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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Podiatric Residency Program

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle credential. (PMSR/RRA)

About the Podiatric Surgery Service

The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) is an affiliate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and is a high-powered residency program, which represents the pinnacle of podiatric training in the Bay Area. The residency program is a comprehensive three-year PMSR/RRA program based at the SFVAMC, which is designed to provide training in all areas of podiatric medicine and surgery.

The SFVAMC has a long and rich history as an academic training center. The podiatric surgery residency program was first approved by CPME on July 1, 1980, and has been training residents for over 35 years. The residency program has graduated many past and present leaders in the field and provides a superior education in an internationally recognized academic teaching institution. The curriculum utilizes training resources at VASF, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, and select Bay Area surgical centers. Training encompasses all areas of foot and ankle surgery including elective foot and ankle surgery, trauma, reconstructive surgery, pediatrics, diabetic limb preservation, and research.

Residents have an unmatched opportunity to acquire a high volume of surgical and medical experiences in the three years of training. Each of the required rotations includes instruction by highly professional academic faculty from the University of California and VA San Francisco. A collaborative approach to patient care and multidisciplinary teams are the basis for all rotations. The VA San Francisco provides an incredibly rounded podiatric medicine and surgery residency program in the energetic San Francisco Bay Area.

Podiatric Residency & 4th Year Student Clerkship Programs

The SFVAMC offers exceptional training to podiatry residents and students in two capacities:
- Three year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (PMSR/RRA) residency program, fully accredited and approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
- Externship/Clerkship experiences in podiatric medicine and surgery. 4th year podiatry students work closely with our podiatry attendings and residents with an emphasis on surgical care.

Located in San Francisco, a stone's throw away from the Golden Gate Bridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a short drive to Napa Valley.

Podiatric Surgery Residency Program

The SFVAMC offers a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery with Reconstructive Rearfoot Credential (PMSR/RRA) residency program, which is fully approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Resident rotations provide a full scope of medical and surgical training in highly academic and nationally respected teaching institutions. A collaboration of UCSF teaching institutions and nationally recognized faculty contribute to the podiatric surgical training. All aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery with a wide variety of lower extremity pathology will be encountered throughout the program. A strong foundation in medicine and surgery will be established through various rotations and throughout the program. Competencies are achieved through a set curriculum with didactics, surgical instruction, clinical participation and hands on training.

The VA podiatric surgery clinic is designed for efficient and thoughtful patient care. Each treatment room includes a computer with electronic medical records, digital x-rays, and internet access. Online courseware, board review and up-to-date electronic journal archives are available online.

The SFVAMC is a busy academic campus with multiple clinical, surgical and research facilities. The Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE) is located at SFVAMC and is the leading nonprofit research institute in the United States devoted to advancing Veterans health research. The SFVAMC has the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with more than $90.2 million in annual research expenditures. Residents are encouraged to participate in a research project.

Additional Information and Application
Application for Health Professions Trainees
Applicant Information for PIV Card
List of Acceptable Documents
Fingerprinting Form
Declaration for Federal Employment
Appointment Affidavits

Questions or Comments
Please email Dr. Ross Talarico, Residency and Clerkship Director, at for additional information or questions.