The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Cooper University Hospital is a three year program with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle credentialing designed to give residents the maximum amount of exposure to all aspects of podiatric surgery and prepare residents for practice. While emphasis is placed on the development of surgical skills, the resident will also develop the necessary clinical skills and practice management ability to succeed. The residency prepares and allows the resident to become eligible to take the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery examinations during their third year. This program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and there are currently six podiatry residency positions with two residents per year.
Cooper University Health Care is a tertiary care medical center in Camden, New Jersey. It is the only Level 1 Trauma Center serving the entire southern half of New Jersey. The hospital has a partnership with the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Cooper offers its residents a wide range of support services including Clinical Pharmacists that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Cooper Medical Library has the largest section of podiatry and podiatric-related books with over 80 titles, as well as a wide range of journals. The Cooper Bone and Joint Institute research staff generously aids the residents in all aspects of research development.
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency teaching faculty includes full-time, board certified podiatrists with a plethora of experience in both forefoot and rearfoot/ankle surgery. Additionally, the residents are surgically trained in a variety of specialties and also work closely with an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. The Division Head is Erik C. Freeland, DO and the Residency Program Director is Kimberly Hurley, DPM, FACFAS. Additionally Drs. Steven B. Cancell, DPM; Joan M. Jerrido, DPM; and David M. Millili, DPM work full time as part of the residency program. The Program Director meets semi-annually with the residents to review their performance and also provides written evaluations. Additionally, the teaching staff meets regularly to re-evaluate the design and content of the program.