The Cambridge Health Alliance Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency is a three-year program (PM&S-36) approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is accredited by the Joint Commission and is comprised of three hospital campuses, Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, and Whidden Hospital. We are a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and there is excellent interdisciplinary cooperation and collegiality amongst the training programs at the institution.
The podiatric medicine and surgery residency is authorized for a total of six residents, two in each year of training. The residency is designed in a rotational structure with an emphasis on resource based, competency driven, and assessment validated training.
The resident is provided with a greater responsibility in patient care and decision making as they progress through their training. These experiences coincide with a complimentary curriculum of didactic activities such as journal club, skills workshops, case review and lectures. The residents and attendings have teaching responsibilities to students, medical staff / house officers and the surrounding communities. Research opportunities are readily available and a requirement for program completion.
Due to a combination of community-based and regional referral patient mix, the medical and surgical volume and diversity is exceptional. The residents are fully integrated into three active outpatient podiatric clinics which allow for involvement throughout a patients' medical or surgical management. The residents also scrub and assist in surgery at seven local hospitals that are not part of the CHA system.
Clinical affiliations with all of the podiatric medical schools allow third and fourth year podiatric medical students to rotate through CHA on a monthly basis to augment their clinical curriculum. Externs are actively involved in the clinic, operating room, emergency department and all didactic activities.