Podiatric Residency

Penn Presbyterian Podiatric Research Fellowship

Penn Presbyterian Podiatric Research Fellowship


Penn Presbyterian Medical Center offers a 2-year, patient-oriented clinical research fellowship in podiatric medicine and surgery. The fellowship provides aspiring investigators an opportunity to learn the principles of clinical research, and time to work on original and group research, while refining their skills in the clinical practice setting. This program offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding candidate with a strong interest in patient-oriented research who demonstrates the ability to work both independently and as part of a group. Because clinical research questions arise during clinical practice, when a clinician is face-to-face with patients, the candidate must also be a compassionate provider of patient care. The program’s focus is on clinical research, and not on refining surgical skills in the operating room. Podiatric Research Fellows will:


  • Collaborate in clinical research with Penn attendings and residents
  • Manage patients in a busy foot and ankle surgical practice
  • Gain an understanding of different clinical research methods—randomized controlled trials, cohort and case-control studies, health measurements and surveys, quasi-experiments, and other investigational techniques
  • Design, implement, and analyze an original (the fellow’s own) research project
  • Learn how health measurement applies to epidemiological research
  • Learn and refine one’s skills for critically appraising the medical literature
  • Gain an understanding of biostatistical principles that pertain to epidemiology
  • Develop, maintain, and statistically interpret a set of clinical data
  • Participate on a Penn institutional review board
  • Develop, present, and publish original research posters, abstracts, and reports


Program Director: D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, FACFAS

Authorized Positions: 2

Accreditation: Council on Podiatric Medical Education/Joint Commission

Conditional Accreditation: American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:

2017-2018: Hye Kim, DPM, AACFAS, and Melissa Younger, DPM
2016-2017: Raafae Hussain, DPM, and Lauren Pruner, DPM
2015-2016: Eric VonHerbulis, DPM, and Brittany Winfeld, DPM


Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104 
Phone (215) 622-9664, Fax (215) 243-3223 

For more information or to apply, Email: Jill Mellbye, jill.mellbye@uphs.upenn.edu

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