Podiatric Surgery Residency: Alumni Achievements
Successful Employment and Board Certification
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at HCMC prepares our graduates for board certification and clinical positions in multi-specialty medical groups and orthopedic practices. Many alumni pursue board certification in Foot Surgery and Rearfoot/Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery through the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS).
Mindy Benton, MD - Residency Program Director, HCMC
Year of Graduation: 1993
Why I came to HCMC for residency
I was drawn to HCMC for a two main reasons. One was geographic; I grew up near the Twin Cities and could appreciate "Minnesota Nice”, the patients, and the work ethic that comes along with that. I embrace each of the four seasons and try to get outside to enjoy them in many ways. The other attraction to HCMC was the teaching staff. Dr. Stephen Powless and Dr. Steven Kiester were my main mentors in residency training; they placed a high value on teaching hands-on excellent clinical and surgical skills which is reflected in patient satisfaction and outcomes. The HCMC PMSR/RRA program has a unique combination of staff located both at HCMC and around the metropolitan area, affording our residents exposure to clinics and surgery in many health care systems with patients of many socioeconomic backgrounds.
Influential/memorable moment in residency
My first weekend of call as a resident at HCMC included an emergent surgery to partially amputate an infected foot in a diabetic Native American patient. He had tried to heal his foot during a healing ceremony in a sweat lodge to no avail. He was so grateful that we were able to maintain his ability to walk that he later gave me a gift of a hand-made beaded writing pen he had made (back when we still hand wrote our notes). I came to better know that patient during my entire residency and later as an HCMC staff member. More importantly, I came to better understand his Native American culture - their spirituality, their health care challenges, etc. which helps me to care for my patients today. The patient underwent many amputations as his diabetic complications developed and worsened but he never lost his pride and generosity of spirit. We learn much from our patients that cannot be found in textbooks, which is very evident at HCMC.