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Podiatry Externship - Rules and Regulations

Podiatry Externship Links: Mission Statement / Program Description / Rules and Regulations /   
Podiatry Residency Links: Mission Statement, Introduction, and Contact Information / Application / Goals and Objectives 

Dress Code

Externs are expected to wear appropriate attire at all times, including rounds, conferences, workshops, visiting Attending Physicians' offices, etc. Externs are to wear laboratory coats and badges. Externs may wear surgical greens; otherwise, male externs are expected to wear a shirt and tie; female externs are to wear appropriate professional attire. Proper grooming and neatness of clothing is anticipated. No T-shirts, golf shirts, or jeans are permitted.

Externs will be required to give an oral presentation by the end of the four-week rotation. Selection of the topic will be done by the extern and externship director. A resident will be able to help with the development of PowerPoint sides. Externs may utilize the Podiatry Section's laptop. Presentations will be made on the 4th Thursday of the rotation at an official meeting with the Externship Director and residents present, or during our Tuesday evening conferences.

Externs should be available to:

  • assist the attendings or residents peri-operatively, including cast applications, and providing assistance with patients' post-operative care. This may include assisting with H&P's, notes, and orders.

  • examine pre- and post-operative x-rays, and be able to discuss them with the attending and/or resident. If pre-operative x-rays are available, measure the IMA, PASA, DASA, etc., if appropriate.

  • show initiative in asking questions of the attending physician and/or residents.

  • Externs will be responsible for attending all CME lectures and workshops scheduled, unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

  • Tardiness to rotations or lectures will not be tolerated. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Externs, when on call, will be expected to accompany the resident on-call with morning rounds Saturdays and Sundays, and will accompany the resident on after-hour calls to the Emergency Room.

  • Do not contradict an attending's or resident's statement, diagnosis or chosen procedure in front of a patient or staff personnel. However, discussion of cases is encouraged in a private setting. Defer questions by patients about their condition/treatment to the attending or resident.

  • Please note that leave of absences will only be granted for unanticipated emergencies, unless discussed with the Externship Director on the first day of the rotation.

  • If you have any problems or complaints about an attending physician or resident, please contact the Externship Director.

  • Any comments or suggestions that you feel will be helpful to our program will be gratefully accepted. They should be submitted to the Externship Director.

  • The podiatry extern's education and training experience is dependent upon a positive relationship between fellow externs, residents, faculty physicians, and other remembers of the staff. Effective communication is the best way to facilitate healthy professional relationships.