About the Program

A comprehensive program

Through the 3-year Podiatry Residency Program at Lakewood Regional Medical Center, you'll be exposed to advanced technology in the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities, a variety of specialists, six other hospitals in the area and even private office experience through some podiatric physicians. You can earn a Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle credential.

Residents gain a significant amount of experience in managing:

  • Diabetic foot infections
  • Wound care
  • Amputations
  • Hospital consultations
  • Working a team approach to impatient management

You'll receive a strong general medicine background that will complement your foot and ankle training. Through our state-of-the-art facilities, you can take advantage of learning from experts such as radiologists, vascular surgeons and other specialists.

Residents are treated with dignity and respect by our hospital and physician staff in a friendly and constructive learning environment. Residents enjoy a private office with computer and Internet access.

Every year, one resident is selected to enter the Podiatry Residency Program and will move through the following schedule:

First year

  • Office orientation/hospital protocol
  • Internal medicine
  • General surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthetics/orthotics/Pedorthics
  • E.R. call

Second year

  • Office rotations
  • Biomechanics/sports medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious disease
  • Hand surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular/general surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Behavioral science
  • Wound care
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Research methodology
  • E.R. call

Third year

  • Office rotations
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Biomechanics/sports medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular surgery
  • Prosthetics/orthotics/pedorthics
  • Practice management
  • E.R. call

For your first and second year, rotations will take priority over podiatric surgery though you may need to leave your rotation to cover surgical cases as needed.

For your third year, podiatric surgery takes priority over rotations. As you advance to your senior year, you'll get first choice of surgical cases. The number of surgical cases at our facility will far exceed what is required in all categories.

Life outside the hospital

If you are not familiar with Southern California, know that the Long Beach area is a fantastic place to live. Many of our residents venture to some of the many fine restaurants or to hosted lecture, workshop or pharmaceutical presentations. You are also within 20 minutes of the beach, Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.

Program Director

Dr. Lawrence Hodor, DPM has been Lakewood’s Podiatry Residency Program director since 1987.

If you are interested in arranging a visit or need specific information, please call the residents' office at (562) 602-6723 or refer to the CASPR Directory.