Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Podiatry Residency welcomes you to apply to our program!

As part of Virtua, a multi-hospital healthcare organization serving the beautiful suburban neighborhoods of the South Jersey community, our three year residency program offers a wealth of educational opportunities and experiences in podiatric medicine.


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.


The Virtua Podiatry Residency will provide superb, comprehensive Podiatric Medical Education, resulting in physicians and surgeons who are committed to lifelong learning and to providing the highest personal patient medical and surgical care.

We are dedicated to developing a learning community of current and future clinicians, educators, and surgeons guided by Podiatric Medicine’s core values, and using best practices to promote professionalism, humanism, cultural competency, and critical thinking.


Please contact us if you have any questions about application or our program. We can be reached via email bthompson@virtua.org or by phone at (856) 325-3718. If you are a patient, please contact the Virtua Podiatry Center, 1000 Atlantic Avenue, Camden, NJ at 856-246-3543


As part of our commitment to the community our residents have participated in several health fairs, community events and community service.

Podiatry Residency Information

Behaviors Expected of Residents

  • Understanding of and doing of what needs to be done for patient care
  • Balancing of personal/professional lives within the expected goals of patient care
  • Being a team player
  • Being a teacher to patients, students, the Virtua world
  • Being a role model for the profession of podiatry
  • Have a professional sense of ethics which guide behaviors

Residency Facilities

As a resident in the Virtua Podiatry Residency program, you will have the unique opportunity to work at several Virtua hospitals and affiliates:

  • Virtua Voorhees, Voorhees, NJ
  • Summit Surgical Center, Voorhees, NJ
  • Virtua Camden, Camden, NJ
  • Virtua Marlton, Marlton, NJ
  • Virtua Mount Holly, Mount Holly, NJ
  • Virtua Health & Wellness Center, Sewell, NJ
  • Vantage Surgical Center, Medford, NJ

Learn More about the new Virtua Voorhees hospital

On May 2011, the new Virtua Voorhees Hospital opened. The hospital focuses on the emergency, surgical, and medical needs of adults with a separate adults-only emergency room and a wing exclusively for complex adult surgery performed in state-of-the-art operating suites. All hospital rooms are private and family friendly with an area for someone to comfortably stay overnight. There is an entire wing devoted to women and children. The hospital provides a warm, welcoming and healing environment while promoting personalized service and enhanced healing through the use of light, space and technology. The hospital is entirely digital via our very sophisticated EMR system, which includes computerized order entry and physician documentation.

Virtua Plans Expansion at Camden Outpatient Center

The 34,500-square-foot Family Health Center, expected to open by the fall of 2018, will allow Virtua to consolidate and upgrade medical services now scattered throughout a former hospital at Mount Ephraim and Atlantic avenues. The Podiatry Clinic will be part of this new facility.


Residency training provides a combination of medical and surgical experiences that are competency-based. Virtua’s 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) includes training in rear foot and ankle surgery.

Podiatry Service 7 months
General Surgery 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
Radiology 2 weeks
Anesthesiology 2 weeks
Orthopedics 1 month
Wound Care 2 weeks
Dermatology 2 weeks

Podiatry Service 7 months
Office Rotations 2 months
Behavioral Science 2 weeks
Pathology 2 weeks
Family Medicines 1 month
Infectious Disease 1 month

Podiatry Service 6 months
Reconstructive Rearfoot 6 months

Salary & Benefits

    PGY1    $59,300.80
    PGY2    $61,668
    PGY3    $62,812


Other benefits include:
CME: $1,500 & 5 days (all years)

Vacation: 3 weeks (all years)

Health: Medical, dental and vision coverage for resident and dependents with minimal employee contribution. QualCare is New Jersey's largest provider-owned managed care network. This medical plan is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families. It provides an opportunity for reduced administrative costs. This transition better positioned us for changes that will accompany healthcare reform.

Professional Liability Insurance: Coverage for resident rotations (occurrence plus policy).


  • 2 Lab Coats
  • On-call meals
  • One time state licensure and permit fee
  • Up to $1,000 in one-time moving expenses
  • On-site child daycare facility on the Voorhees campus (all residents eligible)
  • BLS, ALS, and PALS training

Program Director & Residents

Meet the Program Director & Residents:

John Girimonte
John Girimonte, DPM
Podiatry Residency Program Director

Dr. John Girimonte is a graduate of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. After he completed his Podiatry residency at Virtua in 2000, he accepted a position as a faculty member in the Camden Podiatry Center. Dr. Girimonte became Program Director for the residency in September of 2006. He is very proud to be a former resident of the program and enthusiastically conveys to his residents the importance of obtaining the premier skills and knowledge to become the quality and future of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.


PGY 3:

Kyle Shaw, DPM
Kyle Shaw, DPM

Kirstyn Urbas, DPM
Kirstyn Urbas, DPM

PGY 2:

Payal Patel, DPM 
Payal Patel, DPM

Thomas Sacchetta, DPM
Thomas Sacchetta, DPM

PGY 1:

Arala Cohen, DPM
Arala Cohen, DPM

Sonam Patel, DPM
Sonam Patel, DPM


What is Virtua Health?
Please visit our website at www.virtua.org to find out more information on Virtua.


What are the candidate eligibility requirements?
All applicants must meet the following criteria for a PGY1 position (criteria are strictly enforced- to be fair to all applicants):


 Virtua Podiatry Residency Criteria


To be considered by Virtua Podiatry Residency for a PGY1 position:

  1. All applications must come through the CASPR.
  2. No faxes or emails will be accepted. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE PRE-SCREENED!
  3. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. Virtua will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.
  4. The date of medical school graduation cannot exceed 2 years prior to the academic year.
  5. All applicants must be interviewed in person before being accepted

Standards and Practices for Resident Selection

How do I apply?
CASPRweb.org is the online application that allows programs, students, and colleges to submit and receive information electronically.

The CASPR site explains how CASPR works and outlines the steps for using CASPRweb throughout the cycle. CASPRweb is easy to use, but it is important that you read and understand how the service works

What does the interview day look like?

  • Interviews are held in January
  • Interviews are with Faculty, Residents and Program Director
  • Held at Virtua Voorhees

Are walk-ins welcome on the day of interview?

Walk-ins will NOT be interviewed. The residency program requires that documents be submitted in full through CASPR. Careful consideration is applied to each candidate’s documentation packet prior to their invitation and arrival for their interview. If you are interested in the program, please take the proper steps to apply through CASPR as this will be the only way that your candidacy will be considered.