The mission of the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program with Osteopathic Recognition is to provide all residents with the medical knowledge, surgical skills, and ethical values, enriched with osteopathic principles and practice, in order to achieve proficiency and competency to practice as a general orthopedic surgeon upon graduation and to prepare residents to compete effectively for fellowships, if desired.


The vision of the program is to create a diverse, and inclusive residency program, foster an environment of lifelong learning espousing osteopathic principles and practice, and to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the healthcare environment.

"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."

 Max Stepanuk, D.O.

PCOM Orthopedics Program Director (1990-2015)

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency program at PCOM is among the largest and best programs in the country.  There are few, if any, osteopathic or allopathic orthopedic surgery programs in the country that can compete with the breadth and quality of  the orthopedic surgeons that train our residents at PCOM orthopedics.  For 40 years, PCOM's training has provided residents the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment for orthopedic conditions and the fracture care necessary to graduate and practice orthopedic surgery at a high level across the country.  As a result, our graduates consistently gain acceptance to the finest and most competitive orthopedic surgery fellowships in the nation.    

The program includes all the components needed to satisfy the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and the American Osteopathic Association to become board-eligible after graduation.  PCOM is currently in ACGME initial accreditation. As of 2019, 133 residents have graduated from the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.

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 spend their time on out-rotations in trauma, joints, sports, foot and ankle, and spine. The fifth year is spent refining their surgical skills at our core hospitals in Philadelphia and are responsible for education the junior residents.

Dr. McPhilemy has served in leadership roles for over 30 years within the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery program.

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John J. McPhilemy, D.O., FAOAO

Rothman Orthopaedics

Program Chairman: PCOM Orthopedics ('90 - present)

Professor of Orthopedics: PCOM Department of Surgery

Medical Director - Philadelphia 76ers - 1989-2013

Past President, AOAO, 1998-99

Past President, Phildelphia Orthopedic Society (2011-2012)


  • B.S., St. Joseph's University, 1969
  • D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1978
  • Residency: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1978-83, Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Director for 

Philadephia 76ers (1989 - 2013)


Joseph Rosenblatt, D.O., FAOAO

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Associate Residency Program Director (2015-present)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics


  • B.S., Rutgers University, 2001
  • D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2005
  • Residency: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2005-2010
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopedics - Shriners Hospital for Children/St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA, 2011