Residents and Orthopedic Technologists
Among the doctors providing services at the Foot and Ankle Surgery Department at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa are two resident doctors.
The residents are licensed doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Prior to becoming a licensed DPM, a resident must have obtained an undergraduate college education, then graduate successfully from a four-year podiatric medical school. It is only after these intensive years of education and becoming a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine that they enter residency training (a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency in the case of our residents).
During the course of their three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency, our residents receive additional hands-on supervised experience that includes, but is not limited to: internal medicine and medical sub-specialties, emergency medicine and traumatology, general surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, diabetic foot and ankle care, general foot and ankle care, foot and ankle surgery, and foot and ankle trauma management.
Each resident spends four consecutive months at the Foot and Ankle Surgery department at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa during the second year of their three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency. Therefore, we are confident that each resident is highly qualified to render quality care in the supervised environment that we provide.
Our team also consists of orthopedic technologists. The orthopedic technologists will work directly with you, along with your doctor. In this role, the orthopedic technologists are involved with the application and removal of casts and splints and other patient care areas, such as the removal of sutures. Our orthopedic technologists will also call you after a cast application to assure that you are progressing comfortably. They will be your resource if you are having any cast or splint problems. Furthermore, our orthopedic technologists also will help patients with the fitting of over the counter items recommended by our doctors.