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Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC) in Augusta, Georgia, hosts a 3-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR-RRA). Since the mid 1980’s, CNVAMC has had a Podiatry Residency - graduating one resident per year since its inception. The program gives residents exposure to the needs of Veterans as well as private practice patients in both outpatient and inpatient clinical and surgical environments.

Foot surgery in OR

Residents not only work with the attendings at the CNVAMC, but also work with attendings at Augusta University, and private practices in the Augusta area. This program offers the ability to graduate from a residency approved and accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), but it also gives the resident the flexibility to take podiatry in a direction of their own interest. 

Whether the resident wants to focus on research, surgery, medicine, biomechanics, limb salvage, vascular, CNVAMC offers that opportunity.  This residency also offers billing and coding exposure (this is a career long endeavor). Furthermore, through the podiatry and non-podiatry rotations, CNVAMC residents will also experience the influence of medical conditions above the lower leg and ankle, especially cardiovascular, neurologic, lumbar spine etiologies. Residents will experience managing patients in the spinal cord unit. CNVAMC is one of the region’s leading spinal cord injury units. The goal of this residency program is to develop residents into a well-rounded compassionate podiatric physician.

This is a busy residency, as there is only one resident per year. First year residents can expect to be in the OR within the first month. There is no competition with other first year podiatry residents, and teamwork is essential.  This residency requires initiative, motivation, discipline, time-management, and the willingness to always want to learn more.

Podiatrist exams xrays

About our organization

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center provides services to more than 50,000 Veterans each year at 5 locations in Georgia and South Carolina. Facilities include two hospital sites in Augusta, Georgia, and 3 community-based outpatient clinics in Athens and Statesboro, Georgia; and Aiken, South Carolina. As a high-complexity healthcare system, Charlie Norwood VAMC employs more than 2,700 personnel and offers several specialty healthcare programs for Veterans, including blind rehab, intensive psychiatric community care, restorative nursing home care, Alzheimer’s disease care, spinal cord injury treatment, comprehensive women’s health services, and stroke rehabilitation. Charlie Norwood VAMC is also a leader in the VA’s Whole Health approach to care, which seeks to place the Veteran in control of their health planning and offer comprehensive care that extends beyond physical needs, such as mental health, social services, nutrition and exercise, and alternative therapies. Through partnerships with neighboring healthcare systems, colleges and universities, and the U.S. Army Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, Charlie Norwood VAMC provides medical and allied health training to more than 700 students and residents every year and conducts cutting-edge research to promote better health outcomes for Veterans and the surrounding community.

Why Augusta?

Augusta, Georgia, is one of the nation’s most dynamic and historic cities. With its affordable housing, strong schools, and numerous parks, the Augusta area is a great place to call home; in fact, Money Magazine named the nearby suburb of Evans as the “best place to live in America” in 2020 and U.S. News and World Report ranked Augusta as the top metro area to live and retire in Georgia. As home to The Masters, Augusta is also the golf capital of the world and is a short drive from major sports venues in Atlanta and nearby college powerhouses the University of Georgia and Clemson University. In less than a few hours, one can be to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston, or the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Local outdoor recreation abounds, also, such as the Serene 18 Paddle Trail. And if a vibrant music scene is more your tune, Augusta has produced giants such as master of soul James Brown, opera legend Jessye Norman, and country band Lady A; future stars perform live music locally each week, often at some of the more than 100 restaurants and breweries across the region.

Plus, Aiken, South Carolina was named "best small town in the South" by Southern Living Magazine in 2018. Aiken his known for many things including equine pursuits, the arts, sporting facilities, nature, and even playing a part in our country's railroad birth and our fight in the cold war era.

For more information, please visit our About Us section.  About Us | VA Augusta Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Medical Students / Clerkships / Externships

Charlie Norwood VAMC also offers clerkship opportunities for students to learn more about the residency program. Though not mandatory to do an externship, students are highly encouraged to rotate within the medical center.

How to apply

We fill one residency position annually and participate in the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies for resident selection. Please follow the standard podiatric application process.

Training experience

Cadaver Lab

Journal club monthly

Attending and Resident lectures

M&M conferences

Augusta University Orthopedic morning report and lectures

Didactic sessions

Weekly meetings and surgical case reviews

Weekly Vascular conference

Current rotations outside of podiatry


Behavioral Science

Emergency Medicine

General Surgery

Infectious Disease

Medical Imaging


Orthopedics and Trauma

Pain Management / Addiction Medicine

Pediatric Orthopedics

Plastic Surgery


Vascular Surgery

Additional benefits

Foot and Ankle Surgical Academy Website Access (PGY 1, 2, 3)

Board Wizards Website Access (ABFAS and ABPM) – board preparation (PGY 1, 2, 3)

Podiatry Institute Rearfoot and Ankle Course (PGY-2)

ACFAS - Arthroscopy course (PGY – 3)

Use of McGlamry’s Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fifth Edition (each resident gets their own set of books to use but, unfortunately, due to Federal regulations, the resident may not keep the books after graduation.)

Competitive salary / Medical / Dental

ABFAS / ABPM in-training exams (ITE) (PGY 1, 2, 3)

CME Conferences (PGY 1, 2, 3)

BLS/ACLS through Talent Management System (TMS)

Online medical library

Free parking


CNVAMC – Downtown campus

Augusta University

Evans Surgery Center

Surgery Center Columbia County

Augusta Foot and Ankle

Podiatry rotation schedule
We welcome any questions you may have regarding our Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program
Dr. Kean, Chief of Podiatry

Charles Kean DPM

Chief, Podiatry Service

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Dr. Sich

George Sich, III DPM

Residency Director

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Terria Madison DPM


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Francis Castillo DPM


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Mickey D. Stapp, DPM

Mickey D. Stapp DPM


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 Trevor S. Payne, DPM

Trevor S. Payne DPM


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Christopher Menke DPM


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