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Orthopedic Surgery

Residency Positions: 32
Major cases: more than 7000 surgeries and 4,800 admissions per year
For detailed information, visit the PCOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency site.
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 hospitals.
The orthopedic surgery residency faculty includes the Philadelphia 76ers' team physician John J. McPhilemy Jr., DO, and The Philadelphia Ballet physician Nicholas D. Nubile M.D.
Maxwell Stepanuk, Jr., DO
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Associate Professor, Surgery
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Staff Orthopedic Surgeon,
Elkins Park Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery


  • 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 Sprains," 1977
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Award for Scientific Literary Achievement, "High Pressure Injection Injuries to the Hand," Third Place, 1976


Orthopedic Surgery

General Orthopedics at:

  • Cooper Hospital
  • Delaware County Memorial Hospital
  • Elkins Park Hospital
  • Frankord Hospitals
  • Lankenau Hospital
  • Mercy Catholic Medical Center
  • Mercy Suburban Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital
  • Tenet St. Christorpher's Hospital for Children

Sports Medicine and Total Joint Replacement at:  

  •  Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Trauma at:

  • Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center

Pediatric Orthopedics at:

  • Shriner's Hospital
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


          (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.

Educational Resources

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.

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Last Updated: 9/15/15