The two months between graduating podiatry school and starting residency come and go in a flash. Thousands of new doctors graduate from podiatry school and start their journey to becoming a certified doctor. In order to complete these final steps to becoming a Podiatrist, each graduate must participate and complete their long and torturous residencies.
One of our staff members recently graduated podiatry school and is doing her residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In residency, graduates work in hospitals doing and learning about the jobs they will have after they are certified. Graduates take care of patients around the clock and help run hospitals alongside the senior Doctors. You are at the hospital so much that you essentially become a “resident” of the hospital, like many of the patients in your care.
July 1st was the official start date for Jackie, our graduate, orientation started slow and quickly progressed. She described her first couple weeks there as being bombarded with pagers that no one knew how to work, important ext. numbers that no one remembered, and getting little sleep. On top of learning how to cope with a new and difficult lifestyle graduates must learn very quickly how to translate what they have been studying for the past four years into real life and apply it to real patients.
A typical day in residency starts at 4-4:30am, this is so doctors can make their rounds and see all their patients by the time morning meeting starts. Making rounds on patients means while checking on your patient you evaluate the progression of their problem, whether its infections, post-surgery, or trauma. After concluding whether the patient’s condition is worsening or improving, you write a note on the patients chart summarizing your assessment, their prognosis, and your plan of treatment.
The particular program Jackie is in sees a lot of foot and ankle trauma. For instance, if you google “The most dangerous intersection in America” the #1 result is within the hospital's limits. Being stationed in Philadelphia Jackie sees all sorts of traumas, this past weekend our podiatry service saw two pediatric ankle fractures, two open fractures where the bones were showing, and a polytrauma from a motorcycle accident.
Nevertheless, residency is a part of every podiatrist career. It is where we are tested on what we have learned from school and how we cope with the new information we learn each day. If you or anyone you know are interested in podiatric medicine, feel free to come visit us either in our Frederick office or our Urbana office. One of our amazing doctors at Frederick Foot & Ankle would love to help answer any questions you may have about podiatry or what it is like to be a podiatrist.
This past Sunday, the US Women’s soccer team won the title of World Cup Champions. Carli Lloyd was the girl to beat, within the first sixteen minutes of the World Cup Final she showed Japan who was boss, and set the tone for her team-mates and the rest of the game. The game ended in a dramatic victory for the US Women’s national team, with a winning score of five to two. Many of us here at Frederick Foot & Ankle attended viewing parties to watch the final live and enjoyed partying and celebrating alongside the victorious World Cup Champions.
However, the party did not stop there for the Women’s team. After returning back to the United States, the World Cup team stopped in New York City where they were greeted by thousands of fans and presented with individual keys to the city. The team then participated in a victory parade through the city streets and continued the winning celebrations.
Taylor Swift invited the team to come celebrate with her on stage at MetLife Stadium! How cool is that?
All of these talented women must maintain healthy feet and ankles in order to continue their careers, they understand the importance of having pains and concerns looked at by a professional Doctor or Podiatrist. If you or anyone you know has any foot or ankle pain please do not hesitate to visit us at either our Urbana, MD or Frederick, MD office. After all, we want to keep you moving this upcoming soccer season, who knows you might be the next Alex Morgan or Carli Lloyd!
By Nikki Ho
Everyone here at Frederick Foot & Ankle wishes you a wonderful 4th of July weekend! However, we wanted to give you a few reminders so you can keep your feet happy and healthy this summer! To do this we made a holiday survival guide for you and your feet.
Frederick Foot & Ankle Fourth of July Survival Guide
Avoid walking barefoot. Many of us enjoy being barefoot during the summer. There is nothing quite like the feeling of sand between your toes, or grass beneath your feet, but being barefoot increases your chances of wounds and infections. If a wound is not treated properly infections can spread and cause limb loss, or permanent damage to nerves, muscles, tendons, or bones. This is why, if you are experiencing any discomfort or abnormal pain contact a medical professional. To help prevent such wounds or injuries from occurring, we recommend wearing closed toe shoes and cleaning your feet after being outside.
Another tip for this Fourth of July, be careful while handling fireworks. Thousands of burns occur every Fourth of July due to fireworks. These burns usually occur on our extremities such as our hands, legs, and feet. A severe burn can cause trauma and damage to the affected area and needs immediate care. A burn of a high degree could lead to permanent damage and should be treated accordingly.
So please, be careful this holiday weekend and think of your feet!
If you sustain a minor injury that does not need immediate care and would like to discuss your problem with a healthcare professional, don't hesitate to come visit us at one of our offices in Urbana, MD and Frederick, MD. Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
It has been a long and emotional time for those following the Boston Marathon Bomber trial. This has been a sensitive subject for many involved in the running community, including us here at Frederick Foot & Ankle. On that fatal day, many of our peers and friends were volunteering in the medical tents at the finish-line, where the bombings took place. Their simple medical tents were equipped for the usual post-marathon podiatric complaints, but no one was prepared for what would take place. The small medical tents soon became a triage area for 1st responders. What they saw and experienced has been described similarly to what one would see in a "war zone".
The devastation we felt on April 13, 2013, not only affected the city of Boston and the running community, but also the Podiatric community. Many Boston residents felt unsafe living in the city they had lived in all their lives. Many Runners became fearful of competing in big name marathons, and medical volunteers were now fearful for their safety at large events. However, despite these fears, all of those affected by this tragic event have rallied together to rebuild what was taken from us.
On May 15, 2015, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged guilty, and on June 24th sentenced to death. After the formal sentencing, Tsarnaev broke his silence stating, "If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother". Once Tsarnaev confessed, many felt a wave of emotion at the conclusion of this high profile trial and relief that justice would now be served.
With the conclusion of the trail, the community at large has come together, both new and experienced runners to not only participate in the next marathon, but to remember and pay tribute to those who were lost in 2013. If you are in need of a training partner or a podiatrist to get your feet and ankles healthy for a race, don't hesitate to come visit us at one of our offices located in Urbana, MD and Frederick, MD.
Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Yanes welcomed Jackie Chen into their practice and we are eager to share with her all our knowledge on podiatry. From pediatrics to geriatrics, from the weekend warriors to the seasoned marathoners, we worked endlessly in the office to help our patients to the best of our ability. This is where Jackie fell in love with the challenges of podiatry, and it was after working at Frederick Foot & Ankle last year that she made the decision to apply for Podiatry School.
The interview process was nerve wrecking and the travel was stressful. However, after arriving in Philadelphia for Temple University of Podiatric Medicine class of 2015 orientation, Jackie knew podiatry school was the perfect career path for her.
Her first and second year were intense. Mostly due to the class load, there were many late night adventures in the library memorizing lower extremity anatomy, pharmacology, and microbiology, followed by many early morning study sessions in the cadaver labs. The third and fourth year was demanding in a different way, the pressure was on to not only impressing your professors by exam scores, but to astound them with your clinical skills and patient interactions.
But in the end, the long tortuous road to Podiatry School graduation was well worth the effort. At the graduation ceremony in, Philadelphia, PA Jackie had both Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Yanes hood her on stage after receiving her diploma. Being hooded signified the success of completing the program at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and officially becoming Dr. Jacqueline Chen, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)!
It feels like it was just yesterday when Jackie first started working at Frederick Foot & Ankle and now she has finished school. Now she is ready to sembark on a new chapter in her life with a 3 year podiatric surgical residency in Philadelphia. Maybe we will see her back at FFA in another 3 years! Feel free to come and visit us before then at either of our offices located in Urbana, MD or Frederick, MD!
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