Teaching is a major focus on the St. Mary's Medical Center podiatric residency. Within many of our rotations we are working with students or residents from other specialties and it is expected that our residents will increase their knowledge base within podiatry.
The following are some examples of rotations and who we help to teach:
- Emergency Department: 4th year medical students, emergency department residents
- Foot and Ankle Surgery: 2nd and 3rd year podiatric medical students, 4th year podiatric externs
- General Surgery: 3rd year podiatric medical students
- Internal Medicine: 4th year medical students, medicine residents
- Foot and Ankle Surgery: 2nd and 3rd year podiatric medical students, 4th year podiatric externs, PGY1 Podiatric Surgery residents
- Foot and Ankle Surgery: 2nd and 3rd year podiatric medical students, 4th year podiatric externs, PGY1 and PGY2 Podiatric Surgery residents
Teaching takes a variety of forms throughout residency. These include:
- Being available to answer questions
- Letting students follow a patient with you and reviewing their notes and discussing pertinent topics as they arise Instructing students during surgery, particularly with suturing
- Organizing handouts on topics and lecturing
- Putting together Powerpoint presentations and lecturing
- Teaching hands-on skills (e.g. ABG's, inserting a catheter, etc.)
St. Mary's Medical Center prides itself on giving back to the community. They achieve this partly through free health screenings. There is typically one health fair a month that podiatry residents are asked to participate in. At times the residents are the only doctors present, other health fairs have other medical residents or attendings. This typically occurs on a Saturday, for half of the day. The Sisters at St. Mary's are always very thankful for our participation, as are the patients.