Podiatric Surgery Residency Program

Podiatric Surgery Residency Program

724-773-8980

Kimberlee B. Hobizal, DPM, MHA
Director, Podiatric Surgery Residency Program
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
Beaver, PA 15009
khobizal@hvhs.org
724-773-8980
Fax: 724-773-4748

 

Penny L. Kravos
Residency Coordinator
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
Beaver, PA 15009
pkravos@hvhs.org
724-773-8980
FAX: 724-773-4748

Clinical and surgical rotations afford the podiatric surgery resident exposure in orthopedics and private podiatric practice.  One of the most valuable and attractive aspects of podiatric medicine includes the multi-disciplinary approach to treating the patient.  Therefore, residents spend time on vascular and general surgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, hospitalist/family medicine night float as well as endocrinology, dermatology and basic orthopedics. Second-year residents spend a 2-week pathology rotation at BAKO labs in Georgia.   

The director, Kimberlee B. Hobizal, DPM and the assistant director, Tresa Wize, DPM are both fellowship-trained with emphasis on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, wound care and limb salvage techniques.  There is a strong focus, not only on clinical practice but also academics with weekly didactic and research opportunities.

Externships / Clerkship

  • Not required but encouraged 
  • FREE Housing 
  • Meal stipend provided

In 2014, I accepted the position as the second director of one of the oldest podiatric residency programs in the country.  It was at that very moment, I accepted the responsibility of training, who I hope to become, some of the most successful and talented podiatric surgeons in the world. In just a few short years, I have had the pleasure of graduating empathetic and dedicated physicians who are making differences in the lives of their patients.  It is an honor I will never take for granted.    

Years later, I continue to evolve the program based on the ever-changing medical technologies, resident and patient needs, shifting the direction of the program into a realm of didactic and research opportunities, national and international conference involvement, all centered around a family environment conducive to learning.  We are a team, we are family.  

Our program’s vision remains the same, continued education and advancement of the profession, not only graduating well-rounded physicians and surgeons but leaders in our field.  

A question I most commonly hear, “what sets your program apart?  Simple:  continuity of care is by far one of the program’s top strengths.  By examining and diagnosing the patient in the office, formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan, performing the surgery and following the patient in the post-operative period, the resident gains tremendous insight on the reality of practice.     

When asked what I look for in a prospective resident I often say “work ethic and eagerness to learn”.  One should be dedicated to his/her craft, determined to succeed and devoted to patient care. I am looking for a resident who wants to make a difference, one who wants to teach and lead, one who wants to advance the profession, perhaps through academia or research.  I often remind my residents that we are ever evolving and always learning.  “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”  

Kimberlee B. Hobizal, DPM, MHA
Director, Podiatric Surgery Residency Program

 

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

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

Program Benefits

  • Conference and travel allowance $2000/year and 5 days for each year 
  • 3 Interview days in third year
  • Food allowance in the hospital cafeteria
  • 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

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 a 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

 

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.

Heritage Valley Beaver is a 285-bed acute care hospital located in Beaver, Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles north west of downtown Pittsburgh. Heritage Valley Health System has an excellent medical staff and offers a broad range of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services at its two hospitals; Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Beaver.  Heritage Valley Beaver is part of the Heritage Valley Health System providing care for residents in Beaver, Allegheny, Butler, and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia, servicing over 200,000 Residents in the county. Heritage Valley Beaver is committed to the Podiatric Surgery Residency Program and the education of residents.

The Heritage Valley Beaver Podiatric Surgery Residency program is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1988.  In 1993, Heritage Valley Beaver became the sponsor of the Podiatric Surgery Residency Program.  This is a three-year PMSR/RRA residency program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.  Each year two residents are accepted into the first year via CASPR/CRIP.  For more information podiatry residency programs available and the selection process, see https://aacpm.org and click on Residencies.