Podiatric Surgery Residency: Rotation Schedule

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About Our Rotations

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.

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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.


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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

PGY-1 Rotations

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

PGY-2 Rotations

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

PGY-3 Rotations

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.