Student Elective Rotations

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.

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.

Teaching Hospitals

Each month, 100 externs rotate through PCOM's 25 specialty services, available through the College's two affiliated teaching hospitals—Roxborough Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital. Providing clinical training through such a hospital consortium guarantees a diverse patient mix, ensuring students varied and abundant patient care experiences.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Roxborough Memorial Hospital, located at 5800 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, serves the healthcare needs of Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities. The hospital offers the following rotations:

  • Internal medicine, including medical sub-I
  • Family medicine
  • General surgery
  • Emergency medicine
Chestnut Hill Hospital

Community healthcare provider Chestnut Hill Hospital, located at 8835 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, has served the northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County area for more than 100 years. The hospital offers the following rotations:

  • Internal medicine, including medical sub-I
  • Critical care
  • Emergency medicine



  • Meals-on-call

Please note, PCOM does not provide living quarters for students. 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. Available rotations include:

  • Cardiology (PCOM Students only)
  • Emergency medicine
  • General internal medicine
  • Family medicine
  • General surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology and oncology
  • Intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Primary care (urban and rural)
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Radiology
  • Urology


Application Process

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


Department of Graduate Medical Education

Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue, Suite 409
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 1-800-778-4723