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University of Pennsylvania | Perelman School of Medicine | PODIATRIC RESIDENCY PROGRAM | Educational Methods

The Educational Methods and Instruments of the Residency Program

Didactic Lectures

Each post graduate year (PGY) of study contains formal lecture instruction holding the information backgrounds and concepts consistent with the goals of each post graduate year of the residency and the rotational experience acquired during the resident's performance. The volume of lecture material required is so great that ideal time matching with the resident's practical experience cannot be scheduled. Nevertheless, the lectures are, in essence, graduated from fundamental and elementary in nature to more sophisticated levels of knowledge and skill.

The lecture faculty consists of active attendings at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center - Presbyterian and guest lecturers.

Clinical Pathological Conferences

The Clinical Pathological Conference (CPC) will be held monthly at the hospital. The conference will be attended by all residents and moderated by the Senior Surgical Resident and/or attendings when available. Staff members are welcome and encouraged to participate. Presentations made during these sessions will coincide with the specific subject matter of the residency program's didactic track for training progression.

Morning Patient Rounds

Attendees are the senior resident on-call, third year surgical resident, junior surgical resident, floors resident and podiatric medical student(s), and other residents on surgical service.

Morning Conference

Each weekday begins with a conference prior to the scheduled OR cases (7:00 a.m.). The purpose of these conferences is to review daily the pre- and post-operative x-rays of all cases performed. In addition, the morning x-ray conference includes a report of the responsible resident for in-patient care.

Journal Club

The Journal Club is intended to provide the resident with a current knowledge of important developmental articles written in recognized journals. The content of the article is to be consistent with the aims and purposes of the podiatric surgeon's care. The Journal Club will be held two mornings per month at the hospital. All residents participate. Each resident should read the article provided before the Journal Club meets. Each session is moderated by the Director of Podiatric Research or a member of the attending podiatric staff.


Workshops shall consist of laboratory instruction in psychomotor skills and practical application of operative techniques.


All residents are provided with travel funds for registration to an applicable program of post-graduate education which is CME accredited. Seminars must be fully attended by the resident. Upon return to the hospital the resident will give a review of the content provided during the seminar or symposium.

Resident Teaching

It is well recognized that teaching itself is a learning experience. Residents are encouraged to teach to the level of their development in knowledge and skill, especially, PGY IV residents who are available to the PGY 1, PGY II, and PGY III residents during the ongoing course of the program. Additionally, the PGY I residents participate actively in teaching externs who are visiting the hospital as an approved program.


The four year track podiatric surgical residency offers four separate years of comprehensive training and education in all aspects of medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. The goal of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center - Presbyterian Podiatric Residency Program is to produce a resident who is extremely well versed in reconstructive foot surgery, but also has a similar grasp of the fundamentals of medicine as it applies to the patient undergoing musculoskeletal reconstruction of the foot and ankle.