Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program
Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program
Program director: Alan Catanzariti, DPM
Program length: 1 year (PGY3)
Residents per year: 3
Our Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Training Program has been actively preparing the next generation of foot and ankle specialists since 1996. Our residents follow busy clinical, surgical, and research schedules and benefit from excellent training facilities and one-on-one mentoring with our faculty.
The mission of our program is to foster understanding and creativity with respect to all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. This is provided through provocative interaction with faculty and peers and is supported with a full-service educationally conducive environment in the clinics, at the bedside, in the operating room, and with research.
Our surgical, clinical, and research programs are coordinated to provide a personalized training experience. Our primary goal is to create the finest foot and ankle surgeon possible and prepare our residents to assume leadership positions in virtually any capacity within our profession.
Upon graduation, our residents are highly sought after and aggressively pursued for employment. They are invariably presented with a variety of practice and teaching opportunities. Graduates of our program serve as directors and chiefs of clinical foot and ankle programs and research departments. They are involved in residency training and serve as faculty at the various podiatric medical colleges.
Applicants to our residency program must follow the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) application process of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM or 301.948.9764).
Interviews of applicants for our program are conducted in compliance with CPME regulations (Centralized Residency Interview Program, CRIP).
Applicants for a clerkship/externship must follow the uniform application process.
Foot and Ankle Residency Program
Foot and Ankle Residency Program, N1
West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Our program faculty and staff welcome your interest in our program. The primary goal of our program is to provide understanding and creativity in all facets of treatments of foot and ankle disorders. Our highly competitive program accepts graduates from podiatric medical colleges. We pay attention to the various facets of the applicant’s background, including cultural and intellectual attributes and present and future interests. We are interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds who have had unique experiences and who display technical and intellectual talents.
The residency training faculty members are strong supporters of the profession and committed to training the next generation of leaders in foot and ankle surgery. Our program remains one of the top programs in the United States and through its clinical training, innovation and research continues to strive for academic excellence.
Since its inauguration in 1996, our program has graduated 76 residents who have assumed positions of leadership throughout the profession. We receive approximately 45 applications for three residency positions, and approximately 20 candidates are interviewed.
Our residency training program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education through 2016.
Our program's special features include numerous teaching opportunities for residents, our cadaver/wet lab, and our dedicated support staff.
The resident has numerous teaching opportunities. There is a large amount of peer-to-peer learning during the 36-month program. Senior residents are intimately involved in educating the junior residents. This fosters teamwork and camaraderie.
Residents are also involved in teaching the medical students and externs. There are always three to five externs visiting with us each month.
We also serve as a site for a core rotation for the Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine.
Additionally, residents from our organization's other programs rotate through our service, including family practice, emergency medicine, and general surgery.
The program has a state-of-the-art cadaver lab where residents can enhance their knowledge regarding surgical anatomy and improve their surgical skills. The lab features the following:
- 4 work stations
- Built and designed for residency training
- Equipped with power saws, drills, hand instruments, arthroscope, fluoroscopy
Residents use the lab twice a month with attending surgeons and at various times with peers.
In addition, we have a dedicated residency coordinator, research nurse, and administrative team to support the resident’s endeavors.