Podiatry Residency Program

Podiatry Residency Program


Kimberlee B. Hobizal, DPM
Director, Podiatric Residency Program
1125 7th Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Fax: 724-770-7945

Penny L. Kravos
Residency Coordinator
1125 7th Avnue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
FAX: 724-770-7945

Heritage Valley Beaver Podiatric Residency Program is a three-year PMSR residency program. It is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

Each year, two residents are accepted into the first year via CASPR/CRIP. For more information on the types of podiatry residency programs available and the selection process, see http://www.aacpm.org and click on Residencies.

The Pennsylvania licensing exam must be taken before a resident can begin residency training. For licensing information, see http://www.aacpm.org/residencies/rp_state.asp.

During the first year, residents rotate through the offices of the nine podiatry attendings, and assist with outpatient surgical procedures in the office and at area hospitals.

The second and third year residents are trained in performing more complex podiatric surgical procedures in inpatient and outpatient arenas of several hospitals and podiatric offices. Hours vary based on each rotation. The program director and his assistant are available to discuss problems in patient care management.

Upon completion of the first year, residents are eligible to take board exams in primary podiatric medicine. After the second year, residents can take board exams in foot and ankle surgery. 

Externships / Clerkship

  • Not required but encouraged 
  • FREE Housing 
  • $150 meal money provided
As a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), I am excited to join the Heritage Valley Beaver Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Training Program as Residency Director.  After completing my residency training at UPMC, I completed a one year orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship in reconstructive surgery and limb salvage techniques.  Through my training, I hope to continue to evolve the 3-year Heritage Valley Beaver residency into a comprehensive program highly centered on surgical procedures, podiatric medical practices, didactics and research. 
Heritage Valley Beaver is a progressive 358-bed facility with state-of-the-art technology. Resident rotations range from vascular surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology, radiology, plastic and anesthesia.  Residents partake in podiatric medical and surgical rotations yearly, highly concentrated in the 2nd and 3rd years of training.  There are a total of 6 residents with currently 2 residents per year.  A majority of the rotations are centered at the Heritage Valley Beaver hospital, along with 4 other hospital affiliations located within driving distance. 
Kimberlee Hobizal, D.P.M.
Director, Podiatry Residency Program

Resident Staff
First year – 2 residents
Second year – 2 residents
Third year – 2 residents

First year – $55,150
Second year – $57,730
Third year – $61,100

Program Benefits

  • Conference and travel allowance $2000 and 5 days for each year beginning in the second year
  • 3 Interview days in third year
  • Food allowance in the hospital cafeteria - $1800
  • Monogrammed lab coats
  • BLS and ACLS certification provided
  • Reimbursement of half of APMA/PPMA and ACFAS
  • Residents are responsible for providing their own living quarters
  • iPad provided for each resident

Hospital Benefits

  • Malpractice insurance provided through Lexington Insurance Co., at state-required limits, and in accordance with CPME requirements
  • Life insurance amount equal to salary
  • Disability insurance at 60 percent of monthly salary
  • Healthcare insurance with prescription discount
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Voluntary payroll deduction toward tax-sheltered annuity
  • Credit union
  • 24 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) may be used for illness, vacation or personal needs with the approval of the director
  • Seven holidays are observed (New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
  • Free Parking
  • Scrubs provided

Leaves of Absence
A leave of absence (LOA) may be granted if a resident needs to be off for longer than 14 days or if he/she has used all PTO time. This is unpaid time off, and must be made up at the end of the residency. A resident must have completed six months of residency to be eligible for consideration for an LOA. LOA time granted is not to exceed six months in the three-year residency period

The Podiatric Residency Program of Heritage Valley Beaver was established to provide a quality podiatric education in accordance with the standards of the Council of Podiatric Medicine Education. Patient services are provided with an emphasis on education, preventive measures, early detection, prompt treatment, appropriate referral, and continuity. Process improvement is used to enhance the quality of both resident education and patient care.


  • To operate the Podiatric Residency Program as a department of the hospital under the supervision and direction of the Podiatric Residency Program Director. 
  • To seek faculty physicians that meets the same requirements and qualifications, which apply to the attending medical staff of the hospital; to consider special demands of the residency program. 
  • To make available clinical laboratory, x-ray, and other diagnostic and therapeutic service to facilitate the provision of care. 
  • To utilize the total quality Plan at Heritage Valley Health Systems to monitor service for process improvement. 
  • To keep accurate and complete medical records on all patients including social and scientific data, which are filed and cross-indexed in such a manner as to be readily available, yet preserve confidentiality. 
  • To provide clinical training for all residents in outside clinics and offices. 
  • Provide an environment for education in medicine and surgery. 
  • To promote an active program of health education for patients and for the community with respect to both health maintenance and appropriate use of health services.

All applications for residency programs are taken through CASPR/CRIP (Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residency / Centralized Residency Interview Program), a national resident application and matching services. CASPR/CRIP is operated by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and administered by its Council on Teaching Hospitals (COTH). Our program is in the Central CRIP. 

For more details and to download Instruction Booklet and Application go the www.aacpm.org/residencies/casprcrip.asp and click CASPR Application Packet.

Residents are evaluated by their attending physicians on the services to which they are assigned. Residents are expected to evaluate rotations and their attending physicians. Evaluation forms are required to be completed immediately following the rotation(s) in order to receive credit for completion of the rotation.

Residents are evaluated semi-annually by the director and the assistant director.

Why Choose Our Podiatric Residency Program

Heritage Valley Beaver is a 361-bed acute care hospital located in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and 19 miles north of the Pittsburgh International Airport and 35 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh. It is part of Heritage Valley Health System, which provides care and promotes health and wellness for residents in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia.

Heritage Valley Beaver has an excellent medical staff of more than 450 physicians dedicated to providing patient care with an emphasis on individual dignity and respect. Heritage Valley Health System will be a leader among community health systems nationally. We will provide exceptional health services across a seamless delivery system, built upon collaborative relationships connecting physicians, employees and the community. We will address both prevention and treatment of disease throughout the continuum of life.

Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 72 physician offices; and 14 community satellite facilities.