After completing the
four-year curriculum required by podiatric medical schools, a new
podiatric physician is required to participate in residency training. In
general, states require a minimum of two years of postgraduate residency
training in an approved healthcare institution. Board certified
podiatric physicians are required to have two years of residency
training. A residency provides an interdisciplinary experience with
rotations such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, infectious disease,
surgery, ER and pediatrics.
Residency training provides a combination of medical and surgical
experiences that are competency-based. Podiatric medical graduates select a 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency
(PMSR) that includes training in rear foot and ankle surgery.
All entry-level residency programs are required to participate in a
national, centralized application and matching service such as the
Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR). The
matching program is similar to that of allopathic medicine. Students may
apply through the CASPR to save time and money during their residency
search. For additional information about residency programs, visit the
CASPR Web site at
www.casprcrip.org or call us at (301) 948-9764.