Student Elective Rotations

When you select Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, you become an integral part of a patient care team.

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.

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.

Through their clinical experience, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in bedside differential diagnosis and patient care management under supervision. Completing an elective rotation with PCOM will also provide students with the opportunity to experience the college's graduate medical education programs while considering future residency and fellowship training.

Please select the specialty of interest to review the specific affiliate hospitals which support the requested clinical rotations and the required documents which should be submitted with your application. PCOM coordinates rotations in the following services:

Anesthesiology

Required documents
  • photo
  • copy of health insurance card (front and back)
  • certificate of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million/$3 million, current at time of requested rotation dates)
  • letter of good standing
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

 

Rotations offered
  • Elective rotation

Sites
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital

General Internal Medicine

Required documents
  • photo
  • copy of health insurance card (front and back)
  • certificate of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million/$3 million, current at time of requested rotation dates)
  • letter of good standing
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • July-September

Sites
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital
  • Chestnut Hill Memorial Hospital

*If you are a PCOM student, you are only required to submit the starred document.

General Surgery

Required documents
  • photo
  • CV
  • Boards score
  • Brief one-page essay stating the reason you are interested in the program
  • copy of health insurance card (front and back)
  • certificate of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million/$3 million, current at time of requested rotation dates)
  • letter of good standing
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates - this clearance may be obtaned in your state)
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • PA child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • March-November

Sites
  • Reading Hospital
  • Aria Health
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Geriatrics

Information
  • Students interested in completing a Geriatrics rotation must contact ​Stephenie Canlas at 215-871-6371.

Infectious Disease

Required documents
 
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • FBI fingerprinting clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective rotation

Sites
  • Infectious Disease Office
  • Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Kensington Hospital

Nephrology

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • PA child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective rotation

Sites
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital
  • Aria Health

Neurosurgery

Requirements
  • Students interested in completing a neurosurgery elective must apply through VSAS-Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 2906: Neurosurgery.

Applications
  • Applications are accepted in April of the catalog year and must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the rotation start date.

Ophthalmology

Required documents
  • photo
  • boards score
  • 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 two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • PA child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

ROTATION REQUEST FORM

 

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • June-December

Sites
  • Lankenau Medical Center

Orthopedic Surgery

Required documents
  • photo*
  • CV*
  • boards score*
  • transcript*
  • 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*
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates - this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)*
    https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • PA child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates)*
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • immunization records*
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)*

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • July-November

Sites
  • Aria Health
  • Delaware County Memorial Hospital
  • Lankenau Medical Center
  • Methodist Hospital

*If you are a PCOM student, you are only required to submit the starred documents.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Information
  • Students interested in completing an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine rotation must contact Mary Wilson at 215-871-6482.

Otolaryngology

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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 one year of the requested rotation dates)
    https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • PA child abuse clearance (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • immunization records
  • drug screen (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • April-October

Sites
  • Hahnemann University Hospital
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center-Philadelphia
  • Methodist Hospital

Pathology

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective Rotation

Sites
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Audition Rotation for the Residency Program and Elective Rotation

Audition season
  • Rolling application

Sites
  • St. Mary Medical Center
  • Barix Clinics of Pennsylvania

Pulmonary Medicine

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • child abuse clearance
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective Rotation

Sites
  • PCOM Clinic
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Radiology

Required documents
  • photo
  • 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
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • immunization records
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective Rotation

Sites
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Surgical Critical Care

Required documents
  • photo
  • CV
  • boards score
  • brief one-page essay stating the reason you are interested in the program
  • copy of health insurance (front and back)
  • certificate of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million/$3 million, current at time of rotation)
  • letter of good standing
  • state criminal background check (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • child abuse clearance (within two years of the requested rotation dates, this clearance may be obtained in your state)
  • PPD test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • flu shot verification (within one year of the requested rotation dates)
  • mask fit test results (within one year of the requested rotation dates)

Rotations offered
  • Elective Rotation

Sites
  • Reading Hospital

 

How to Apply

This elective application is for medical students enrolled in United States medical schools which have been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Eligible applicants must be applying for elective rotations during their third and fourth year of medical school.

To apply for an elective rotation, please submit your completed application with the required documents. Each required document must be submitted in a separate labelled attachment. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

​Applications will be accepted on the first business day of April each academic year.
 

Applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of the requested rotation dates to be considered for approval.

Students must apply for PCOM Student Electives with PCOM programs and teams via the application process as outlined. Students are not permitted to contact PCOM Program Student Elective sites or physicians directly and will not be approved to complete the requested rotation if the required application process is not followed.

Students accepted to complete a rotation will be responsible for their own housing, parking and meals.

Elective Application

CONTACT US

PCOM Office of Clinical Education
4170 City Avenue, Suite 205
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6580 | Email: studentelectives@pcom.edu