Residency Program

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 

Rochester General Hospital

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency - Rochester General Hospital

Director’s Letter

Thank you for considering our Program here at Rochester General Hospital located in the beautiful Western NY region. We are committed to facilitate the journey of each and every one of our residents as they transition into highly skilled and well balanced Podiatric surgeons.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals wanting to excel in the Podiatric profession and who will help to shape this program by paving the way for those that follow in all the years to come.

Please take a moment to review our website.

Paul Merkel, DPM
Program Director


Welcome to the Home of High-Quality Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Education

Look to us for the highest quality education. We sharpen your clinical skills, teach you to teach, cultivate your scholarship potential and invest in your success.


Rochester General Hospital, located in Rochester NY, is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education for a 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program. Offering additional credentialing in reconstructive rear-foot and ankle surgery that emphasizes all aspects of podiatric care from basic clinical experiences to advanced reconstructive procedures.

Residents have opportunities to learn from expert medical and surgical specialists from multiple health care facilities within Rochester Regional Health, allowing for a multidisciplinary approach to education and medicine. Rotations include internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, wound care, radiology, endocrinology, infectious disease, behavioral sciences, pathology, and laboratory medicine. Extensive training in podiatric medicine and surgery is complemented by rotations in orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery, and plastic surgery.

Rochester General Hospital’s podiatric residency program stresses a hands-on and interactive approach to teaching. Students will learn by doing, not watching. Along with a truly hands-on experience, students participate in monthly journal clubs, case discussions, resident presentations, and numerous research opportunities.

If you have any questions or need further details regarding our program, contact us at



Internal Medicine4 weeks
Internal Medicine Clinic2 weeks
Infectious Disease4 weeks
Emergency Medicine4 weeks
Wound Care4 weeks
General Surgery4 weeks
Anesthesia2 weeks
Radiology2 weeks
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
& Podiatric Clinic
26 weeks
TOTAL52 weeks


Orthopedic Surgery4 weeks
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery4 weeks
Vascular Surgery4 weeks
Plastic Surgery2 weeks
Endocrinology2 weeks
Behavioral Science2 weeks
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
& Podiatric Clinic
34 weeks
TOTAL52 weeks


Orthopedic Surgery4 weeks
Vascular Surgery2 weeks
Elective4 weeks
Podiatric Office4 weeks
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
& Podiatric Clinic
38 weeks
TOTAL52 weeks

How to Apply

Rochester General Hospital podiatric residency program participates in the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) – a national, centralized application process and computerized matching service for the placement of podiatric medical school graduates into podiatric medical and surgical residencies.

Additionally, we will be participating in the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP).

Rochester General Hospital will not be able to sponsor visas for the Podiatric Residency Program; you will need to be authorized to work in the United States to enroll in our residency program.

If you have any questions or need further details regarding our program, contact us via email at

Applicants are encouraged to contact their medical schools or navigate the CASPR web site for more information on applying to our program.

Deadline for Application: October 31, 2023​.



Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.


4 weeks of paid vacation per year

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program.

Term Life Insurance

$10,000 employer paid coverage with option to purchase added coverage up to 4 times annual salary.

Plan for Short-term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of any disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-term Disability

Option to purchase 50-67% of pay coverage

Retirement Program

Option to enroll in tax-deferred annuity plan.

Dental Plan

Option to purchase one of two plans available

Wellness Center

Free membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health fitness center, including classes offered at the center.

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2023-2024 academic year will be: (salary + stipend)







Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Contact Us

Rodriguez Yashira

Matthew Dobbertin, MBA

Residency Program Coordinator, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

Rochester General Hospital

Podiatric Surgery and Medicine Residency
1425 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621

If you have any questions or need further details regarding our program, contact Podiatric Residency Program Coordinator, Matthew Dobbertin, by email at or by phone at (585) 683-0682.


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Current Residents

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