Residency Positions: 32
Major cases: more than 7000 surgeries and 4,800 admissions per year
For detailed information, visit the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency
The four-year orthopedic residency program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine is designed to give residents the basic fundamentals of orthopedic and fracture
diagnosis and treatment necessary to practice orthopedic surgery. The program includes
all the required components to satisfy the American Osteopathic Association and the
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. Upon completion of the program, residents
will be board-eligible.
"The outstanding feature of this residency is its breadth," says Maxwell Stepanuk,
DO, program director of the residency. "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.
"The faculty and residents together are involved in hands-on training every day,"
says Dr. Stepanuk. "We make rounds and scrub cases with the residents, and they participate
in operative procedures based on their degree of experience.
"Gradually, residents advance at their own pace to the point where they are fully
responsible for the care and surgical treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries,
under direct faculty supervision. The orthopedic surgery clinic further increases
residents' responsibilities and further enhances surgical experience and patient care."
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 year, residents are eligible for out-rotations in hand surgery and pediatric
orthopedics. The fourth year is spent refining their surgical skills at our affiliated
The orthopedic surgery residency faculty includes the Philadelphia 76ers' team physician
John J. McPhilemy Jr., DO, and The Philadelphia Ballet physician Nicholas D. Nubile
Maxwell Stepanuk, Jr., DO
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Associate Professor, Surgery
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Staff Orthopedic Surgeon,
Elkins Park Hospital
BA, Temple University, 1966
Graduate studies, Biology, Villanova University, 1966-67
DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1971
Internship: Oakland General, Madison Heights, Mich., 1971-72
Residency: Oakland General, Madison Heights, Mich., 1972-76, Orthopedic Surgery
Board certified, Orthopedic Surgery
Fellow, AM Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
Mead Johnson Grant, "Arthrography of the Ankle Joint in the Diagnosis of Acute Ankle
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Award for Scientific Literary Achievement,
"High Pressure Injection Injuries to the Hand," Third Place, 1976
General Orthopedics at:
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Elkins Park Hospital
Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Mercy Suburban Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital
Tenet St. Christorpher's Hospital for Children
Sports Medicine and Total Joint Replacement at:
Pediatric Orthopedics at:
(2015-2016 Academic Year)
PGY 2 residents: $50,500
- PGY 3 residents: $52,500
PGY 3 residents: $53,500
PGY 4 residents: $54,500
PGY 5 residents: $55,500
Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and
dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
Professional liability and disability insurance.
$200 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books.
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.
Residents are required to attend a weekly 6 hour didactic session including basic
science lectures, textbook reviews, guest lectures and fracture conferences. There
is also a monthly journal club lead by a faculty member. Residents are required to
teach medical students, interns and externs. Each year they must complete at least
one scientific paper suitable for publication. In addition, residents are encouraged
to complete a research project during their residency and to attend an annual and
mid-year American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics course.
Residents 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.