Podiatric Surgical Residency Program | HCA Florida (2022)

Learn more about our Podiatric Surgical Residency Program at HCA Florida JFK Hospital in Atlantis, Florida.

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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to the Podiatry Medicine and Surgery Residency Program (PMSR) with Reconstructive Rearfoot / Ankle Surgery Residency at HCA Florida JFK Hospital!

  • CASPR: 0517

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For more information about our program, please contact Rosemary Lue-Barton, program coordinator.

  • Rosemary.Luebarton@hcahealthcare.com

Program Overview

HCA Florida JFK Hospital's Podiatric Surgical Residency Program is a comprehensive three-year program with additional RRA Certification. Our residents experience an intensive, well-rounded education in a fully integrated teaching hospital setting.

The program incorporates a wide range of medical and surgical sub-specialty rotations that provide real-world clinical experience. The hospital is affiliated with University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The program creates an individualized experience with easy access to our experienced academic faculty. Didactic learning is emphasized, including a weekly lecture series, journal club, cadaver lab, grand rounds and research.

In addition, we strive to create excellent learning opportunities through clinical training with a wide-ranging surgical caseload, office rotations, medicine and surgery rotations, as well as interaction with other residents from the University of Miami.

Curriculum and Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Our program director and staff

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John S. Levin, DPM
Program Director

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Our core faculty

  • James Clancy, DPM
  • Michael Cohn, MD
  • Ezra Berkowitz, MD
  • David Abbasi, MD
  • Brandon Shallop, MD
  • Joshua Daly, DPM
  • Xavier Sanchez, DPM
  • Joshua Zager, DPM
  • Daniel Elgut, DPM
  • Juan Sardina, DPM
  • Hisham Ashry, DPM
  • Mark Hall, DPM
  • Alan Hartstein, DPM
  • Kevin Lapoff, DPM

Our core faculty

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Program Details

The primary goal of our residency program is to prepare our residents to become the foot and ankle surgeons of the future.

Residents will receive the most innovative and progressive curriculum that will help them acquire the knowledge, skills and behavioral attributes necessary for success in private practice. They will learn to become compassionate and professional caregivers in all potential healthcare settings including the acute care hospital, the ambulatory setting.

Our physicians will be trained both as Podiatric Surgeons and academic leaders. They will be required to use scientific thought and will receive training in both clinical and outcomes research. They will learn about the efficient and appropriate use of medical resources, a key to the future of medicine and surgery in the new millennium. Our graduates will have the skills necessary to pursue careers in any area of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

Our program will emphasize not only the scientific aspects of surgical practice but also the practical ones. Residents will gain those specific skills necessary for effective and caring patient interactions.

They will learn the meaning and value of teamwork in the healthcare setting and will specifically be incorporated into patient care teams along with other medical and non-medical professionals. Residents will be nurtured to bring out their best attributes and will be mentored toward helping them fulfill their maximum potential.

They will have the opportunity to expand their commitment towards professional growth, scholarship, lifelong learning and self-reflection and improvement. They will have the opportunity to practice in widely varied settings and amongst a broad diversity of patient populations, preparing them to specifically meet today's cultural challenges.

Extensive training alongside many Orthopedic Subspecialties sets our program apart. It is a unique opportunity to train at a level not seen in most podiatric surgical programs.

All of our faculty are physicians and surgeons committed to excellence in patient care and teaching. Every medical subspecialty is represented and residents will have ample opportunity for one on one interaction.

We are truly proud of the program at HCA Florida JFK Hospital. We are proud to have rotations associated with the University of Miami Internal Medicine Residency and General Surgical Residency, and we look forward to our future with enthusiasm and excitement!

Conference Schedule

Weekly Thursday meetings with Residency Teaching Faculty feature the following on a rotating basis:

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  • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Lecture Series: resident and attending physicians
  • Cadaver Dissection – Surgical Skills Lab
  • Journal Article Review
  • Book Review
  • Panel discussion on selected topics

Annual Stipend

  • PGY1: $54,267
  • PGY2: $55,869
  • PGY3: $57,637

Standard employee benefits as offered to other benefited employees of HCA Florida JFK Hospital to include Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

Day Care

On-site at HCA Florida JFK Hospital

HCA Florida JFK Hospital Charter School

This "A" rated school is available to all dependents of HCA Florida JFK Hospital.

To learn more, please visit the JFK Charter School website.

Graduate Medical Education Allowance

  • Payment of dues for membership to the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Payment of the NBPME fees for resident completing 1st year of the program
  • Payment of the ABPS Certification Examinations
  • Payment of Conference Expenses with pre-approval of Program Director
  • Standard employee benefits as offered to other benefitted employees of HCA Florida JFK Hospital to include (health and dental insurance, life insurance, etc.)
  • Laptop and phone

Malpractice Insurance

Paid for by HCA Florida JFK Hospital and limited to activities within the training program


Meals provided on campus

Paid Time Off

  • Two weeks of vacation per year
  • Extended illness bank


Free parking at all facilities


Two new lab coats per year furnished by HCA Florida JFK Hospital at the beginning of each academic year

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All applications processed through the CASPR Residency Application Service

Program Details

Conference Schedule

Day Care

HCA Florida JFK Hospital Charter School

Graduate Medical Education Allowance

Malpractice Insurance


Paid Time Off




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Mission Statement

The HCA Florida JFK Hospital PMSR program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents' perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program

Find answers to the most common questions about our program!

How long is the residency training?

Our program is accredited as a PMS-36 with RRA certification.

How many residency positions are available?

Two positions are available per training year.

What is emphasized in the curriculum for Podiatric Medicine?

The HCA Florida JFK Hospital PMS-36/ RRA program provides diverse training in both the Clinical and Surgical settings. The curriculum has, at its core, a broad concentration in the medical and surgical sub-specialties. The curriculum is designed to give the resident a broad and comprehensive experience with diverse exposure. It uniquely integrates allopathic training rotations into core rotations.

In addition to a diverse curriculum, the program is heavily focused on surgical training. Rotations in trauma, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery serve as the foundation of our surgical training. As a core principle, the program seeks to integrate didactic education with clinical rotations. A focus on diagnosis and surgical decision-making serves as the foundation of our extensive podiatric surgical rotation.

What are the residents call schedule responsibilities?

All residents take on call shifts on a rotational basis. There is backup by senior year residents with a core faculty member responsible for all resident staff.

Do you provide extern housing?

Yes, housing is provided to our externs.

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Podiatric Surgical Residency Program | HCA Florida? ›

HCA Florida JFK Hospital's Podiatric Surgical Residency Program is a comprehensive three-year program with additional RRA Certification. Our residents experience an intensive, well-rounded education in a fully integrated teaching hospital setting.

Is there a residency shortage in podiatry? ›

This year the estimated number is 60" and may go as high as 80. Since all but 6 states now require a residency to practice, some view this as a crisis.

Is podiatry residency competitive? ›

Prospective podiatric residents face a competitive landscape. The ratio of graduating students to the number of available entry-level residency positions is slightly imbalanced. The profession is working hard to create a sufficient number of residency positions to allow for variation from year to year.

Can a podiatrist become a Doctor? ›

Podiatrists must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from an accredited college of podiatric medicine. A DPM degree program takes 4 years to complete. There are 9 colleges of podiatric medicine accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

Do podiatrists go through med school? ›

Podiatrists are doctors, but they don't go to traditional medical school. They have their own schools and professional associations. They also have "DPM" (doctor of podiatric medicine) after their names instead of "MD" (medical doctor).

Do podiatry students take Usmle? ›

No podiatric medical students have taken the USMLE. They are not eligible. What has occurred is that in 2017, second-year students at the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University took the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) administered by the NBME.

Is podiatry a dying field? ›

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1.8 percent employment growth for podiatrists between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 200 jobs should open up.

What is a good GPA in podiatry school? ›

Additional Requirements. Podiatric medical schools highly consider your cumulative GPA as well as your prerequisite science GPA, so it's important for you to maintain a competitive GPA. The average cumulative GPA for accepted podiatry students is a 3.3 with an average science GPA of 3.2.

Is podiatry school harder than medical school? ›

Harder or easier when compared to Undergrad?- definitely harder. I mean it is a medical school so you are taking classes during the first two years (for the most part) that any other MD/DO students are taking, granted the examinations might differ.

Can a podiatrist do surgery? ›

A podiatrist is specifically trained to assess, diagnose and manage foot complaints. Whilst a podiatrist is not medically trained and therefore not a doctor, extensive postgraduate training enables podiatrists to perform foot surgery.

What is the average MCAT score for podiatry school? ›

We desire that each Podiatric Medicine student
Applicant Scores
Average Overall GPA3.51
Average Science GPA3.42
Average MCAT Score497

Is being a podiatrist worth it? ›

The average podiatrist makes $148,000 per year, which is substantially less than the average physician, yet podiatry school is roughly the same cost as medical school – approximately $40,000 per year. With four years of medical school and 3 years of internal medicine residency, you would make an average of $248,000.

Is an MD better than a DPM? ›

Medical Doctors (MDs) Have a Broader, Less Focused Education

With over 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the human foot alone, podiatrists have a much better idea of what might be wrong with their patients with foot and ankle problems.

Is podiatry easier than medical school? ›

Podiatrist. The level of difficulty is the same. In fact, at many of the programs, basic science courses are taken with the MD/DO students. This all culminates in part one of the board exams which are very similar to the USMLE step one.

DO podiatrists take the MCAT? ›

Traditionally the MCAT has been the only standardized test required for admissions to the podiatric medical schools. MCAT exams taken more than three (3) years prior to application are NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Which podiatry school is best? ›

List Of The 15 Best Podiatry Schools In The World
  • #1 New York College of Podiatric Medicine. ...
  • #2 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. ...
  • #3 Samuel Merritt University. ...
  • #4 Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center. ...
  • #5 Western University of Health Sciences. ...
  • #6 Midwestern University-Glendale.
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DO podiatrists cut toenails? ›

While you may be able to care for your toenails at home, you can also schedule a visit with the podiatrists at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists to trim your toenails properly. It is during this visit that many overlooked preventive measures are performed.

How many podiatry schools are there in the US? ›

Accredited U.S. Podiatric Medical Schools

The nine schools and colleges of podiatric medicine offer graduate or pre-doctoral training programs in podiatric medicine.

Who is the best foot surgeon in the United States? ›

Alan MacGill, Named One of U.S.'s Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in 2020 by BECKER'S. Alan A. MacGill, DPM, our board-certified foot and ankle surgeon at Spine & Orthopedic Center, has been named one of the Top 38 Foot & Ankle Surgeons to Know in 2020.

What is a foot surgeon called? ›

A podiatrist is a comprehensive foot and ankle physician and surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon is bone and joint surgeon for all body parts.

What type of surgery can a podiatrist perform? ›

Surgical Procedures
  • Foot and Ankle Surgical Procedures. Surgery on the foot, ankle or lower leg is usually performed by podiatric surgeons and orthopedic surgeons specializing in the foot and ankle. ...
  • Achilles Surgery. ...
  • Arthritis Surgery. ...
  • Cyst Removal. ...
  • Heel Surgery. ...
  • Nerve Surgery (Neuroma)

Do podiatrists do amputations? ›

Podiatrists apply for and are granted privileges to perform amputations (toes), ankle surgery, and/or club foot repair.

Should I go to a podiatrist or orthopedist? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

What are my chances of getting into podiatry school? ›

After a slight increase between 2004 and 2009, the applications to podiatric medical schools have leveled off and remained at around 1,000 applicants in 2014. Of these, 600 will gain placement into a podiatric medical school. This represents an acceptance ratio of 60 percent.

Where do podiatrist make the most money? ›

Best-Paying States for Podiatrists

The states and districts that pay Podiatrists the highest mean salary are Maine ($214,960), Nebraska ($206,050), New Hampshire ($192,130), Oklahoma ($187,420), and North Carolina ($186,100).

Are podiatrists rich? ›

Podiatrist salaries vary widely by city and state

As far as the lowest paying states, Kentucky ($109,710) and Rhode Island ($112,070) are the worst paying. California is near the bottom, too ($123,130). There's a great deal of fluctuation by year, too.

How happy are podiatrists? ›

Podiatrists are below average when it comes to happiness. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, podiatrists rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 23% of careers.

What is the most common problem treated by podiatrist? ›

The most common foot problem that a podiatrist treats is heel pain. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of different conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Treatment for heel pain often includes things like stretching exercises, orthotic devices, or cortisone injections.

What DO podiatrists DO for diabetics? ›

A podiatrist is an important part of your diabetes health care team. Podiatrists are specifically trained to assess the nerve damage in your feet, identify your specific foot health risks, and help you come up with a treatment and prevention plan.

Is a podiatrist a medical doctor in Canada? ›

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) is a highly trained specialist in care of the feet. Podiatrists are one of six primary care professions, authorized by Ontario Law to communicate their diagnosis to patients.

What is DPM after a name? ›

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.

Is becoming a podiatrist hard? ›

Podiatry programs are typically selective, though not quite as hard to get into as the most prestigious M.D. programs, Trepal says. "Admission to a college of Podiatric Medicine is indeed competitive, although not at the level of an Ivy League or top-tier Allopathic Medical School," he wrote.

How long is training for a podiatrist? ›

The most popular way into podiatry is through an approved degree course or a Masters degree in podiatry. It usually takes two to three years full time and over four years part-time.

What percentile is 518 on MCAT? ›

Attaining a score of 518 on the MCAT means you performed in the 97% percentile. An even distribution for the section scores is preferred.

What is the average MCAT score? ›

Your MCAT total score will be in the range of 472-528 with an average score of 500. Each of the four MCAT sections is scored between 118-132 with an average score of 125. Applicants accepted to allopathic (MD-granting) medical schools for the 2021-2022 year had an average MCAT score of 511.9.

What is medical school acceptance rate? ›

Med School Acceptance Rates

In 2018–2019, 21,622 applicants were accepted to allopathic (MD) medical schools out of the 52,777 who applied, for an overall acceptance rate of 41%. You can find acceptance rates for particular schools you are considering in our medical school profiles .

Why is there not enough residency spots? ›

Although medical schools have since continued to grow, expanding too quickly could result in a surplus of medical graduates with nowhere to do their residencies. That's because of the other major bottleneck in the pipeline — the low number of residency positions.

Is there a shortage of podiatrists in the UK? ›

Despite the challenges, just 126 graduates qualified as podiatrists in England in 2021, and there is now one podiatrist per 5,500 residents in England.

Are residency positions increasing? ›

The legislation calls for adding up to 200 positions annually, and states that no hospital can get more than 25 new full-time equivalent residency positions in total. It also requires that at least 10% of the slots be placed in each of the following categories of hospitals that are: In rural areas.

How many residency spots are there 2022? ›

The 2022 Main Residency Match had 47,675 registrants, 1,025 fewer than 2021 and the first year since 2003 in which the number of registrants decreased compared to the previous year. The Match included 42,549 active applicants, those who submitted certified rank order lists of programs.

Is a do less qualified than an MD? ›

In the United States, doctors are either an MD (allopathic doctor) or DO (osteopathic doctor). For patients, there's virtually no difference between treatment by a DO vs MD. In other words, you should be equally comfortable if your doctor is an M.D. or a D.O.

Is podiatry a dying profession? ›

Podiatry is not a dying field and I can't see it ever dying especially with a huge diabetic population. If you've shadowed enough, you'll realize that podiatrists are VERY good at what they do. Yes, other people can do some of the things we do, but we are the best at everything foot and ankle related.

What can you do with a podiatry degree? ›

As a qualified Podiatrist the following are all possible:

Business owner running a private practice. Medical sales representative. Lecturer or researcher working in a university. Self employed locum working in private practices and private hospitals.

How long does it take to train as a podiatrist? ›

The most popular way into podiatry is through an approved degree course or a Masters degree in podiatry. It usually takes two to three years full time and over four years part-time.


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