Department of Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

Alan Mlodzienski headshotTo Prospective Podiatric Residents:

The accelerating evolution of the great medical/surgical enterprise has required a continual evaluation and reformation of both pre and post graduate medical education as an effort to maintain current knowledge during an exponential expansion of science and technology. The problem is immense even if the focus is concentrated upon individual physician education and his/her patients, and the qualitative aspects of individual physician's performance. Important considerations for the role of the physician/surgeon in the health care system, the physician/surgeon's contributions to society, productivity of the individual physician and the effects of formal organization on physician performance is often ignored for the purpose of time resourcefulness. Universally, the strategy for medical education is specialization and increased commitment to the time period necessary for completing the education process.

Two concepts were introduced to the Podiatric Residency Program which are consistent with this improvement of education processes under the present restraints of scientific knowledge doubling every three years. These educative concepts are:

  • The chief objective of this residency is the graduation of the most advanced and sophisticated podiatric surgery to date. This will be accomplished through a four year residency in reconstructive and traumatological surgery of the foot and ankle.
  • The establishment of a four year Residency means expanding the education period, recognizing the podiatric surgeon must acquire the unique combination of scientific knowledge, humanistic characteristics, psychomotor skills and technical know-how in order to practice quality podiatric surgery.

Residency training involves increasing the standard of education by expanding a program to four years. This provides for a foundational study in General Surgery corresponding with the increased responsibility of the podiatric surgeon. The resources available at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center – Presbyterian provide an environment that has a tradition of pursuit of academic excellence. The environment is suited to the long-term goals and objectives of this Residency Training Program.

Alan J. Mlodzienski, DPM, FACFAS
Director, Podiatric Surgical Residency Program
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Overview

    The purpose of the residency program in podiatric surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is to fulfill the educational requirements for each individual graduate's surgical competency to be developed beyond the present worldwide community of surgeons endeavoring in the discipline of foot and ankle surgery.

  • Surgical Training and Rotations

    Review the training and rotation requirements for the residency program.

  • Academics

    Information about academics, research & community service

  • Externships

    Students from all podiatric schools are welcome to apply for a one-month rotation with our program.

  • Faculty

    Meet the faculty for the Division of Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery.

  • Residents

    Meet the residents of the Division of Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery.

  • Fellowship

    Penn Presbyterian Medical Center offers a two year, patient-oriented clinical research fellowship in podiatric medicine and surgery.

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