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Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency

You’ll get your hands on feet (and ankles) from the first day of your Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency. During our 3 years together, you’ll grow proficient in total ankle replacement surgery and minimum incision bunion corrective surgery with the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

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Learn from our board-certified podiatric foot and ankle surgeons who are passionate about sharing their expertise gained through 750 surgeries each year. We designed our residency to model the practice of podiatric foot and ankle surgeons with inpatient and outpatient experiences in primary and tertiary care seeing routine and unique cases. Our residents’ exceptional pass rate on the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery qualification exam before graduation reflects the quality of their educational experience at Gundersen. Our program is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.


  • You’ll train at our flagship medical center in La Crosse, Wis., with the option of caring for patients at our clinics in Onalaska, Tomah and Winona  
  • During your experience, you’ll rotate through Orthopedics, Orthopedic Trauma, Pediatric Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Rheumatology, Behavioral Health, Radiology, Infectious Disease, General and Vascular Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Pathology, Endocrinology, Sports Medicine and Plastic Surgery 
  • You’ll have opportunities to participate in elective and non-elective Orthopedic surgeries 
  • We believe in learning from one another, and you'll collaborate with and teach other residents, fellows, student externs and undergraduate students during your training
  • After graduation, our residents are well equipped to join group practices including multi-specialty clinics, enter private practice, or go on to complete fellowships to further hone their surgical and clinical skills
Family statue outside Gundersen's La Crosse hospital.


We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational experiences and more benefits to support you during your residency.

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Resident life at Gundersen

We’re focused on your professional development, and your personal growth and wellness. We support our residents through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging residency period so you retain your compassion for patients and passion for podiatric medicine while living your best life. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and resident well-being is by:  

  • Offering affordable resident housing steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse  
  • Building in longitudinal time for personal wellness and engaging fellow team-building activities 
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love. We call it love + medicine. La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.   

Welcome to Gundersen Health System

Why Gundersen

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Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

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Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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