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Weekly Academic Conference

A mandatory academic conference is held every Thursday afternoon in Evans Hall Room 334A/B. 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. All residents, with very few exceptions, are required to attend. Students are encouraged to attend as well. Lunch is provided.


Journal Club

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.


Philadelphia Orthopedic Society

All residents are required to attend a monthly city-wide orthopedic dinner meeting and lecture which brings together all orthopedic residency programs and attendings from the Philadelphia area (Univ of Penn, Jefferson, Einstein, 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.



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.


Cadaver Lab

Every winter and spring, residents have the unique opportunity to perform anatomic dissection and operative exposures on a cadaver in the PCOM  anatomy lab and various other cadaver labs in the Philadelphia area. The cadaver lab can be utilized for other educational and demonstrative purposes throughout the year.


Arthroscopy Simulator

PCOM Orthopedics has 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.


Social Activities

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.


Additional Benefits

Residents are provided an annual $255 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 junior residents to complete ATLS training is also offered.

Disability, liability, medical and dental insurance are provided as a PCOM employee. 

Grand Rounds Speakers

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