Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

Director: John McPhilemy, DO
Associate Director: Joseph Rosenblatt, DO
Positions: 32

The orthopedic residency program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is designed to train residents in the basic fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment for the orthopedic conditions and fracture care necessary to practice orthopedic surgery. The program includes all the components needed to satisfy the American Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics requirements for orthopedic surgery training. Upon completion of the program, residents are board-eligible.

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.

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 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 gain experience in general orthopedics and fracture management. In the third and fourth years, residents are eligible for out-rotations where they can audition for fellowships, specifically in affiliated hospitals in trauma, joints, sports, foot and ankle, and spine. The fifth year is spent refining their surgical skills at our affiliated hospitals and are responsible for education the junior residents.


Residents are required to attend a weekly six-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.

Participating Healthcare Sites

Cooper Hospital
(General Orthopedica and Trauma)
Camden, NJ
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
(General Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Total Joint Replacement)
Drexel Hill, PA
Elkins Park Hospital Elkins Park, PA
Frankford Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Lankenau Hospital Wynnewood, PA
Mercy Catholic Medical Center Philadelphia, PA
Mercy Suburban Hospital Norristown, PA
Methodist Hospital Philadelphia, PA
New England Baptist Hospital Roxbury Crossing, MA
Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Shriners Hospital
(General and Pediatric Orthopedics)
Philadelphia, PA
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
(General and Pediatric Orthopedics)
Philadelphia, PA

Useful Links

Application Process

Visit our How to Apply page for detailed information regarding the application process for the program.


Department of Graduate Medical Education

Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue, Suite 409
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 1-800-778-4723
Email: GME@pcom.edu