Welcome to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Webpage. Here you can find information about our program; including hospitals, faculty, current residents, alumni fellowships/jobs, and academics. Also, medical students can gain insight regarding rotations.
The orthopedic residency program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is among the largest and best osteopathic programs in the country. Now in its 39th year, PCOM's training is designed to provide residents the basic fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment for both orthopedic conditions and fracture care necessary to practice orthopedic surgery. The program includes all the components needed to satisfy the American Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics requirements for orthopedic surgery training. Therefore, upon completion of the program, residents are board-eligible.
"The outstanding feature of this residency is its breadth. The program is a comprehensive approach to orthopedic education, both in terms of academics and hands-on orthopedic training. It encompasses every facet of orthopedics that practitioners must deal with when they are out practicing on their own", says Maxwell Stepanuk, D.O. (program director).
"The faculty and residents together are involved in hands-on training every day," says Dr. Stepanuk. "We make rounds and scrub cases with the residents, and they participate in operative procedures based on their degree of experience.
"Gradually, residents advance at their own pace to the point where they are fully responsible for the care and surgical treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries, under direct faculty supervision. The orthopedic surgery clinic further increases residents' responsibilities and further enhances surgical experience and patient care."
The first year involves instruction in the basic sciences related to orthopedic surgery, pre- and post-operative orthopedic care and the management of fractures and dislocations. During the second year, residents are exposed to surgical training at affiliated hospitals, where they get hands-on experience in general orthopedics and fracture management. In the third and fourth years, residents are eligible for out-rotations where they can audition for fellowship, specifically in affiliated hospitals in trauma, joints, sports, foot and ankle, and spine. The fifth year is spent refining their surgical skills at our affiliated hospitals and are responsible for education the junior residents.
Drs. Stepanuk and McPhilemy are now in their 25th year as leaders of PCOM Orthopedics.