The Saint Joseph Hospital/Chicago, IL PM&S-36 Program is a PGY 1-3 program located at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago.
The program was surveyed and evaluated for compliance in June 2010 by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Saint Joseph Hospital's Podiatric Residency Program received a five-year certification.
The mission of our program: train podiatric physicians who are prepared for the daily challenges of clinical and surgical practice. Teaching at the post-graduate level, conducting entry-level research, and passing the specialty boards that are required by the profession and hospitals throughout the nation. Our mission embodies these requirements, which means residents receive a comprehensive experience to prepare them for their future in medicine. Program faculty consists of board-certified podiatric and allopathic physicians who are dedicated to the education of our residents. The faculty consists of an attending staff with diverse interests in all areas of the specialty.
Residents encounter a diverse patient population through the many rotation sites in which they participate. The combined logs of our recent graduates exceeds 3,000 patient contacts at the clinical and surgical level for each resident, which is the experience that provides ample opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the training experience. The residents also encounter the office experience during rotations to help them strengthen their critical thinking skills, which are essential to private practice.
The residents play an active role in the program by working on committees, presenting lectures, grand rounds, and in-services for themselves, students, allopathic residents, attending staff and ancillary staff at each of the affiliated sites. They are responsible to each other as mentors to ensure a smooth transition into each academic year. We stress cooperation and collaboration as a team both within and outside of the program, whether it pertains to achieving the clinical and surgical requirements mandated by the Council, or participating in one of the residency's social events three times a year.
Rotations are typically determined quarterly and assessed as they are completed by evaluating the rotation, the sites within that rotation and the attending faculty at each site. The residents meet twice monthly, on the first and third Monday, with the director to ensure appropriate supervision and communication is maintained. Journal club, lectures, committee duties and other workshops are presented at these meetings, and sometimes independently on other occasions. The residents are encouraged to actively participate at the meetings and identify the assets and liabilities they perceive in their training.
The program directors and the Academic Affairs staff are devoted to the advancement of the education of our residents. They are actively involved to ensure that the residency training experience is healthy and rewarding for both residents and patients alike. Patient-physician interaction is long remembered by each. It is our goal to create podiatric physicians who have a well-rounded clinical and surgical education to provide exceptional care for their patients.
Frank William Zappa, DPM
Director of Podiatric Medical Education
Saint Joseph Hospital