Paul A. Stone is the director of the Highlands Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Podiatric Residency program, which is operated by the Colorado Health Foundation.
Developing keen insight and sound judgment may be the most difficult task in our mission to train new surgeons. Unarmed with the experience of those at the peak of their careers, making the right decision can be challenging for those new to the field.
While judgment often grows from experience, keenness is not guaranteed. To some, it is an abstruse concept. Our goal is to demystify the process, dismiss the dogma and grow wide-eyed students into lifelong learners and luminaries of our profession.
The Highlands Presbyterian/St. Lukes Podiatric Residency Program of the Colorado Health Foundation provides the ideal environment to achieve this goal.
Perhaps the best gauge of the program’s success is the astuteness of our residents. Recently, a patient with a three-month history of acute onset heel pain was evaluated in our clinic. After a thorough examination by one of our residents, the patient was determined to be exhibiting signs of inflammatory bowel disease with associated Crohn’s arthropathy. The well-trained resident made an appropriate referral and the patient’s symptoms were resolved with treatment.
Our intensive, three-year program is one of the most competitively based residencies in the country. The founder of our program, John Buckholz, DPM, developed the podiatric surgery program in 1976. Regarded as one of the founders of modern Podiatric medicine and surgery, Dr. Buckholz is widely known for introducing European internal fixation techniques and principles of fracture repair to his residents and students.
Dr. Buckholz’s legacy lives on with us in our mission to provide a comprehensive educational process for podiatric residents to achieve extraordinary competency in their practice of medicine and surgery.