Podiatry Clerkship


We are thrilled that you have an interest in Wake Forest as one of your clinical rotations and that you’re considering a career in podiatric surgery.  This rotation is designed as an opportunity to further your development as a clinician while enhancing your knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions.  Podiatric surgery residencies and practices are among the busiest in medicine, and you have an opportunity to become a valuable podiatric team member during this rotation.
We have recently overhauled our program to maximize the educational benefit to our rotating students.  Our top priorities during your rotation are to advance your podiatric knowledge base, initiate the transition from medical student to resident, and expose you to a wide variety of podiatric and orthopaedic foot and ankle surgical conditions and clinical styles.
The Wake Forest Orthopaedic Surgery rotation includes:
1.  Busy operative experience with our academic podiatric faculty.
2.  Podiatric/Orthopaedic clinic and OR experience to learn about the peri-operative, non-operative, and acute management of podiatric and orthopaedic foot and ankle issues, with teaching and participation in procedures such as casting, splinting, joint injections, joint aspiration, revision amputations, etc.
3.  Participation in departmental education conferences, grand rounds, cadaveric and saw-bone operative surgical skills labs (when available), arthroscopy skills labs (when available), and journal clubs .
4.  Newly designed didactic lectures - Weekly Foot & Ankle Conference and Orthopaedic Grand Rounds.
5.  Assignment of a senior resident as part of our Podiatric Resident Mentor Program to help guide you through the rotation. 
We hope you are able to expand your podiatric fund of knowledge, gain some hands-on experience, and, most importantly, have an enjoyable time as part of our podiatric and orthopaedic family.  For those visiting, we encourage you to get out and see Winston-Salem during your time at Wake Forest.  Taking advantage of the many activities our vibrant city offers will make your time with us more fun and help you decide if you can picture yourself working and living in our city as a prospective future resident. 


Program Outline - This rotation is designed to give fourth year podiatry students significant experience in the field of podiatric surgery. Students will gain exposure to all aspects of podiatric surgery including the operating room, out-patient clinics and in-patient care. Students are expected to attend Orthopaedic Grand Rounds and Foot and Ankle conferences and journal clubs.

Service - The student will serve two weeks with each of our podiatry faculty.

Methodologies: To acquaint the student with:

1. The scope and character of the practice of podiatric surgery
2. The specific encountered diseases and types of surgery performed in podiatric surgery as well as areas of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery
3. Techniques in the care of fractures as well as the selective use of casting and traction
4. The scope and character of the practice of podiatric surgery with particular emphasis on the care of trauma patients, and to provide an opportunity for exposure to training in adult inpatient and outpatient settings
Goals (from AACPM) - The podiatric clerk will learn and develop a working knowledge of the preparation and work-up of the patient for surgery. The clerk will demonstrate a working knowledge of hospital protocol for admission and discharge as well as patient management during the course of their stay. S/he will learn and demonstrate a working knowledge of various instruments used during surgery.  S/he will develop a working knowledge and demonstrate the ability to explain and apply appropriate surgical procedures for the pathology of the particular surgical patient.  The clerk will develop the knowledge and demonstrate the skill of performing minor podiatric surgical procedures as demonstrated with cadavers and saw bones.  The clerk will develop a working knowledge of the postoperative management of the patient as it applies to wound care, postoperative infection, postoperative fever, and postoperative medication.


For those who have accepted a clerkship invitation, please refer to the document below for all details of your clerkship.  This document contains important information, so please make sure to read it completely.  

Podiatry Clerkship Packet

Document deadline is December 15.

Document Checklist – Instructions found in the clerkship packet above

 Non-Employee Registration Form 
 Confidentiality Agreement 
 TB tests and flu shots 
 Background check 
 12-panel Drug Screen  
 Application fee - $100 
 Personal Health Insurance 
 Scrubs Forms 
 Online orientation and training modules 

Quick Reference

Podiatry Residency Program
Lisa Ramsey
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 336-716-3932
FAX 336-716-3861


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