A mandatory academic conference is held every Thursday afternoon in the Rosner Room (basement of Evans Hall). Textbook chapters, current articles, along with a practice board and OITE questions are reviewed. A formal two-hour fracture case conference is also conducted. Various local attendings participate in conference and, oftentimes, one is invited each week to give an hour lecture on the specific week’s topic. This is an exceptional educational experience for all in attendance. Medical students on service are encouraged to give a 5-10 minute case presentation by the end of their rotation. All residents, with very few exceptions, are required to attend. Interns and students are encouraged to attend as well. Lunch is provided.
A monthly journal club is conducted one Thursday evening of each month that is sponsored and held at a local restaurant. We invite a fellowship-trained attending to discuss specific articles on a selected topic in the current orthopedic literature.
All residents are required to attend a monthly city-wide orthopedic dinner meeting and lecture which brings together all seven orthopedic residency programs and attendings from the Philadelphia area (Univ of Penn, Jefferson, Einstein, Drexel, Cooper, Temple, and PCOM). The lecture is provided by a distinct leader in their field that is often brought in from various parts of the country. This is held on the second Monday of each month and is a great networking and educational opportunity. The final meeting is the Resident Bowl in which a fifth year resident represents the program in a competition against other local programs, which we have won in the past. PCOM commonly wins the award for best resident attendance.
PCOM Grand Rounds / Alumni Day
Every spring, PCOM Orthopedics invites a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon to lecture on a current topic. Attendings, residents, interns, and students from all over the region are invited to attend. We also hold a “Research Day” in which all the residents present their research posters. The following day will be a golf tournament and lunch for all residents, attendings, and alumni.
David Green, MD
James Andrews, MD
Paul Lotke, MD
Richard Scott, MD
Joseph Zuckerman, MD
No Grand Rounds
Inaugural Grand Rounds
Kenneth Koval, MD
All residents are given two weeks throughout the year for conference time. All second year residents are required to attend the AO basic fracture course and all fourth year residents are required to attend the AOAO Fall Meeting. Both of these courses are fully funded by PCOM. There are numerous other opportunities for residents to attend sponsored courses during their four years in residency in order to supplement their education. Residents regularly attend numerous subspecialty society meetings and courses along with company sponsored events annually. Additionally, funding is available for poster presentations that are routinely presented at various meetings throughout the country every year.
Outside Lectures, Reviews and Courses
Numerous educational opportunities are available throughout the local area that we regularly participate in each year. The Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Symposium is an annual fall meeting hosted by the region’s most renowned shoulder and elbow surgeons. The Frassica Tumor and Pathology Review is a annual spring orthopedic pathology review hosted in Harrisburg, PA by Frank Frassica, MD. Several Orthopedic In-Training Exam reviews are held in the fall of each year including pediatric orthopedics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, pathology at Cooper University Hospital, and hand at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Every spring, residents have the unique opportunity to perform anatomic dissection and operative exposures on a cadaver in the PCOM anatomy lab. The cadaver lab can be utilized for other educational and demonstrative purposes throughout the year.
PCOM Orthopedics recently received a state-of-the-art knee and shoulder arthroscopy simulator for residents to train and sharpen their arthroscopy skills. With the ability to perform many types of procedures, residents are able to track their progress throughout the year.
There are numerous research opportunities for the orthopedic residents at PCOM. We have the opportunity to work with many fellowship-trained attending surgeons who are actively involved in academic research and publish regularly in highly respected peer reviewed journals. Several of our residents have recently been published in the JAAOS, JBJS, CORR, JOT, Orthopedics, and Spine. We also are asked to present posters and give podium presentations throughout the country. These trips are reimbursed by GME.
Residents and significant others are encouraged to participate in social activities including an intramural softball league, happy hours, holiday and end-of-the-year parties, and professional athletic events.
Residents are provided an annual $200 educational stipend to utilize on books and other educational related activities. Additionally, residents are provided with surgical loupes and lead aprons during their residency training. Funding for senior residents to complete ATLS training is also offered.
Disability, liability, medical and dental insurance are provided as a PCOM employee. Contact the GME department for more details.