Podiatry Residency

The Residents work with ten attending Podiatric Physicians in four clinics and their private offices. Coding and billing as well as the day-to-day operations of a podiatric office are covered.

Podiatry Residency

Program Director: Jason Lee, D.P.M.

lee_jasonTelephone: (814) 868-8217
Email: jlee@maerie.org


The Podiatry Residency Program at LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital was established in 1983. The mission of the LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR/RRA) Program is to inspire, promote and support the investigation, knowledge and passion of the ankle and foot. Millcreek Community Hospital is vigilant to provide a sound academic, clinical and educational foundation for all Podiatric Residents. The LECOM Health/ Millcreek Community Hospital, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR/RRA) Program has been developed with special emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach and meticulous care to all lower extremity disorders.

Podiatry Residency Training Program

Curriculum and Features

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR/RRA) Program:

  • The First Year Resident will complete 12 months of Podiatric Surgery/Wound Care with additional rotations in: Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Radiology, and Behavioral Health. All aspects of patient care are addressed through multiple patient contacts in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  The first year resident is focused primarily on mastering all aspects of perioperative care and hospital consult surgeries including infection control.
  • The Second Year Resident will complete 12 months of Podiatric Surgery/Wound Care with additional rotations in: Anesthesia, Rheumatology, Vascular Surgery and Pathology. The Second Year Resident is focused primarily on mastering all aspects of forefoot surgery.
  • The Third Year Resident will complete 12 months of Podiatric Surgery/Wound Care with attending supervised office and clinic rotations. This includes rotations in Vascular Surgery, Infections Disease and Plastic Surgery. The focus of the Third Year Resident is primarily mastering all aspects of rearfoot surgery. Additional attention is given towards making the Resident a well-rounded Podiatric Surgeon as well as a skilled clinician. CPME requirements are met by residents in their second year of residency.

Millcreek Community Hospital is a 168 bed teaching institution and is part of LECOM Health, which is an academic health center that includes the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie. In addition to our Podiatric Residency, we have Residencies in Orthopedic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Psychiatry and Pharmacy, along with Fellowships in G.I. and NMM/OMM, Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine.

Didactic Activities for the Podiatric Residents include monthly Journal Club with the podiatric staff, weekly review of relevant podiatric texts, weekly literature reviews and multiple podiatric lectures given by the Residents and attending staff. Board wizard lectures are purchased for the third year Podiatric Residents in preparation for qualifying exams.  The LECOM Cadaver Lab assigns one limb per podiatry resident annually (open to the resident to access during school hours).

The Residents work with over 15 attending Podiatric Physicians (listed below) in multiple clinics and their private offices. Coding and billing as well as the day-to-day operations of a podiatric office are covered in detail:

  • Jason Crilley, D.P.M.
  • Richard DiBacco, D.P.M..
  • Kristen Heard, D.P.M.
  • Anthony Colonna, D.P.M.
  • Morgan Holmes, D.P.M.
  • Jay Moritz, D.P.M.
  • Brian Mussett, D.P.M.
  • Daniel Olson, D.P.M.
  • Michael Ruiz, D.P.M.
  • John Susz, D.P.M.
  • Chris & Doug Nelson, D.P.M.
  • Frederick Tomassi, D.P.M.
  • William Weily, D.P.M.
  • Jason Lee, D.P.M.
  • Thomas Pokabla, D.P.M.
  • Jospeh DiFranco, D.P.M

This excellent and diverse Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR/RRA) Program prepares the Resident to practice full scope of surgical Podiatric Medicine and achievement along with surgical board certification.

Externships are available for the fourth (4th) year Podiatric Medical Student from for the entire academic year. There is a maximum of two (2) students per month. Therefore, it is best to apply as soon as possible to obtain your desired month. Apply through American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, www.aacpm.org. The Externs receive meals and student housing at no cost. We encourage externs to contact us directly with any questions.

Resident Benefits

Vacation: Residents receive twenty days of paid leave and three days for illness each training year. (This includes five days for CME)

Educational Allowance: Residents receive $1,800.00 for continuing medical education which can be used to participate in extramural educational seminars or the purchase of books, subscriptions or other scholarly materials. Residents take the ACLS Certification course at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost.

Free Membership to LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center.

Relocation Allowance: Incoming residents are granted up to $1,000 relocation allowance to facilitate the move to Erie, PA. There is a wide range of housing options in both urban and rural settings. Hospital subsidized housing is also available. The MCH staff will be happy to assist you in finding accommodations to suit you.

Insurance: Residents receive malpractice, medical, dental and life insurance at no cost. Medical insurance for the residents and his family is provided. A pharmaceutical plan allows prescriptions to be filled our outpatient pharmacy at a reduced rate. Life Insurance is provided with a benefit equal to one year’s salary.

On-Call Meals: The residents receive all meals while on-duty and while on-call at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost. Their family may join them and receive the employee discount on all meals.
Library Facilities: Millcreek Community Hospital has a well-equipped library where residents may obtain computerized literature searches and copies of articles at no charge. The MCH Medical Library has an active interlibrary loan program through LECOM. Residents also have access to the LECOM Learning Resource Center.

Other Benefits: Residents are provided with three lab coats each year at no charge.

Podiatry Program application and selection:

LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital utilizes the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR)  a national, centralized application processing and computerized matching service for the placement of podiatric medical school graduates into our podiatric medical and surgical residency program. This program of residency selection has been serving both applicants and residency program directors and faculty since 1976.  The program also utilizes the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP) a centralized gathering of residency candidates and podiatric resident selection committees at one time and one place for the purpose of interviewing. CRIP saves time and money for both applicants and hospital programs. CRIP takes place in January in Frisco, TX.

  1. Program shall respect the educational and professional records of student externs, residents and program graduates and release such information only under legally recognized circumstances and with the appropriate authorization.
  2. Execute professional responsibilities with fairness and impartiality and show equal consideration to individuals regardless of their status or position, their race, ethnic origins, color, sex, age, or religion. Program shall exercise consistent principles that have generally governed U.S. higher education, encourage diversity and promote the educational and cultural advantages of pluralism.
  3. Program shall abide by the official schedule printed in the CASPR application materials and not conduct interviews for the purposes of resident selection prior to the first interview date or in conflict with any of the interview dates published by the national resident matching service.
  4. Program shall follow established criteria for the evaluation of all applicants to the residency program
  5. Program shall not require students to provide materials that duplicate those provided by the CASPR service.
  6. Program Director or designee shall notify applicants in advance of application deadlines of all requirements that shall be met in order to be considered for the residency program.
  7. Program provides to each applicant the residency program description, clinical experiences, and benefits afforded the applicant, if selected.
  8. Applicants are not required hospital visitations, pre-interviews or social events prior to the CRIP interview to be considered for the residency selection. Applicants are invited to set up hospital visits, tours, and audition rotations by contacting the LECOM Health medical education at 814-868-8217.
  9. Program shall not accept any applicant who is under contract to another residency program or matching service without a signed released from that residency program or matching service.

Millcreek Community Hospital’s Podiatric Surgery Residency Program participates in the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies/Centralized Residency Interview Program (CASPR/CRIP).  https://CASPRweb.org

Podiatry Summer Program

LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital hosts a week long Podiatry Summer Program, every July.  The Podiatry Summer Program exposes podiatry students entering their second year, to a variety of surgical, clinical, and educational activities. Participants enjoyed the mentorship of podiatry residents while observing inpatient surgeries, outpatient office visits, wound clinics, and history and physical documentation.  Students attend a Saw Bones Workshop using screws and plates for practicing fixation in the foot and ankle.  Applications are forwarded in early March to each Podiatry Medical School – to forward to eligible students.

2020-2021 Podiatry Residents

Wanna Jean Mary, D.P.M. PGY 3: wjeanmar@kent.edu
Nirali Shah, D.P.M. PGY 2: Nirali.shah@my.rfums.org
Tran Tina Nguyen, D.P.M. PGY 2: tnguye36@kent.edu
Kevin Liberty, D.P.M. PGY 1: kevin.liberty@my.rfums.org
Lex Barte, D.P.M. PGY 1: lexherwen.barte@my.rfums.org
Morgan Gallo, D.P.M. PGY 1: mgallo7@kent.edu
Leng Xiong, D.P.M. PGY 1: Lengxiong11@gmail.com

Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, color, or disability, which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.