Penn Presbyterian Podiatric Research Fellowship

Program Director:
D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Andrew B. Peacock, DPM, FACFAS
Hye Rin Kim, DPM

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2024-2025: Yolanda Marshall, DPM
2023-2024: Yolanda Marshall, DPM and Nicholas Perfetti, DPM
2022-2023: Nicholas Perfetti, DPM

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 622-9664
Fax: (215) 243-3223

Program Information:
Program Video
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Number of Positions:

Two years

Program Start and End Dates:
July 1–June 30

Application Deadline:
March 1

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

Dependent on post graduate year. Minimum of $82,720.33 (PGY4)

Position Locations:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Research Requirements:
Patient-oriented research project(s) designed and executed such that results are publishable.

Program Summary/Training Goals: 
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center offers a two-year, patient-oriented clinical research fellowship in podiatric medicine and surgery. The fellowship provides aspiring investigators an opportunity to learn the principles of clinical research and time to work on original and group research, while refining their skills in the clinical practice setting. This program offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding candidate with a strong interest in patient-oriented research who demonstrates the ability to work both independently and as part of a group. Because clinical research questions arise during clinical practice, when a clinician is face to face with patients, the candidate must also be a compassionate provider of patient care. The program’s focus is on clinical research and not on refining surgical skills in the operating room. Podiatric Research Fellows will:

  • Collaborate in clinical research with Penn attendings and residents
  • Manage patients in a busy foot and ankle surgical practice
  • Gain an understanding of different clinical research methods—randomized controlled trials, cohort and case-control studies, health measurements and surveys, quasi-experiments and other investigational techniques
  • Design, implement and analyze an original (the fellow’s own) research project
  • Learn how health measurement applies to epidemiological research
  • Learn and refine one’s skills for critically appraising the medical literature
  • Gain an understanding of biostatistical principles that pertain to epidemiology
  • Develop, maintain and statistically interpret a set of clinical data
  • Participate on a Penn institutional review board
  • Develop, present and publish original research posters, abstracts and reports

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2021-2022: Modupe Apetuje, DPM, and Mohammad Khan, DPM, AACFAS
2020-2021: Adam McDonald, DPM, AACFAS
2019-2021: Alton Johnson, DPM
2017–2019: Hye Rin Kim, DPM
2017–2018: Melissa Younger, DPM
2016–2017: Raafae Hussain, DPM and Lauren Pruner, DPM
2015–2016: Eric VonHerbulis, DPM, FACFAS, and Brittany Winfeld, DPM
2014–2015: Jim Maxka, DPM, PhD, AACFAS and Michael Strangio, DPM
2013–2014: Melissa Younger, DPM
2012–2014: Nathan Jennato, DPM and Demetria Martin, DPM
2011–2012: Raj Sahota, DPM
2010–2012: Stacy Ziskowski, DPM
2010–2011: Frank Ziskowski, DPM, FACFAS
2009–2011: Mariel Featherstone, DPM
2008–2010: Kabibi Davidson, DPM
2007–2009: Shanika Hill, DPM
2006–2008: Pamela Borowsky, DPM and Sang Yi, DPM