Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Podiatric Residency Program is designed to provide excellent training in foot and ankle disorders, including forefoot, rearfoot and ankle pathologies.
Residents are provided with opportunities to learn from medical and surgical specialists from multiple health care facilities in California.
Accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, the three-year program combines rigorous didactic training and hands-on clinical experience. It prepares podiatric residents to become excellent doctors, and experts in the medical and surgical management of all foot and ankle diseases, conditions, deformities and trauma.
San Diego’s diverse patient population exposes our podiatric residents to a wide variety of patients, including those with diabetes; complex foot and ankle deformities; and traumatic injuries.
The program’s comprehensive clinical training is complemented by rigorous didactic training — giving our residents the best opportunity for success. Other program highlights include:
- An emphasis on biomechanical theory, patient care and clinical exposure that reinforces and expands on medical school experience
- Preparation for PMSR-RRA certification in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery
- A cadaver lab, journal club, weekly lecture series and weekly x-ray conference
- Working with orthopedic trauma surgeons and podiatric trauma surgeons at a Level I trauma center
- Integration into a nationally renowned internal medicine training program at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
- Research and teaching opportunities at The Podiatry Institute’s fall seminar in San Diego
- Outstanding medical and surgical rotations in a teaching-hospital setting that include a radiology rotation with Donald Resnick, MD, author of the three-volume radiographic extremity textbook
- An infectious disease rotation with Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, MD, recipient of the Teacher of the Year award multiple times
Scripps Mercy Hospital Podiatric Residency Program is proud to provide residents with high-quality training at various locations throughout San Diego and Sacramento. Each site offers unique learning opportunities and diverse patient populations.
Podiatric residents at Scripps Mercy Hospital will be required to conduct a research project for their first and second year. First-year residents have the opportunity to hone their research and public speaking skills by presenting a topic to internal medicine residents and attendings at a conference.
At the beginning of their second and third years of residency, residents present their papers at The Podiatry Institute meeting. This annual event takes place in San Diego at the end of September.
Additionally, some of the podiatric residents attain research opportunities at Scripps Green Hospital, Kaiser San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital. In fact, second-year residents have the opportunity to present original research at the Orthopedic Conference held at Scripps Green.
First-, second- and third-year residents have the opportunity to present their research and/or case presentations at the annual Spring Geller research competition in PowerPoint, oral form or poster form for cash and awards.
Our residents learn and gain valuable knowledge and experience in their rotations, allowing them to understand the important role each physician plays in the care of the patient.
Podiatry residents rotate through various other specialty departments where they are treated as equals and given the same responsibilities as members of the team while on a particular service.
Each year of training consists of 13 rotations. Rotation are four weeks long. Learn more about the rotations for each year of the program and additional training activities.
- Scripps podiatric medicine and surgery/orthopedics — 2 rotations
- Internal medicine wards — 2 rotations
- Family medicine at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista inpatient/OB-GYN — 2 week rotation
- Emergency medicine — 1 rotation
- Pediatric inpatient/outpatient at Kaiser Permanente San Diego — 1 rotation
- Anesthesia/Pathology — 1 rotation
- Radiology at Mercy and UCSD with Dr. Resnick — 1 rotation
- Podiatry at Naval Medical Center San Diego — 1 rotation
- General and vascular surgery — 1 rotation
- Infectious disease — 1 rotation
- Behavioral health at UCSD— 2 week rotation
- Dermatology at Scripps Green — 2 week rotation
- Wound care at Scripps Mercy San Diego — 1 rotation
- Scripps Mercy Podiatry — 3 rotations
- Scripps Green Podiatry — 3 rotations
- Podiatry at Kaiser Permanente San Diego — 3 rotations
- Podiatry at Sharp Rees-Stealy — 3 rotations
- Pediatric Orthopedics at Kaiser – 1 rotation
Two of the third-year residents complete their residency training at the following Kaiser Permanente locations in Northern California:
- Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center — 4 months
- Kaiser Permanent Sacramento Medical Center — 4 months
- Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Hospital — 4 months
Training at these Kaiser facilities includes: surgery; inpatient care; clinic outpatient care; and foot and ankle trauma calls.
An additional third-year resident will complete his/her residency training at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers. Training at these Kaiser facilities also includes: surgery; inpatient care; clinic outpatient care; and foot and ankle trauma calls.
In the third year, the chief resident stays in San Diego, continuing his/her training at the following locations:
- Podiatry at Kaiser Permanente San Diego
- Podiatry at Scripps Mercy
- Orthopedic trauma at Scripps Mercy
- Podiatry at Scripps Green
- Podiatry at Sharp Rees-Steely
In addition to their inpatient, outpatient and surgical training, podiatric medicine residents participate in the following additional activities during their residency:
- Resident lecture series, held monthly, featuring an outside speaker
- Core curriculum, held three times a month, the lectures are taught by a member of the podiatric medicine teaching staff
- Medicine grand rounds held monthly
- Monthly Journal Club
- Cadaver workshop monthly
- American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) in-training exam
- X-ray conference, held weekly, where pre- and post-operative surgical x-rays are reviewed
- Clinics, held weekly, at Scripps Mercy
- Annual Podiatry Institute seminar in San Diego
Learn more about the current residents of the Scripps Mercy Podiatric Residency Program:
- Daniel Chu, DPM
- Trevor Gatenby, DPM
- Hafsah Dean, DPM
- Victoria Liew, DPM
- Anne He, DPM
- Tyler MacRae, DPM
- Kase Rattey, DPM
- Ramez Sakkab, DPM
- Stephanie Dal Porto-Kujanpaa, DPM - Chief Resident
- Trent Brookshier, DPM
- Jessica Hethcoat, DPM
- Kelsi Nutter, DPM
The terms and conditions of resident training and employment are specified in the employment agreement (resident contract), including training obligations, stipend and benefits. Copies of the employment agreement, yearly rotation schedule, call schedules and other information are provided at the interview.
Annual stipends for the 2021 - 2022 academic year:
- PGY-1: $58,816.39
- PGY-2: $61,409.90
- PGY-3: $64,283.04
Health, dental, vision and life insurance plans for residents and families are reviewed at orientation. Costs to residents and families are minimal. Residents may participate in the Scripps Wellness Program.
Scripps Mercy provides professional liability coverage for podiatric residents.
Stipends are available for books, educational software, NBPME application, conferences, medical licensure and DEA.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential, free, short-term professional counseling for employees and family members.
First-year residents receive three weeks of paid vacation. Second-year residents and the third-year chief resident receive four weeks of paid vacation. The two third-year residents who go to Sacramento get 15 days of vacation and five education leave days. Family and medical leave (FMLA) and maternity leave is allotted per the Scripps Mercy house staff manual and Scripps Health policies.
All residents have a 10-day bank that is used for sick leave, as well as holidays recognized by Scripps when residents may not be scheduled to work (e.g. Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, etc.) depending on their call schedule. The two third-year residents who go to Sacramento get 13 days of sick leave.
Parking is free in the parking structure at Scripps Mercy San Diego.
White lab coat laundry service is provided with weekly pick-up and delivery.
All residents have 24/7 access to the Medical Library at Scripps Mercy Hospital via their identification badge. The Medical Library is staffed with personnel who can assist with research and journal article retrieval. In addition, there are online journals and links to UpToDate, DynaMed, PsycINFO, Embase, AccessMedicine, Cochrane Library, and PubMed. These online resources are also available from home.
Applications are accepted through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) only. This service, sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), submits:
- Residency applications
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official medical school transcripts
- Personal statements to residency program directors
- Proof of current CPR and ACLS certification
View the 2021 CASPR/CRIP Program Schedule (PDF, 61 KB) to learn more about deadlines.
The Scripps Mercy Podiatric Residency Program does not offer any form of Visa support.
A separate selection category is set up in CASPR for the three different third year residency positions — one position in San Diego, two positions in Sacramento, and one position in Ontario, California.
Please note that there is not a separate application process or fee to apply for one or all programs. However, the programs are matched separately by CASPR.
Before applying, it is highly recommended that you visit or extern in the program. The Scripps Mercy podiatric residency program accepts two to three externs each month to maximize the learning experience. Externing is highly recommended and desired, but it is not a requirement for acceptance into the residency program.