The Podiatry Residency Training Program at Bethesda Hospital East provides the recent graduate with the opportunity to gain extensive experience in the conditions associated with a general podiatric medical and surgical practice and to study advanced and related sciences essential for the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery.

We offer an extremely high-volume surgical program with attending physicians from diverse training backgrounds. Residents benefit from a strong clinical and didactical focus and frequently contribute to publications and presentations. Participants have a high pass rate for foot surgery and RRA boards.

Our program’s vision is to prepare residents to improve community foot and ankle health and collaborate effectively in the community healthcare structure.

Program Accreditation

Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Program Size


Julio C. Ortiz, DPM

Program Director

Julio C. Ortiz, DPM
Margie Gonzalez

Senior Program Administrator

Margie Gonzalez
  • 100%

    pass rate for Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (RRA) Certification

Featured Training Sites

Bethesda Hospital East

Bethesda Hospital East

Since 1959, Bethesda Hospital East has provided quality health services with care and dedication. The 401-bed, fully accredited, not-for-profit hospital and affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including an advanced primary stroke center, cancer care, cardiovascular care, diagnostic imaging, and emergency care. The hospital’s Emergency Department, which serves both adults and children, treats nearly 80,000 patients annually. Bethesda’s highly skilled physicians perform more than 4,600 inpatients surgeries and 5,500 outpatient surgeries each year.

Bethesda Hospital West

Bethesda Hospital West

Since 2013, Bethesda Hospital West has proudly served the medical needs of Palm Beach County. The 80-bed, all private room, state-of-the-art, community hospital provides medical services including cardiopulmonary services, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, including for children, endoscopy suites, inpatient medical services, critical care, physical rehabilitation, and surgical services. Bethesda is recognized as a top performer demonstrating high standards of clinical performance and improvement for quality and safety measures.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Applicants are required to have maintained a satisfactory level of scholarship (3.0 or higher GPA), performance and competency.
  • Applicants are required to be graduates of a Podiatric Medical College, accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
  • Applicants are expected to be worthy in character, manners and ethical conduct.
  • Applicants must pass both Part I and Part II of the NBPME prior to beginning the Residency.

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • National board scores
  • Cover letter with photograph
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR)
  • When are applications accepted? October to November
  • When are candidate interviews? January
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? March
  • When does the program start? July 1st


Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Year 1
Emergency Department
Years 1, 2
Foot and Ankle Clinic
Years 1, 2, 3
Infectious Disease
Year 1
Internal Medicine
Year 1
Year 1
Podiatric Surgery
Years 1, 2, 3
Year 1

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