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Thank you for your interest in the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. 

Students who complete an elective rotation with PCOM will be provided with graduated responsibility in a challenging academic environment, working closely with PCOM residents and clinical faculty. 


Non-Audition Season: January - May

 - Our non-audition season will start February 1, 2023 and end June 2, 2023. 

 - Currently, we are only able to accommodate PCOM medical students. 

 - Non-audition rotations will only be 2 weeks. 


Audition Season: July - December

* The audition season will begin on July 1st and end on December 31st of each academic year.

* We will start accepting applications for the upcoming audition season on May 1st.


Medical students

-For medical students interested in setting up audition rotations, the season will start on July 1st.

-When submitting your application, please give us two different time slots that will work with your schedule and we will do our best to accommodate. 



As far as what to expect while on your 4 week rotation, you will spend time at: 

 - Main Line Heath system ( Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital)

 - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

 - Abington Hospital (Jefferson Health)


Duties while on service will include rounding,  helping with day to day floor responsibilities, and of course, OR case coverage. You will also have the opportunity to spend time in the office, predominately with the program chairman, Dr. John McPhilemy, but also with some of our core faculty. Students will attend our education on Thursdays from 2p-6p (Evans Hall Room 334A). You may be expected to read basic X-rays as well as discuss classifications and treatment options in commonly seen injuries. If involved in cases, you should be expected to know the basic musculoskeletal anatomy. Rounding and case coverage on the weekends with the junior residents is optional, but encouraged.


Required documents to have when setting up an elective IN-PERSON AUDITION rotation:

Pre-Approval Required Documents:

Post-Approval Documents:

  • Copy of health insurance card (front and back)

  • Certificate of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million/$3 million, current at time of rotation)

  • Letter of good standing*

  • PA state criminal background check (within six months of the requested rotation dates)*

  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within six months of the requested rotation dates)*

    • We will only accept the fingerprinting certificate from the Department of Human Services, not the CJIS- Criminal Justice Information Services certificate from the Department of Justice.

    • If you are non-PA resident, once you click on the hyperlink of IdentGO, scroll down to the bottom of the website and click on "Pennsylvania Non-Resident Cardscan Instructions" for further instructions.

    • Please don't send in your actual fingerprint card, it will not be accepted.

    • Service code: 1KG738

  • PA child abuse clearance (within six months of the requested rotation dates)*

  • Immunization records or documentation of having immunity for the following infectious diseases: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria

    Proof of 2 Step PPD (tuberculosis) testing or QuantiFERON during the past three months*

    Flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*

  • Mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*

  • Copy of COVID vaccination card

  • Affiliation agreements are needed for Non-PCOM students, please check with your school to confirm that an agreement between PCOM and your school is in place in order to complete your audition or non-audition request.


VIRTUAL AUDITION Rotation Required Documents 

Pre-approval required documents

Post-approval required documents

  • Letter of good standing (LOGS)

  • Affiliation agreements are needed for non-PCOM students. Please check with your school to confirm that an agreement between PCOM and your school is in place in order to complete your audition or non-audition request.



Additional information regarding audition rotation for the residency program and elective rotation:

  • Due to COVID-19, hospital regulations are constantly changing. Rotation dates may need to be canceled or changed on short notice.

  • 4 students per month will be accepted for the upcoming audition/non-audition season.

  • 2 week or 4 week rotations are available.

  • Please note post approval required documents must be submitted six weeks prior to the start of your rotation date or risk the chance of forfeiting the rotation.

  • Audition rotation is highly recommended to be considered for an interview. However, completing an audition doesn’t guarantee an invite for interview.

  • Virtual interviews are TBD.

  • USMLE is accepted but not required.

Sites for students

  • Main Line Health System (Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital)

  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

  • Abington Memorial Hospital (PCOM students only)


To set up your rotation please email Residency Program Coordinator, Angelica Lopez, at

Application process

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service for Applicants (ERAS).

  •  Please note, PCOM does not participate in the orthopedic signaling process. 
Designated Osteopathic Residents

All PCOM residents/fellows will be Designated Osteopathic Residents. All must have sufficient background and/or instruction in osteopathic philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine to prepare them to engage in the program's curriculum.

The Eligibility Requirements must be met before an applicant is eligible to receive an invitation to interview.



All applicants for PCOM residency and fellowship programs must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Policies updated as of 8/1/2023.

Please note any of these requirements are subject to change as we are trying to accommodate as best as possible during this time.

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