Podiatric Residency & Clerkship Programs - VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois


Podiatric Residency & Clerkship Programs

VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) provides primary and secondary healthcare services to Veterans residing in Central Illinois and West Central Indiana.  Inpatient services are available in acute and sub-acute internal medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Community Living Centers provide a skilled care environment with special focus on rehabilitation, dementia and alzheimers care, geri-psychiatric care, palliative care and extended care.  A full cadre of ambulatory care services is offered including primary care, ambulatory surgery, mental health, substance abuse and specialty care.   The facility is staffed by more than 1,589 employees and supports 20 acute care beds, 22 Mental Health Acute care beds, 41 PRRTP/DOM (Psychological Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program/Domiciliary) beds, 20 Long Term Care beds in the Green Homes (Freedom/Liberty) and 117 Community Living (nursing home) beds in the facility.  VAIHCS is also responsible for the health care services offered at Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Peoria, Decatur, Mattoon and Springfield, Illinois, and West Lafayette, Indiana.  

More than 46,000 Veterans are enrolled for health care at VAIHCS, with over 33,000 receiving care in 2016.   The Medical Center has an operating budget of $220,563,032 million and focuses on several mission areas: providing health care, conducting medical research, training health care professionals of the future, and being prepared to serve in the event of a crisis or emergency.  Affiliated with the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Champaign-Urbana, the Indiana University School of Optometry at Bloomington, Indiana and numerous other allied health schools and colleges, VA Illiana VA Medical Center offers comprehensive surgical, medical and psychiatric care to include special emphasis programs, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, and rehabilitative care.

VA Mission & Vision
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

Abraham Lincoln made that pledge to America's Civil War veterans during his Second Inaugural Address, in 1865. Nearly a century and a half later later, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still making good on President Lincoln's promise.

  • At VA we honor America's debt to the men and women whose patriotic service and sacrifice earned our freedom.
  • We give vets assistance of the most meaningful kind. We provide medical and financial help when they need it most.
  • When they pass on, we build and maintain the great national cemeteries that perpetuate their memory.
  • Carrying out VA's challenging medical, financial, and memorial mission demands a diverse, dedicated, and highly skilled work force.

Core Values
VA’s five core values underscore the obligations inherent in VA’s mission: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. The core values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans and eligible beneficiaries. Our values are more than just words – they affect outcomes in our daily interactions with Veterans and eligible beneficiaries and with each other. Taking the first letter of each word—Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence—creates a powerful acronym, “I CARE,” that reminds each VA employee of the importance of their role in this Department. These core values come together as five promises we make as individuals and as an organization to those we serve.

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.
Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.
Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.
Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.
Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

VA Illiana Medical Center in Danville, IL, offers training to podiatry residents and students in two capacities:

  • Three year 3 year PMSR w/ RRA residency program, fully approved by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education.
  • Clerkship program in podiatric medicine and surgery. Podiatry students work closely with our podiatry attendings and residents, participating in all aspect of patient care.
Located in Central Illinois, Danville is located half way between the bustling streets of Chicago and the beauty and tranquility of Indianapolis, IN, corn and bean country.

Podiatry Residency & Clerkship Programs 

VA Illiana Medical Center offers a 3 year PMSR w/ RRA residency program, fully approved by the Council of Podiatric Education. Resident rotations provide a full scope of medical training in a team based interdisciplinary setting. Podiatric surgical training is provided in multiple facilities and encompasses all aspects of podiatric surgery including forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot, forefoot & rearfoot reconstruction, Charcot reconstruction, foot & ankle trauma, limb salvage and arthroscopy. Competencies are met through training in diverse facilities with equally as diverse faculty.

The VA podiatry clinic is well constructed for excellent patient care. Each room includes a computer with electronic medical records, digital x-rays and internet access. Board review courses are available in the library.

The VA Medical Center Campus includes multiple buildings over a widespread area. On-campus facilities include an acute hospital building with multiple inpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric wards, a library, and amultiple long term care facilities. On-campus housing is available to rotating students. On campus house is available to Podiatry clerkship students who stay for a 4 week rotation.

The Podiatry Program is also affiliated with and offers rotations at Carle Hospital, Urbana/Champaign, Illinois a 393 bed level 1 Trauma Facility; Presence Covenant Medical Center in  Urbana/ Champaign, a 210 bed facility and Christie Clinic, Champaign/Urbana Illinois a multi-specialty Clinic.

Additional Information and Application
• Podiatry Residency/Clerkship Program, Rotation, FAQs
Application for Podiatry Clerkship - Visit the VA Podiatry Website
• IL State Limited Residency Permit Instructions
Standard Operating Procedures Health Trainees/Schools

The documents above provide basic information about the residency and clerkship programs including application information, program details, contact information and a summary of each rotation's goals and duration. More detailed information about each rotation, including required competencies, will be provided to residents.

Questions or Comments
Please email us with your questions or comments to mailto:VHADANPODIATRYRESIDENCYPROGRAM@VA.GOV This email will be delivered to Autumn Kuemmerle, Program Specialist (GME), Rusti Stahl, Adminstrative Assistant (GME); Christopher Japour, DPM; MS Residency Director and Chief of Podiatry Dept.; Edward Chen, DPM, MD, Assistant Residency Director; Viseth Lieu,DPM, Clerkship Coordinator.

Contact Info


  • 1900 E. Main Street
    Danville, IL 61832
    Podiatry Department

Contact Number(s)

  • 217-554-3000 Ext. 3660

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm