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Orthopaedic Surgery 
Student Elective Rotation

In-Person Audition Rotation Required Documents

Pre-approval required documents
Post-approval required documents
  • 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 (LOGS)
  • PA state criminal background check (within six months of the requested rotation dates)
  • PA FBI fingerprinting clearance (within six months of the requested rotation dates)
    • We will only accept the fingerprinting certificate from the Department of Human Services, not the CJIS- Criminal Justice Information Services certificate from the Department of Justice.
    • If you are non-PA resident, once you click on the hyperlink of IdentGO, scroll down to the bottom of the website and click on "Pennsylvania Non-Resident Cardscan Instructions" for further instructions.
    • Please don't send in your actual fingerprint card, it will not be accepted.
  • PA child abuse clearance (within six months of the requested rotation dates)
  • 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)
  • Affiliation agreements are needed for non-PCOM students. Please check with your school to confirm that an agreement between PCOM and your school is in place in order to complete your audition or non-audition request.

Virtual Audition Rotation Required Documents

Pre-approval required documents
Post-approval required documents
  • Letter of good standing (LOGS)

Audition Season

The audition season runs from June through December.*

* Due to COVID-19, our adjusted audition season will start on July 6, 2020, and end on January 29, 2021.

* As of August 24, 2020, our calendar is full for in-person rotation requests.

* As of November 10, 2020, we are no longer accepting applications for virtual auditions.

PCOM medical students

For PCOM medical students interested in setting up audition rotations, the season will start July 6, 2020.

Per the recommendation of the American Orthopedic Association / Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (AOA/CORD): Provide adequate exposure to orthopaedic surgery and advocate for at least 2 months of orthopaedic surgery for students at their home program. Therefore, when submitting your application, please give us two different time slots that will work with your schedule. You don't have to schedule back to back rotations.

Non-PCOM medical students

For non-PCOM medical students, the season will open tentatively on July 6, 2020, virtually.

In person auditions will be granted if: (1) learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school’s system; or (2) students who have a graduation or military requirement to complete such a rotation.

Note: If you fall within the exception category stated above and your medical school is allowing you to complete an in-person audition rotation, the in-person audition rotation will tentatively open in September 2020.

Non-Audition Season

  • January - May*

* Due to our adjusted audition season, non-audition season will start March 1, 2021 and end on May 28, 2021. However, at this time, we are only able to accommodate PCOM medical students. Non-audition will only be for two weeks.


  • Main Line Health System (Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital)

Additional Information

Additional information regarding audition rotation for the residency program and elective rotation:

  • Due to COVID-19, hospital regulations are constantly changing. Rotation dates may need to be canceled or changed on short notice.
  • 4 students per month for in person rotations and 2 persons per month for virtual rotations will be accepted for the upcoming audition/non-audition season.
  • 2 week or 4 week rotations are available.
  • Please note post approval required documents must be submitted six weeks prior to the start of your rotation date or risk the chance of forfeiting the rotation.
  • Audition rotation is highly recommended to be considered for an interview. However, completing an audition doesn’t guarantee an invite for an interview.
  • Interviews will be held on February 18 & 20, 2021.
  • Virtual interviews are TBD.
  • USMLE is acceptable but not required.
  • Please submit an evaluation to for completion and indicate where the completed evaluations should be returned.

Policies updated as of June 8, 2020.

Please note any of these requirements are subject to change as we are trying to accommodate as best as possible during this time.