The quality of medical school and residency training makes a difference in practice. Dr. Hoy’s podiatric medical school education and residency was based out of a world-class medical school and hospital system, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
During Dr. Hoy’s medical school years at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, the UCSF Medical Center was affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center to become UCSF Stanford Health Care. This institution provided Dr. Hoy’s medical education coursework, from classes such as pharmacology to pathology to pediatrics. UCSF Stanford also provided many of his clinical rotations during school.
UCSF is a center of health sciences research, patient care, and education; located in San Francisco, California, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading universities in health sciences. One of the 10 campuses of the University of California, it is the only UC school dedicated solely to graduate education, and in health and biomedical sciences. The UCSF Medical Center is consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, who also ranked UCSF’s medical school as one of the top 10 in a number of specialties, including a specialty program in AIDS medical care ranked first in the country.
After Dr. Hoy graduated, he remained as a resident in San Francisco. At this point, UCSF again became a singular institution. Most of the training sites during Dr. Hoy’s residency (California College of Podiatric Medicine-Veterans Affairs Medical Center) were UCSF-based, including the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, UCSF Parnassus Campus, San Francisco General Hospital, and Highland Hospital in Oakland.
During the years spent in residency Dr. Hoy received hands-on experience in many relevant specialties of medicine. A residency is comprised of many rotations. A rotation is a block of time, at least one month in length, spent with a team of physicians on a particular service, or specialty, of the medical center. Some of the services through which Dr. Hoy rotated include Inpatient Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Hand and Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Orthopedics. Podiatric residents also ran their own Foot and Ankle service at the various hospitals.
A team of physicians on a service on any given month usually includes, in order of seniority, an attending physician, a fellow, a chief resident, an intern (first year resident), and team members who are students or physicians outside the specialty. This hospital model, under which Dr. Hoy trained during residency, enables him to work as an integral part of a medical team.
“My first visit with Dr. Hoy was so much more than I even expected. As my new Podiatrist, the exam and attention to my feet was excellent and when we discussed two other medical issues I was dealing with on my legs, he was also able to treat those and teach me more to address those problems on my own. His extensive medical training has also been in other specialities and he has some years of experience in those too. So I was very impressed by Dr. Hoy’s depth of knowledge and experience and look forward to our ongoing treatment plan. Of course, I should also compliment Ava, his office administrator. They have an efficient system and she is excellent and so friendly too. Dr Hoy and Ava are truly 5 star.” -Gennie T.