations run concurrently: Podiatric Medicine & Biomechanics and Podiatric Surgery; Behavioral Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Submit Applications Via CASPR Uniform Process
Your application must include:
- Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) uniform application
- Letter of interest
- Medical school transcripts
- Curriculum vitae
Candidates must pass APMLE Part I and Part II on first attempt.
Non-resident applicants are welcome to apply. HCMC sponsors the J1 visa only.
- Submission: Submit your application through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR). Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the CASPR computerized matching process.
- Scoring: Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:
- Candidate interview
- GPA and class rank
- Externship experience
- Interviews: Applicants who meet our requirements will be invited for interviews. HCMC participates in the Centralized Residency Interview Process (CRIP). Interviews will be held in January 2014 in Frisco, Texas.
What Sets Us Apart?
Diverse clinical experience.
Rotations at HCMC and three affiliated hospitals enable residents to care for a full spectrum of patients and pathology.
Collegial, academic environment.
With 14 residency and fellowship programs, residents collaborate daily with fellow physicians, surgeons, staff, and medical students. Teaching and research are priorities for all faculty.
State-of-the-art Hyperbaric Center.
HCMC operates one of the region’s first hyperbaric treatment programs, which began in 1964. Surgery residents gain experience in the Center’s multiplace hyperbaric chamber as part of a team approach to diabetic limb salvage, diabetic foot infections, and vascular disease.
Strong post-graduate opportunities.
Our graduates are successfully employed at multi-specialty medical groups and orthopedic surgery practices around the Twin Cities and Midwest. Many have obtained board certification in Foot Surgery, and Rearfoot/Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery through the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.