Virtua provides excellent resources for the podiatric residency program. The residents get the majority of their outpatient experience at Virtua Health Camden. They see patients at the Quintavalle Foot Health Center, part of the multidisciplinary Kyle W. Will Family Health Center that includes family practice, orthopedics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, dentistry and others specialties.
There are five podiatric attending physicians that serve the Quintavalle Foot Health center. This allows the residents to manage patients with the attendings and also to teach and supervise students from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM), making for an excellent learning environment. The Quintavalle Foot Health Center sees varied pathology including trauma, diabetic foot care and geriatric care. The residents are exposed to a good volume of diabetic and venous wounds through the chronic wound center.
The residents round on patients in all four hospitals, with Virtua Voorhees being the most active. The average podiatric inpatient census is 25 patients. The residents get experience in the management of the podiatric inpatient and interact with physicians from many disciplines.
The volume of surgical cases has remained high, with over 40 podiatric surgeons on staff. They also scrub with many orthopedic surgeons including several foot and ankle specialists. There is diversity in all areas of foot and ankle surgery with the possible exception of pediatric reconstruction. The residents operate at all four hospitals and at Summit Surgical Center, where the majority of the outpatient work is done.
To compensate for the low numbers of pediatric surgery, the program runs the Small Steps program, which allows the residents to go to a developing country to participate in numerous pediatric reconstructive cases.
The didactic program includes lectures from the podiatric and medical staff, journal club, case reviews, system wide CME and resident presentations to the students and attending physicians. The residents also attend area lectures by the Southern Division of the NJ Podiatry Society, TUSPM and monthly meetings with the area residencies.