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New York Hospital Queens is a leading center for Podiatric Surgery, Research and Education in New York City. We seek residents who desire comprehensive training involving all aspects of care for the foot. The podiatry department provides hospital-based training that gives extensive experience in hospital management of the podiatric patient as well as ambulatory training.

NYHQ has a team approach to the diabetic foot, employing the endocrinologist, internist, vascular surgeon, podiatric surgeon and plastic surgeon in the treatment of complex problems to allow for salvage of limbs that otherwise would need to be amputated.

In addition to diabetic foot care, our podiatrists provide surgical services by employing state-of-the-art arthroscopic, endoscopic and open techniques for the treatment of foot deformities and injuries, utilizing the latest in internal and external fixation. Our surgeons also have extensive training and experience in the treatment of complex pediatric and adult rearfoot and forefoot deformities as well as bunions, hammertoes, and arthritic conditions of the foot.

The Podiatric Residency is a four year program providing comprehensive training in clinical and surgical skills that allow its graduates to become leaders in their field. There are weekly teaching rounds, grand rounds and case presentations. Furthermore, a weekly continuing medical education lecture series, with nationally-recognized lecturers, attracts practitioners from around the city. We have several clinics for foot care, including those devoted to foot trauma, Diabetic foot care, reconstructive pediatric and adult foot surgery, clubfoot casting and routine foot care. Externships are available.

  • Students often ask, why the fourth year? Our answer is we did not add a fourth year. Rather, we added a first year that is considered an intern year with extensive training in Medicine, rotations in General surgery, Emergency Room, Vascular surgery, Orthopaedics, Anesthesiology and Behavioral Science. After this year you will have a better understanding of managing an in-house patient on the podiatry service.
  • The second year is based at the hospital, providing an introduction to forefoot surgery with rotations in Podiatric medicine and surgery, in house patient care and weekly clinics, and a rotation in radiology.
    The third year builds on those skills gained in the second year, with more extensive training in forefoot and rear foot surgery, care of the trauma patient, introduction to external fixators and access to outside skills courses and conferences. A rotation in Infectious disease is also included. All podiatric surgical numbers are exceeded after the third year. 
  • In the fourth year residents gain responsibility for teaching and supervising fellow residents and externs. This year allows ample time to pursue areas of individual academic interests. A research project is completed during this year, as well as a rotation in advanced rearfoot surgery, advanced external fixation training, advanced plastic surgery course, and additional training from outside courses and conferences including those associated with ACFAS, the Kurgan Russia Ilizarov program, and humanitarian medical missions.
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