Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group - Santa Cruz Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program Director:                            
Timothy J. Blakeslee, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:      
Karl J. Christoffersen, MD
Jillene Costa, DPM, FACFAS
Kathleen M. Halat, DPM, FACFAS
Raj Kullar, MD
Brandon Lindberg, DPM, AACFAS
Jon Nordgaard, DPM, FACFAS
James Spiegel, MD, FACS
Thomas Welle, DO

Post Graduate Fellow:
2018–2019: Aaron Flowers, DPM
2017–2018: Zach Criswell, DPM, AACFAS
2016–2017: Sonia Mvuemba, DPM, AACFAS 
[460 cases/year; 770 procedures/year = 36% ankle; 64% foot; 27% acute trauma]

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Group
Santa Cruz Division
Department of Orthopedics and Podiatric Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone:
(831) 477-2326
Fax: (831) 477-2330
Email:
blakestj@sutterhealth.org

Website:

pamf.org

Number of Positions:
One

Duration:                                            
One year

Program Start and End Dates:          
Early July 2019–Mid July 2020

Application Deadline:                         
August 1, 2018. Please submit ACFAS Fellowship application and PRR/MAV/Diversity report documenting surgical experience for first 24 months of current residency.

Interview:
Wednesdays (onsite clinic day visit) in August and September 2018.
We invite only qualified, competitive candidates for an onsite visit/interview after we review ACFAS application, letters of recommendation and PRR/MAR/Diversity report/surgical logs.

Program Application
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

Stipend:                                               
$90,000 with full benefits, including malpractice tail

Position Location:                           
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz Division

Scholarly Research Requirements:    
Fellow/Fellowship Program must publish research within three years in a peer-reviewed publication, preferably in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

Program Summary/Training Goals:

  • PAMF–Santa Cruz Foot & Ankle Fellowship is interested in enthusiastic, empathetic, teachable residents with previous diverse training experiences. We are not affiliated with any residency program.
  • The goal of this PAMF Fellowship is to offer extensive experience in the evaluation and management of a diverse variety of foot and ankle disorders.
  • The fellow learns from the practices of five well-trained ACFAS Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons within a large multispecialty group practice.
  • To fulfill this goal, our busy Santa Cruz Foot & Ankle service provides for approximately 20,000 patients a year. Patient referrals come from >100 primary care practices, four outpatient urgent care clinics and Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Emergency Department and Hospitalist Service. Fellow shares ED call with an attending daily as well as two weekends each month.
  • Fellowship training is focused on all aspects of podiatric medicine: autonomous outpatient clinic one to two days a week; and daily surgery, including pediatric and adult reconstructive surgery, sports-related injuries, extensive acute trauma, etc.
  • Participate in a week-long "Advanced Communication with Patients" educational course.
  • Watsonville Wound Care Clinic participation.
  • Allow adequate time to devote to scholarly research and investigation.
  • A dedicated physician’s assistant assists with pre- and postop patient management.
  • Overseas Vietnam [DaNang Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Center] Medical Mission option is highly recommended (one to two weeks each June).
  • Advocate and accommodate participation in Medical Device Industry Fellow-level courses.
  • Our Fellowship is designed to give a well-motivated individual the opportunity to take advantage of the diversity of foot and ankle pathology and clinical and surgical training available in Santa Cruz, graduating with a fellowship diploma from PAMF.

    Educational Opportunities

    Upcoming