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Internship Programs

Intern positions: 7
PCOM's interns rotate through two affiliated teaching hospitals located within five or six miles of each other in the city of Philadelphia. This consortium of more than 1,000 beds offers unparalleled opportunity, as well as a diverse patient population for the training of medical school graduates. The hospitals and rotations for the traditional internship program include:
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital: IM, FP ,GS, EM
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital: IM, Critical Care, ER
Blue Cross and Blue Shield or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for interns and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.
  • $200 per year - medical education stipend.
  • $500 moving allowance for interns from out-of-state schools.
  • Salary (2014-2015 Academic year) - $49,500
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for interns.
Interns rotate through Roxborough Memorial Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital, depending on their particular rotations.  The standard curriculum includes:
  • General Internal Medicine/ Specialty Medicine 6 - 7 months
  • Critical Care Units, 1 month (2 months for IM Trackers)
  • Surgery: General 1 month (optional)
  • Family Practice: One month
  • OB/GYN: One month, including inpatient and outpatient (optional).
  • Pediatrics: One month, including newborn and outpatient (optional).
  • Elective: One month of pure elective; can be taken outside the system.
  • ER: One month.
In conjunction with this clinical experience, the internship program also offers a strong academic component. It includes daily morning reports, teaching rounds with attending physicians and a noon lecture series which includes Tumor Board, as well as a guest lecture series featuring outside speakers. Interns are welcome at special lectures given for PCOM's large residency program. (See sample lecture program.)
The mission of the Internship and Residency Programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is to train and develop qualified physicians to practice as competent, caring physicians in the ambulatory, hospital, and extended care settings. Download the 2015-2016 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduate Medical Education Office Policy and Procedure Manual for Postgraduate Medical Education [PDF] for details about our program.
Interns also have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsylvania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities.
The intern's year is structured to provide maximum exposure to the fields of medicine and surgery as well as training in pediatrics, emergency medicine and OB/GYN. The rotating internship offers flexibility for intern tracks and emphasis programs, and is supported by significant depth in all residency fields, with a total of 120 residents.
"When interns select PCOM for their rotating internship, they can be sure of obtaining an excellent patient care experience," says David Kuo, DO, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. "PCOM's internship is very hands-on. Interns can expect to be an integral part of a health care team and the decision-making process.
"The internship program includes patient care responsibility, bedside teaching and academics - all in a supervised teaching environment. Our five affiliated teaching hospital sites further enhance our program by providing interns with exposure to a diverse patient population and pathology.
"A dedicated faculty committed to teaching brings the program together. When interns complete our program they will have received a well-rounded educational experience. They graduate from the program as capable, confident physicians well prepared to be successful first-year residents."
PCOM offers the traditional rotating internship, and, for those clear on their career choice, seven internship specialty tracks - Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, ENT, OB/Gyn, Orthopedics and General Surgery.
All applicants must apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service for Applicants).
Last Updated: 9/4/15