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Student Elective Rotation

When you select Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a clinical rotation site, you become an integral part of a patient care team. Externs at PCOM are provided with hands-on care in a challenging academic environment, working closely with interns, residents and clinical faculty.
Each month, 100 externs rotate through PCOM's 25 specialty services, available through the College's two affiliated teaching hospitals - a consortium of over 500 beds. Providing clinical training through such a hospital consortium guarantees a diverse patient mix, ensuring students varied and abundant patient care experiences.
Providing quality medical education is at the core of PCOM's rich tradition. Our clinical faculty is committed to providing comprehensive training to third- and fourth-year medical students. Faculty at each hospital conduct a formal series of daily lectures and regular teaching rounds on each service and help students to develop individual patient care styles.
Through their clinical experience, externs have the opportunity to develop skills in bedside differential diagnosis and invasive and non-invasive procedures. Doing clinical rotations at PCOM will also provide students with the opportunity to evaluate the College's graduate medical education program for future internship, residency and fellowship work.
Choosing PCOM may be the easiest decision you make as a physician.

  • PCOM's externs rotate through two teaching hospitals located within five or six miles of each other in the city of Philadelphia. This consortium of more than 500 beds offers unparalleled opportunity, as well as a diverse patient population for the training of medical students. The hospitals are:
    • Tenet - Roxborough Hospital: IM, FP ,GS, EM
    • Chestnut Hill Hospital: IM, FP, and Critical Care
  • Meals-on-call
  • PCOM does not provide living quarters for students.
Note: The Department of Medical Education can provide a list of possible housing opportunities upon request.

Educational Resources

Externs have access to PCOM's robust Digital Library.

Clinical Rotations Available

PCOM coordinates four to six week rotations in the following services through the hospital consortium. Longer and shorter rotations may be arranged individually through the Director of Medical Education. Students may choose to rotate through individual hospitals as coordinated by PCOM's GME office.
  • Cardiology (PCOM Students only)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Primary Care (Urban & Rural)
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Urology
To apply for a student clinical rotation, submit a completed application [specifying your request for rotation(s)] along with written approval from your medical school and verification of malpractice/liability coverage to:
Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131
Click on the link below to view a printable PDF version of the Application for Rotation. Print the PDF file and follow the instructions on the Application to submit the form to PCOM. In order to view this application, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get Adobe Acrobat Reader
For information on PCOM's internship, residency and fellowship programs, call toll-free:
(800) PST-GRAD (800-778-4723) between 8:00a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email your name and address to GME@pcom.edu
Last Updated: 1/20/15