Program Structure

Your training experience is built around 18 months of various clinical rotations and six months dedicated to academic research skill building. You can count on guidance from world-renowned clinicians and researchers.

"The program does an excellent job with continuing education beyond residency and promoting the creative mind for developing research. Michigan Medicine is known worldwide and the resources available are endless. Coming here will jump start your research career." - Former Fellow.

Clinical Rotations       

  • 11+ months in the Podiatry Clinic
  • Three months in the Wound Care Clinic
  • Infectious disease
  • Endocrinology/diabetes ed
  • PM&R / O&P
  • PAD
  • Neurology        

Research Exposure        

  • IRB submission
  • Publication
  • Statistical skill building
  • NIH IPPCR course certification
  • NIH U-01 grant funded diabetic foot ulcer research
  • Case presentations
  • Grant writing
  • DataDirect training 

During the first year, the fellow is expected to split time between clinical responsibilities, teaching externs, and identifying a research project to be completed by the end of year two. The research project will be in the area of limb preservation, wound care, and/or diabetic lower extremity complications. We expect the fellow to submit two papers to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of year one. These papers do not have to be based on the research project, they can be case or literature reviews. By the end of the first year we expect our fellows to have presented two posters, submitted an IRB, completed their NIH certification course, created a long term research plan, completed DataDirect training, statistical package training, and worked with the Grant Writer’s Workbook.

During the second year, fellows will continue to rotate in other disciplines and split time between clinical responsibilities, teaching externs, and developing their research project to where they are submitting their third and fourth paper for publication and begin the process of applying for independent funding, both related to the fellow's research project.

In addition, the University of Michigan Podiatry Research Fellowship was selected as the only podiatry-led team for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant which establishes us as a clinical research unit to perform diabetic foot ulcer biomarker validation. Our team will act as part of the larger Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC), which is a multi-site research group on diabetic foot ulcers with the ultimate goal to predict healing outcomes, guide treatment, and monitor healing and response to treatment.

The team attends several annual podiatric meetings such as the Midwest Podiatry Conference, American Public Health Association (APHA), Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA), Diabetic Limb Salvage, and MPMA Great Lakes Conference. Fellows are expected to submit at least one abstract to the meeting of their choice.

Work/life balance is important at Michigan Medicine and we have several initiatives for support including the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience, a wellness resource guide, workshops and on-going conversations about wellness. Our fellows, on average, do not log any more than 42-46 hours of clinical time per week when assigned to clinical rotations. We do not take overnight calls (assigned in the hospital) and on-call weekends amount to about two per month when assigned to podiatry and wound care.