FOR RELEASE: 5/13/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Bridgeport Hospital podiatric residency program enjoys a successful first year

Bridgeport Hospital’s Podiatric Residency Program is wrapping up its first year and the two members of the inaugural class say it’s been a valuable asset in their postgraduate training as foot doctors.

“The residency is very hands-on and well integrated with other specialties,” says podiatric resident Michael Mitry, DPM, of Boston, a graduate of New York College of Podiatric Medicine. “The program also exposes us to a wide variety of treatment approaches, which helps us choose the best option for each patient.”

Fellow podiatric resident Patrick Frencl, DPM, of Chicago, a graduate of Des Moines College of Podiatric Medicine, praises the supportive environment at Bridgeport Hospital.

“I feel very lucky to have been accepted into Bridgeport Hospital's program, says

Dr. Frencl. “I’m getting a very good education and I’m thankful to the other staff members at the hospital, who have been very welcoming.”

The two-year Podiatric Residency is overseen by Chief of Podiatric Surgery Howard Harinstein, DPM, and Assistant Program Director Ceasar Irby, DPM.

In addition to the postgraduate training provided to new podiatrists, the residency program benefits patients. The residents help provide care to Medicaid and uninsured patients in the Bridgeport Hospital Primary Care Center.

“The residents have made an impact in the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine,” explains Dr. Harinstein. “They participate in a new one-stop care area that includes complete diabetic foot care for patients with slow-healing wounds.”

Dr. Harinstein says the residents are also treating foot and ankle deformities in the hospital’s Primary Care Center, with direct appointments set up by the Emergency Department. In addition, the residents are on-call 24/7 for emergency care of fractures, infections, wounds and follow-up treatment.

“All of these programs have been successful and could not have been created without the addition of the residency program,” says Dr. Harinstein. “With the addition of two new residents in July, we will establish more programs to serve the community and provide education about the importance of podiatric care.”

The two-year Podiatric Residency is one of many offered by Bridgeport Hospital to provide postgraduate specialty training to new doctors. The hospital also has Internal Medicine, OB/GYN and Radiology residency programs, and participates with Yale-New Haven Hospital in joint residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery. In addition, Bridgeport Hospital offers fellowship programs in Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Geriatrics.

For information about the Podiatric Residency Program at Bridgeport Hospital, call the Department of Surgery office at 203-384-3998.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.