Is your hospital a good candidate to sponsor a podiatric residency program? Does it already sponsor a program but there just aren’t enough residents to cover the cases? With almost 220 podiatric residency programs in the nation’s hospitals, there is great opportunity for growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that employment for podiatrists is expected to increase 20 percent from now until 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, due to the aging and diabetes-prolific US population. But residency training must be completed first!
To help facilitate growth and expansion, the American Podiatric Medical Association, in concert with the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine’s (AACPM) Council on Teaching Hospitals, is offering podiatric physicians and their respective hospitals assistance in both establishing residencies and increasing the number of authorized resident positions. A helpline, 800-372-0775, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has been established to assist individuals in developing podiatric medicine and surgery residency programs in hospitals and academic health centers. Calls made to the line are answered by CPME residency liaisons and/or members of AACPM’s Institutional Residency Development Committee during normal business hours.
These individuals can help by describing the application and approval process, required rotations and other programmatic requirements, the benefits a residency program can bring to your institution, and the amount of graduate medical education funding available to your hospital.
If you are interested in receiving more information, call the helpline at 800-372-0775.