About the Podiatry Residency Program at UPMC Mercy

The UPMC Podiatry Residency Program, affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is a three-year program offering residents access to some of the country’s top medical institutions. In 2011, our program received highest praise and in 2009 achieved 1st place in the Centralized Residency Interview Program’s (CRIP’s) Outstanding Interviews.

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency

Residents spend three years in a comprehensive training program with the goal of producing a well-rounded physician and surgeon. Residents rotate through all aspects of medicine and receive the most up-to-date surgical training. Upon completion of the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) program, residents will have a broad base of medical knowledge and be comfortable and competent in the medical and surgical treatment of all foot and ankle disorders.

Training & Related Experiences

Residents will train at:

UPMC Podiatry residents will also be provided with laboratory experiences at the UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center Wet Lab, a hands-on facility devoted to the advancement of surgical skills of residents and students. The lab area has multiple work stations equipped for use with cadaveric specimens and anatomical models. Residents are introduced to the latest surgical techniques by program attendings, guest lecturers, and sales representatives. The lab includes standard operating equipment, internal hardware, external fixation, and arthroscopy sets.

Our program is only one of a handful in the nation to offer wet lab experiences for podiatry residents.

Resident Requirements

Residents must obtain ACLS and CPR certifications, as well as state licensure. Residents also must complete a research proposal and participate in Grand Rounds and Journal Club.

Resident Benefit

Residents receive stipends and a comprehensive benefits package.

Stipends Beginning FY 2018

  • 1st year - $56,000.00
  • 2nd year - $57,636.80
  • 3rd year - $58,760.00


The UPMC Podiatry Residency Program accepts third- and fourth-year podiatry students for a one-month clerkship. Interested students must submit the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) Uniform Podiatric Clerkship Application along with the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • NBPME Part I Scores
  • Podiatry school transcripts
  • Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check for Employment/Act 34
  • Pennsylvania State Child Abuse Clearance/Act 33
  • FBI Fingerprinting Clearance/Act 73
  • Photograph
  • A car is required for travel between work locations.

The UPMC Podiatry Residency Program is only able to admit US Citizens into its program. The UPMC Podiatry Residency Program is affiliated with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, which requires that all trainees be US Citizens, as permitted by 8 USC 1324b(a)(2)(C).

View the VA Policy.​​

Contact Us

For more information regarding the UPMC Podiatry Residency Program, contact:

Debra A. Bodner
Senior Department Manager
E-mail: bodnerda@upmc.edu

Office of Medical Education and Research/Podiatry Residency Program
UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-232-5515
Fax: 412-232-5529

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