Program Director’s Message


Welcome to the newest Podiatry residency program in Central New York State and the only accredited program in the central Mohawk Valley service area.

The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program (PMSR/RRA) is designed for the mature, self-motivated, self-disciplined podiatric medical school graduate. Part of the Mohawk Valley Health System’s two main campuses, your training here will include exposure to and participation in treating and caring for patients in the hospital, outpatient and multidisciplinary setting. Our three-year program has received provisional approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and our clinic/office, surgical, medical, wound care, biomechanical and didactic experiences exceed the Minimum Activity Volume (MAV) for each category as established by the CPME.

St. Elizabeth’s Podiatry residents train as equals alongside allopathic and osteopathic resident colleagues in the Mohawk Valley Health System’s ACGME approved MD/DO programs, sharing faculty, library resources, wellness activities and participating together in various multidisciplinary conferences. With only one (1) graduate trainee entering our program each Academic Year, we have a low resident-faculty ratio, contributing to a much more effective learning/teaching environment. Residents are required to complete a research proposal and are enrolled in the course ‘Clinical Research’ at nearby Utica University.

Located only blocks from the Utica Refugee Resettlement Center, you will have the opportunity to experience diversity within our patient population, as Utica is the third-highest per-capita resettlement area in the nation. You will be exposed to individuals from all over the world with a wide array of cultural backgrounds and medical conditions.

We are fortunate to have outstanding faculty members, in Podiatry as well as non-Podiatry medical & surgical disciplines, who enthusiastically participate in our residents’ training. I have personally been dedicated to podiatric graduate medical education for many years. In addition to being the Program Director of the SEMC PMSR/RRA, I similarly founded and served as Program Director of the PMSR/RRA at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, prior to relocating to the Utica area. Our collective goal is to graduate residents who have achieved the competence and confidence to enter into solo, group or multidisciplinary practice or pursue additional training at the fellowship level.

We are excited about your interest in our program and invite you to explore our webpages, including the videos.  If we can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

– Robert J. Scardina, DPM, FACFAS, FACPM