Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency Externship Rotation

The podiatric medical student will rotate at St. Rita’s Medical Center for one month, working closely with the Podiatry Surgical Residents and Attendings to gain further knowledge in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery.  Complimentary housing is available to the podiatric medical student on a first-come, first serve basis.

Application for externships should be made through the Uniform Clerkship Application Process.

Dress code for all externs is professional attire (slacks, shirt, or blouse). Scrubs are permitted during surgery observation. All students must wear a clean white lab coat at all times.

Externship is recommended, but not required.

Hospital visitation is encouraged. For more information about hospital visitations, contact Stacy Schulte at (419) 996-5559 or via email

Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency - Rotations

The following rotations are designed to give the resident graded experiences and responsibility in the management of patients and recognition and understanding of clinical entities (this will have reference particularly to the field of foot and ankle surgery, but will also refer to all related medical and surgical areas). The residents will be given an educational program on the post graduate level which will emphasize the basic and clinical sciences. Instruction will be provided primarily by the medical, surgical and podiatric staff members of St. Rita’s Medical Staff.

To further enhance interprofessional relationships, consultations between the professions are encouraged at all times. The resident is assigned a prescribed tour of duty in each of the major departments of the hospital or affiliate institutions for further observation and training in the particular branch of medicine and surgery.

Clinical Rotations

PGY 1:

  • Anesthesiology - 2 weeks
  • Behavioral Science - 1 week
  • Emergency Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Family Medicine - 2 weeks
  • General Surgery - 2 weeks
  • Infectious Disease - 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine Hospitalist - 2 weeks
  • Pathology - 2 weeks
  • Physicial Medicine and Rehabilitation - 2 weeks
  • Plastic Surgery - 2 weeks
  • Radiology - 2 weeks
  • Podiatry Medicine
  • Podiatry Surgery
  • Wound Care - Clinic

PGY 2:

  • Emergency Medicine - 2 weeks
  • General Surgery - 4 weeks
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Management - 2 weeks
  • Plastic Surgery - 2 weeks
  • Sports Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Podiatry Medicine
  • Podiatry Surgery
  • Wound Care - Clinic

PGY 3:

  • Orthopedics - 4 weeks
  • Podiatry Medicine
  • Podiatry Surgery
  • Wound Care - Clinic

Academics: 

  • McGlamry Review
  • Podiatry Grand Rounds
  • Limb and Suture Lab
  • Journal Club
  • Clinical Pathological Case Reference
  • Biomechanics, bracing, orthotics

Presentations and Research:

  • ACFAS Conference
  • CV Symposium
  • Midwest Podiatry Academy Quickie Seminar 
  • Podiatry Grand Rounds 
  • Trauma Symposium

In-training examinations:

  • ABFAS
  • ABPM

Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency Affiliations

In order to gain additional experience, residents are extended privileges at area hospitals. Case selection is determined by the Residency Director and/or Chief Resident. All podiatric cases must be covered at St. Rita’s Medical Center before a resident is sent to an offsite rotation.

  • Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center
  • Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital of Lima
  • Lima Memorial Health System
  • Wilson Memorial Hospital
  • Van Wert County Hospital