The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Podiatric Medicine and
Surgical Residency Program has been granted approval by the Council on
Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical
Association, after passing its rigorous on-site visit at the end of last year.
The first resident entered the program in July 2015, with an additional resident
being added each year.
Medical students looking to expand into the field of
podiatric surgery will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and
training from foot and ankle surgeons at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and
Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health.
The residency is a three-year, surgically oriented program
that will focus on foot and ankle surgery and comprehensive podiatric medicine.
One doctor will be accepted each year. After three years, there will
continually be three residents in the program.
Doctors entering the program will have already earned their
DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. The residency program will give these
doctors more intense training in CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s operating rooms as well
as at Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center and West Calcasieu Cameron
Hospital. These residents will also gain extensive direct patient-care
experience in the areas of wound care, diabetic care, and podiatric
research. Residents will receive podiatric and orthopedic experience,
including clinical and practice management in the hospital and office settings.
Residents will also rotate in various specialties at CHRISTUS St. Patrick
Hospital including emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery,
pediatrics and radiology, receiving training from 14 participating doctors and
specialties. In addition, these residents will complete rotations through LSU
Health Science Center in New Orleans and the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center in Dallas, which will give them advanced surgical and enhanced
research experience in their field.
Because the residency is partnered with Center for
Orthopaedics, the region’s largest musculoskeletal group, the residents will
not only have the opportunity to work closely with experienced orthopaedic
surgeons and specialists, they will also work within the group’s Sports
Medicine Program, which provides services to McNeese State University and 14
area high schools. This adds a training aspect to the program that many
podiatric residents don’t access to.
Donald Lloyd II, CEO of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, says
CHRISTUS is proud to be launching the new residency program, particularly at a
time when the population in our region is expanding rapidly. "It makes perfect
sense to us to not only recruit new doctors, but to train them right here to
meet the high standards of patient care we’ve established for our
hospital. Our medical staff is excited to be a part of the program and we
are all looking forward to welcoming the residents to our medical community.”
"We didn’t want to offer a one-dimensional training program
that just repeated what these doctors had already learned in medical school,”
says Dr. Tyson Green, Residency Program Director. "CHRISTUS wanted to go way
beyond that. With the help and support of the participating doctors, including
my partners here at CFO, we’ve created a program that will be second to none in
the country. Doctors training here will have incredible access to a
diverse range of real practice settings, working with experienced physicians
from a wide range of subspecialties. Our involvement with McNeese
on the sports medicine front provides additional training opportunities that
are not available with most podiatric medicine residency programs. We’ll be
carefully screening applicants to ensure that we bring the most qualified
doctors here to Southwest Louisiana.”
Dr. Tyson Green, Residency Program Director
Dr. Tyson Green with Center for Orthopaedics will serve as
the Director of the Residency Program. He is a Team Physician for McNeese State
University and also serves as the Medical Director of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick
Wound Center. Dr. Green specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle
injuries and conditions. He is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, and joined
Center for Orthopaedics in 2009. Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree
from Louisiana State University, and earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. He completed a three-year residency in Podiatric Medicine and
Surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – University of Texas A&M
Health Science Center in Temple, Texas. Dr. Green is board certified in
foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He serves on
the board of the Louisiana Podiatric Medicine Association, and is a member of
the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association and
the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.