podiatry-camden

Podiatry Residency

INTRODUCTION

Our goal is to produce skilled practitioners of podiatric medicine and surgery who can compete in today's marketplace. The program is expanding to three years in anticipation of The American Board of Podiatric Surgery requirements for three years for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

HISTORY

The Virtua Health podiatric residency began in 1984 as a 24-month podiatric surgical program at West Jersey Health System. The program provided one slot per year until 1988 at which time a second slot was added. In 1999, the West Jersey Health System merged with Memorial Hospital Burlington County to form Virtua Health.

ABOUT VIRTUA HEALTH

Virtua Health, with more than 7,000 employees and 1,700 physicians providing services, is the largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey. It is comprised of four hospitals including Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mt. Holly, and Virtua West Jersey Hospitals in Berlin, Marlton and Voorhees.

More than 7,000 babies are born annually at the hospitals in Mt. Holly and Voorhees, where comprehensive neonatal intensive care for premature newborns is available. Pediatric primary and specialty care services are offered as part of the Virtua duPont Children's Health Program, an affiliation with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

With five strategically located emergency centers, it handles more emergencies - and pediatric emergencies - than any other hospital in South Jersey.

Virtua Health also serves the community with comprehensive primary care and emergency and specialty services at its outpatient center in Camden; two long-term comprehensive care centers located in Berlin and Mount Holly; two outpatient surgery centers located in Mt. Holly and Voorhees; and a home-health care agency.

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Programs

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.

Rotations

Clinical Podiatry

  1. In a compassionate and cost-effective manner, prevent, diagnose, and manage diseases and disorders of the lower extremity, which include the following systems: circulatory, musculoskeletal, neurologic, metabolic and integumentary. Components include:
    1. History and physical exams as they relate to pathology of the lower extremity.
    2. Perform and interpret appropriate imaging, laboratory, gait and other diagnostic studies.
    3. Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis and management plan which may include education, prevention and treatment strategies.
    4. Perform treatment techniques by medical and surgical means. Recognize the need to refer when necessary.
    5. Assess the treatment plan and revise as necessary.
    6. Determine cost-benefit ratios, lower risk, and most ethical care with regard to the patient and community when considering treatment options.
  2. Assess medical conditions that affect the lower extremity and refer, as appropriate, those patients with conditions identified.
    1. Perform history and physical.
    2. Recognize abnormal medical history and physical findings and formulate a differential diagnosis.
    3. Provide a management plan incorporating health promotion and education, diagnostic modalities and appropriate referral.
  3. Practice with professionalism, compassion, and concern in an ethical fashion regardless of the patient's social class, race or espoused needs.
    1. Be familiar with ethical boundaries and state laws governing practice acts.
    2. Recognize the need to deliver care in a caring, compassionate and humane manner.
    3. Be a professionally inquisitive lifelong learner.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate with others and to function in a multidisciplinary manner.
    1. Communicate in oral and written form with patients, peers, and other professionals and the public.
    2. Demonstrate appropriate choice and method of referral to other health care providers.
    3. Demonstrate listening and interviewing skills.
    4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills and an understanding of patient needs.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of public health concepts, health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of practice management skills in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital and multidisciplinary practices.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of insurance coding and billing.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of handling employee-employer relationships.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory systems including DEA, State, STARK and other federal requirements.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of medical-legal considerations.
  6. Demonstrate abilities in research, scholarly activity and information management.
    1. Demonstrate ability to locate, read and interpret medical and scientific literature.
    2. Design, collect and interpret data in a formal study related to podiatry.
    3. Demonstrate computer skills.

Anesthesia
The resident will learn the procedures for the admission of various types of anesthesia. The resident will become competent in intubation, IV administration and the administration of local anesthesia. The resident will obtain knowledge in perioperative management.

Medicine
The goal of this program is to provide the resident with the medical knowledge necessary to be a highly competent podiatric practitioner. Although it is not expected that the resident be competent to treat a wide variety of medical problems, it is expected that the residents recognize common medical pathology and have a clear understanding how to communicate within the medical community. The resident shall demonstrate competence in performing history and physical examinations. The resident will become proficient at managing the podiatric inpatient and perioperative patients in conjunction with primary medicine. The resident will become proficient at handling medical emergencies.

There will be a four-week block medicine rotation and ongoing training involving podiatric inpatient involvement as well as various didactic activities. The resident will also have a four-week block rotation in emergency medicine

Orthopedic Surgery
The resident will obtain a basic knowledge of orthopedic surgical protocol, technique and indications. The resident will also obtain the orthopedic approach to foot and ankle pathology. The resident will obtain a basic knowledge of common orthopedic pathology and treatment (injections, casting etc).

Medical Imaging
The resident will become competent in the indications and interpretation of lower extremity imaging. The resident will become familiar with other imaging procedures and indications. The following are general areas to be covered: soft tissue and bone tumors, chest films, arteriograms, fractures and trauma, biomechanical disorders. The resident will become familiar with angioplasty techniques.

General and Vascular Surgery
The resident will obtain a basic knowledge of surgical techniques as well as fundamentals of general and vascular surgery. The resident will also be conversant with common surgical problems, indications and contraindications of common surgical procedures. The resident will be familiar with the pre- and post-operative management of the surgical patient.

Emergency Medicine
The resident will become familiar with common emergency department pathology including protocol, procedures and technique. The resident will obtain working knowledge of lower extremity trauma and other emergent problems.

Clinical Pathology
The goal of this program is to provide the resident with the necessary knowledge and skills in pathology, as it relates to the podiatric practice, to become a highly competent practitioner. The resident will demonstrate knowledge in pathology including microbiology, laboratory values and the microscopic evaluation of tissue samples. The resident will demonstrate skills in the collection of blood samples and cultures, biopsy techniques and other tissue sampling procedures.

There will be a three-month sequential rotation one-day per week that will include microscopic pathology and skin biopsy technique. The residents will be evaluated by the podiatric faculty in an on-going fashion for competencies in laboratory, collection technique and surgical skills.

Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine is a two-week elective block rotation that may be completed in either the second or third year. The goal of this rotation is to familiarize the resident with the fundamentals of sports medicine. The resident will be able to identify and treat lower extremity sports medicine conditions. Although it is not expected that the resident be competent to treat a wide variety of non lower extremity sports medicine problems, it is expected that the residents recognize common medical pathology and have a clear understanding how to communicate within the medical community.

The resident shall demonstrate competence in performing history and physical examinations. The resident will be exposed to the medical and surgical management of sports medicine diseases and other pathology relative to podiatric medicine. This rotation in conjunction with didactic programs and ongoing inpatient management will give the resident the medical knowledge necessary to provide high quality care to their podiatric patients.

Infectious Disease
Infectious disease is a two-week elective block rotation that may be completed in either the second or third year. The goal of this rotation is to familiarize the resident with the fundamentals of infectious disease. Although it is not expected that the resident be competent to treat a wide variety of infectious disease problems, it is expected that the residents recognize common medical pathology and have a clear understanding how to communicate within the medical community.

The resident shall demonstrate competence in performing history and physical examinations. The resident will be exposed to the medical management of infectious disease and other pathology relative to podiatric medicine. This rotation in conjunction with didactic programs and ongoing inpatient management will give the resident the medical knowledge necessary to provide high quality care to their podiatric patients.

Dermatology
The goal of this rotation is to familiarize the resident with the fundamentals of dermatology. The resident will be able to identify and treat lower extremity dermatological conditions, including competence in diagnostic modalities. Although it is not expected that the resident be competent to treat a wide variety of non lower extremity dermatology problems, it is expected that the residents recognize common medical pathology and have a clear understanding how to communicate within the medical community.

The resident shall demonstrate competence in performing history and physical examinations. The resident will be exposed to the medical management of dermatological diseases and other pathology relative to podiatric medicine. This rotation in conjunction with didactic programs and ongoing inpatient management will give the resident the medical knowledge necessary to provide high quality care to their podiatric patients. This will be sequential rotation once a week for three months. A two-week elective block rotation is also available in the second or third year.

Salary

Residents receive the following:

  • Salary of $34,000
  • Full medical insurance for resident and dependents
  • Full professional liability insurance coverage
  • Two weeks vacation
  • Eight hospital holidays
  • Parking privileges in security-patrolled lots
  • Continuing education programs

Faculty

Paul R. Quintavalle, DPM, Residency Director
Christopher LaRosa, DPM, Associate Director

Paul R. Quintavalle, DPM, is a 1976 graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine. He did a 24-month podiatric surgical program at Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. A past president of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he has been active in podiatric education for over 20 years and served as chairman of the Education Enhancement Advisory Committee. Dr. Quintavalle is the founder of the residency program and has been on staff at Virtua for over 20 years. He is in private practice in Collingswood, NJ.

Christopher LaRosa, DPM, is a 1996 graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his post-graduate residency program in foot and ankle surgery at Virtua Health in Voorhees, NJ in 1998. From that point, he remained on staff and became part of the clinical and educational faculty with the Virtua Health Podiatric and Family Practice residency programs. Dr. LaRosa has also been the team Podiatric Physician for Rutgers University Camden Campus since 1999. He is currently on staff at Virtua and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, and maintains a private practice in Gibbsboro, NJ.

NJ Living

Camden County, New Jersey (just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is home to more than 500,000 residents.

Camden County offers the best of two worlds -- comfortable suburban living in safe, economically stable communities (such as Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel and Haddonfield) and access to some of the finest entertainment and recreational facilities in the northeast.


Commuter rail systems make travel into Philadelphia convenient and affordable. Philly is known for its fine restaurants, art museums, unique boutiques and historic buildings. Professional sports teams include the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, and Flyers.

The nearby Jersey Shore and Atlantic City provide a variety of entertainment year-round.


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To Apply

The Podiatric Residency Program participates in the CASPR match program. There are no additional program fees.

Contact:
Dr. Paul Quintavalle
Dr. Christopher LaRosa
Virtua Health Camden
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: 856-246-3543
E-mail: pquintavalle@virtua.org