The Training Experience

Each resident is provided with greater responsibility in patient care and decision making as they progress through training. Clinical experiences coincide with a curriculum of didactic activities such as journal club, skills workshops, case review and lectures.

Residents and attendings have teaching responsibilities to students, medical staff / house officers and the surrounding communities. Research opportunities are readily available and are required for program completion.

  • Core Training


    1st Year

    Podiatric Medicine/Surgery 5 months
    Emergency Medicine 6 weeks plus case by case basis
    General/Vascular Surgery 4 weeks plus case by case basis
    Anesthesia 2 weeks
    Medical Imaging 2 weeks
    Internal Medicine 1 month
    Infectious Disease 1 month
    Behavioral Medicine 2 weeks
    Endocrinology 2 weeks
    Rheumatology 2 weeks
    Plastic Surgery case by case basis

    2nd Year

    Podiatric Medicine/Surgery 10 months
    Orthopedic Surgery 1 month plus case by case basis
    Plastic Surgery case by case basis

    3rd Year

    Podiatric Medicine/Surgery 12 months

    Note: Pathology is an ongoing rotation for all residents every other month and on a case by case basis.

    In addition to CHA, the residents may rotate through several other regional healthcare facilities. These include Winchester Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital and New England Surgicare.

  • Evaluation and CPME


    Residents are required to undergo periodic evaluation, as per the Council on Podiatric Medical Education Guidelines. These evaluations are used not only to evaluate the residents, but also to evaluate and assess the capabilities of meeting goals established for these rotations by the instructors/supervisors.

    The Director of the specific rotation, and/or their designee, provides the evaluation through observation of the resident. Evaluation forms are open to review by the individual resident, the director, and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

    Residents are encouraged to periodically examine their evaluations and to appeal or remediate as necessary. Upon satisfactory completion of all mandatory rotations and demonstrated clinical and surgical competence, the resident is awarded a diploma from CHA.

    CPME Requirements

    Case Activities

    Podiatric clinic 1000
    Podiatric surgery 300
    Trauma 50 (25 foot/ankle)
    Podopediatrics 25
    Biomechanics 75
    History and Physicals 50

    Procedure Activities

    Digital 80
    1st Ray 60
    Other soft tissue 45
    Other osseous 40
    Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle 50
    Total Procedure Activities minimum 400

    2013 Program Graduate (C-Level Only) Procedures

    Digital 205
    1st Ray 170
    Other soft tissue 148
    Other osseous 109
    Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle 145
    Total C-Level Only Procedures 777
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