Olsen Named Director of Broadlawns Foot and Ankle Fellowship
June 16, 2010
Des Moines, June 16, 2010 – Ben Olsen, DPM, has been named director of the newly formed Foot and Ankle Trauma Fellowship at Broadlawns Medical Center.
"Broadlawns' Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery has always hada strong interest in the education and training of future lower extremity surgeons," said Denise Mandi, DPM, section chief of the Fool and Ankle Surgery Department at Broadlawns Medical Center. "This Foot and Ankle Trauma Fellowship will allow Broadlawns another avenue of fulfilling its commitment to train tomorrow's health care providers and leaders in an advanced capacity."
One post residency position will be available per year through the new program at Broadlawns, which will run from August 1 through July 31.
“The goal of the fellowship is to provide the post-resident foot and ankle surgeon 12 months of advanced training in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle,” explained Olsen. "This year, we will select our first fellow by July 1, 2010. In the future, the position will be determined by the first of the year."
Olsen joined the Foot and Ankle Surgery Department at Broadlawns in 2009. He completed his medical education at Des Moines University and received his residency training at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. Following residency, Olsen practiced in South Dakota at Orthopaedic Consultants and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
Olsen has a special interest in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle with advanced training and certification in total ankle replacement surgery.
Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties
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