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Podiatry Externship - Program Description

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All students will be encouraged / required to observe, evaluate, and participate in the discussions and medical care of patients along with the residents and supervising physician.

It is done to help organize and refine the student's academic knowledge, basic clinical skills, and create a better understanding of podiatry necessary for advancement into future post-graduate training through a "hands-on" approach.

Exposure will be to a full array of academic, clinical, surgical experiences during the rotation. There will be significant interaction with the following specialties:

Anesthesiology
Emergency Medicine
Neurology
Prosthetics/Orthotics Lab
Rheumatology
Dermatology
Internal Medicine
Radiology

Academic topics will be presented weekly by residents and/or attending physicians and workshops will be held weekly to allow for further didactic learning.

Clinical experiences will consist of opportunities to rotate through the extensive VAMC clinics and operating room, the phlebotomy lab, and an outside orthotic laboratory.

Students are exposed to the emergency room, and the treatment of the acutely injured patients with the assistance of staff as podiatric cases present. There will be perioperative management of the surgical patient, and exposure to a variety of forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot/ankle, and reconstructive procedures.

Included along with patient care (inpatient and outpatient) will be the requirement to attend weekly lectures, conferences, rounds, journal clubs, do assigned readings, as well as present a lecture to staff.

The focus of the month(s) spent at the VAMC is to provide didactic and clinical experiences in the pursuit of accomplishing the goals and objectives set forth by the schools of podiatric medicine and CPME. 

Contact Information:

Program Director
Edward W. Tierney, DPM
Carl T. Hayden VAMC
650 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1819
phone: 602-277-5551, ext. 7539
fax: 602-222-6590
e-mail: edward.tierney@va.gov  

Resident Pager #'s
Curtis 602-779-1015
Victor 602-779-1588
Beecroft 602-779-8638
Michael 602-779-5687
Bowen 602-779-3784
Henke 602-779-4045