Podiatry Residency Program

Become a well-rounded podiatric physician

Since 1981, the Podiatry Residency Program at Lakewood Regional Medical Center has been producing outstanding podiatrists who are well rounded and able to take on complicated cases.

The podiatry residency program at Lakewood Regional Medical Center helps you transition from a student to a well-rounded practicing physician. Through Lakewood’s program, you can earn a Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle credential.

Take advantage of the stability and prosperity our program has been able to offer our residents for over 40 years.

About the Program

A comprehensive program

Through the 3-year Podiatry Residency Program at Lakewood Regional Medical Center, you will be exposed to advanced technology in the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities, with a variety of specialists, practice at six other hospitals and surgery centers in the area, and even private office experience through are many attending podiatric physicians.

Residents gain a significant amount of experience in managing:

  • Diabetic foot infections
  • Wound care
  • Amputations
  • Hospital consultations
  • Working within a team approach to inpatient management
  • Foot & Ankle trauma

You will 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 at Lakewood are treated with dignity and respect by our hospital staff, and physician staff provide 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
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vascular/general surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Behavioral science
  • Wound care
  • Podiatric surgery
  • 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 1986.

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.

Podiatry Residency Program Resources