Penn Presbyterian Medical Center offers a two year, patient-oriented clinical research fellowship in podiatric medicine and surgery. The fellowship provides aspiring investigators an opportunity to learn the principles of clinical research, and time to work on original and group research, while refining their skills in the clinical practice setting. This program offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding candidate with a strong interest in patient-oriented research who demonstrates the ability to work both independently and as part of a group. Because clinical research questions arise during clinical practice, when a clinician is face-to-face with patients, the candidate must also be a compassionate provider of patient care. The program’s focus is on clinical research, and not on refining surgical skills in the operating room. Podiatric Research Fellows will:

  • Collaborate in clinical research with Penn attendings and residents
  • Manage patients in a busy foot and ankle surgical practice
  • Gain an understanding of different clinical research methods—randomized controlled trials, cohort and case-control studies, health measurements and surveys, quasi-experiments, and other investigational techniques
  • Design, implement, and analyze an original (the fellow’s own) research project
  • Learn how health measurement applies to epidemiological research
  • Learn and refine one’s skills for critically appraising the medical literature
  • Gain an understanding of biostatistical principles that pertain to epidemiology
  • Develop, maintain, and statistically interpret a set of clinical data
  • Participate on a Penn institutional review board
  • Develop, present, and publish original research posters, abstracts, and reports
  • Program Director

    D. Scot Malay headshotD. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, FACFAS
    Authorized Positions: 2
    Accreditation: Council on Podiatric Medical Education/Joint Commission
    Conditional Accreditation: American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

    Current Fellows

    Modupe Apetuje, DPM
    Mohammad Khan, DPM

    Recent Post Graduate Fellows:

    2020-2021: Alton Johnson, DPM, and Adam McDonald, DPM
    2017-2018: Hye Kim, DPM, AACFAS, and Melissa Younger, DPM
    2016-2017: Raafae Hussain, DPM, and Lauren Pruner, DPM
    2015-2016: Eric VonHerbulis, DPM, and Brittany Winfeld, DPM

    Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
    51 N. 39th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Phone (215) 622-9664, Fax (215) 243-3223

    For more information or to apply, Email: Jill Mellbye,

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