The Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System’s Podiatric Wound Care and Diabetic Foot Research Fellowship Program provides broad training in the evaluation and management of diseases encountered in podiatric medicine as it specifically relates to wound care and diabetes. The training program usually consists of one year of clinical and basic research training followed by an optional second year depending upon individual needs and available funding.

The Fellow will function as a Junior Faculty member, participate in the teaching of podiatric medical students and residents, and have ample opportunity to be involved in clinical and basic research projects. The fellow will also be given responsibility for outpatient clinics, inpatient rounds, general podiatric surgery and will have several days of afterhours call responsibility each month.

The first year of the fellowship provides trainees with in-depth experience with the full spectrum of patients, problems, and settings that podiatrists are likely to encounter. Experiences include the following:

• General Podiatric Clinical Training
• Interventional Vascular
• Infectious Disease
• Endocrinology
• Research Methodology

Fellows also participate in a weekly combined conference on wound care and vascular issues and undertake scholarly projects in their field of interest, which may include clinical or basic science research. The format is both intensive and flexible, allowing participants to customize their training to suit their personal career goals.

All fellows in training are expected to:

• Increase their basic medical knowledge base in podiatric medicine, wound care and limb salvage
• Improve skills in the diagnosis and management of a variety of chronic wound care disorders
• Develop investigative skills in related disciplines