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. Since, I have had the pleasure of graduating empathetic and dedicated physicians who are making differences in the lives of their patients all over the country. 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, FACFAS
Director, Podiatric Surgery Residency Program