Elective Rotations
Graduate Medical Education at PCOM

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.

Rotations Offered

General Surgery

Audition rotation for the residency program and elective rotation.


Learn to care for frail, elderly patients in various settings.

Internal Medicine or ICU

ICU only for 4th-year PCOM students.


Conducted through Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ.


Applicants must complete an online application and submit the required documents in order to apply.


Offers student elective rotations and audition rotations at various affiliated sites across Philadelphia.

Orthopedic Surgery

Applications for audition and elective rotations are being accepted on a rolling basis.


Affiliation agreement required for non-PCOM students.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Elective rotation offered.

How to Apply

Each 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 the appropriate completed application with the required documents. Each required document must be submitted in a separate labeled attachment. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Applications will be accepted on the first business day of January each academic year. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. 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.