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Residency in Podiatry

Lynne M. Casper, DPM, Program Director

Curriculum

The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency with Rearfoot Reconstructive and Ankle Certification (PMSR/RRA) at Mercy Suburban Hospital is designed to help the podiatric medical school graduate become a well-rounded podiatric physician. Mercy Suburban's podiatric staff is dedicated to training residents in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot and ankle pathologies in a competent, compassionate and ethical manner. The staff's goal is to provide exposure to didactic and practical learning opportunities in an interdisciplinary setting. The resident will have ample opportunity to develop these qualities through observation and hands-on training. Two resident positions are approved per post graduate year and all six positions are funded.

Mercy Suburban Hospital is a teaching hospital with residencies in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and General Surgery. Podiatry residents also benefit from outside podiatry surgical rotations at Brandywine Hospital and Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Benefits include an annual stipend, health insurance, professional liability insurance, workman's compensation insurance, two-weeks’ vacation, paid membership in APMA, credit toward book purchases, post graduate conference allowances, free meals and free parking.

Clinical Rotations

Each resident rotates with orthopedics, internal medicine, and infectious disease for one month each year. First year residents rotate with the general/vascular surgery, pathology, radiology, physical therapy, and behavior health services. Second and third year residents have the opportunity to rotate with dermatology, rheumatology, wound care, among others during their elective months.

Didactics

Podiatry academic meetings are held weekly and consist of journal club, radiology rounds, topic presentations, student presentations, and board review. Residents also attend regular lectures and conferences when on other services.

Clinical Experiences

The podiatric surgical residents at Mercy Suburban Hospital see in-house patients at Mercy Suburban and Brandywine Hospitals and cover surgical cases at Mercy Suburban, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Brandywine Hospital, and Limerick Surgery Center. Residents also have exposure to the wound care centers at Mercy Suburban, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, and Brandywine Hospital. A resident run podiatry clinic is held weekly at Mercy Family Medicine at Norristown and a number of offices are available for residents to participate in office hours.

Meet Our Faculty

Lynne Casper, DPM – Program Director

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Temple University of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Mercy Suburban Hospital

Chad Long, DPM – Assistant Director 

Undergrad: Penn State University
Medical School: Temple University of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Mercy Suburban Hospital

Stephen Soondar, DPM – Assistant Director  

Undergrad: Temple University
Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Frankford Hospital

How to Apply

For externship/residency applicants, please follow the instructions given by the CASPR/CRIP website. For student visits, please contact one of our residents to coordinate your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sets your program apart from other Podiatric residencies?

Having had a podiatry residency program at Mercy Suburban Hospital for 31 years, our residents are extremely well integrated with all other services and residency programs at the hospital.

How many resident positions are there?

We have six fully funded positions.

Does this residency program provide students with interviews at CRIP (Central Residency Interview process) and does it participate in CASPR (Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies)?

Our program does participate in CASPR, but we are undecided as to our participation in CRIP.

What are you looking for when selecting a resident?

We are looking for someone to represent our podiatry service well, a motivated, interested resident who works well with co-residents, attendings, and all services equally.

Does this program offer a clerkship for podiatric medical students?

Yes. We participate in the online application for clerkship placements.

Do you accept applicants from all the podiatric colleges?

Yes.

Does the program provide support for educational expenses?

Yes. Residents have a $1,500 fund annually for CME.

Contact Information

Sandra Branche 
GME Coordinator
Mercy Suburban Hospital
2701 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
610.278.2003
Fax: 610.272.4642
sbranche@che.org

Lynne Casper, DPM, DABPM
Program Director
610.279.3080
Fax: 610.272.4642
mercysuburban@gmail.com