Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) - Philadelphia Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
DO 100 Cellular and Biochemical Foundations of Medicine 6
DO 101 Infection and Immunity 6
DO 113A Medical Humanities I 0.5
DO 129A Wellness I 0.5
DO 139A Osteopathic Principles and Practice I 2.5
DO 140A Primary Care Skills I 1.5
DO 144A Clinical Reasoning in Basic Science I 1
INDP 100A Inter Professional Education 0.5
Term 2
DO 102 Foundations of the Musculoskeletal System and Skin 3
DO 103 Foundational Physiology 1.5
DO 104 Foundations of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine 3.5
DO 105 Foundations of Renal, Endocrine, and Gastrointestinal Medicine 3.5
DO 106 Foundations of Research 1
DO 113B Medical Humanities II 0.5
DO 129B Wellness II 0.5
DO 139B Osteopathic Principles and Practice II 2
DO 140B Primary Care Skills II 1
DO 144B Clinical Reasoning in Basic Science I 1
INDP 100B Inter Professional Education 0.5
Term 3
DO 107 Foundations of Reproductive and Genitourinary Medicine 2
DO 108 HEENT and Neuroscience 4
DO 109 Introduction to Human Disease and Therapeutics 5.5
DO 113C Medical Humanities III 0.5
DO 129C Wellness III 0.5
DO 139C Osteopathic Principles and Practice III 2
DO 140C Primary Care Skills III 0.5
DO 144C Clinical Reasoning in Basic Science I 1
INDP 100C Inter Professional Education 0.5
 Total Hours53

All first year courses must be completed prior to beginning the second year courses. 

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Term 1Hours
DO 240A Primary Care Skills IV 1
DO 239A Osteopathic Principles and Practice II 2
INDP 200A Interprofessional Education 0.5
DO 146A Comprehensive Basic Science Review and Synthesis 1
DO 238A Preventive and Community Based Medicine I 1
DO 237 Foundations of Pulmonary Medicine 4
DO 212 Gastroenterological Sciences 3.5
DO 221 Clinical Endocrinology 2.5
Term 2
DO 239B Osteopathic Principles and Practice V 1.5
DO 240B Primary Care Skills V 1
DO 146B Comprehensive Basic Science Review and Synthesis 1
DO 238B Preventive and Community Based Medicine II 1
DO 224 Musculoskeletal Skin 3.5
DO 222 Clinical and Basic Neuroscience 7
INDP 200B Interprofessional Education 0.5
Term 3
DO 239C Osteopathic Principles and Practice VI 0.5
DO 240C Primary Care Skills VI 2
DO 238C Preventive and Community Based Medicine III 1
DO 146C Comprehensive Basic Science Review and Synthesis 1
DO 235 Emergency Medicine 1
DO 251 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 5
DO 145 Clinical Reason in Basic Science II 1
DO 213 Reproductive Genitourinary and Obstetrics, Gynecologic Medicine 7
INDP 200C Interprofessional Education 0.5
 Total Hours50

Third and Fourth Year Clinical Clerkship Curriculum

Third Year (12 Months)
DO 309Introduction to Clerkship17
DO 310Family Medicine Rotation17
DO 312OMM Family Medicine8.5
DO 313General Internal Medicine Rotaton17
DO 314Clinical Cardiology Rotation17
DO 315OB and GYN Clinical Rotation17
DO 316Pediatric Rotation17
DO 317Psychiatry Rotation17
DO 319General Surgery Rotation17
DO 320Surgery Rotation17
DO 321IM Subspecialty17
DO 322Advanced Clinical Skills Radiology8.5
DO 394Elective Rotation17
Winter Break
Fourth Year (12 Months)
DO 392Elective Clerkship (8)136
DO 412Ambulatory Sub I Rotation17
DO 413Ambulatory Sub II Rotation17
DO 415Emergency Medicine Rotation8.5 -17
DO 99917

Each 17 credit rotation requires 240 contact hours

Other than in electives, fourth year rotations contain a component of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

The Basic Sciences and Pre-Clinical Years

 PCOM students begin preparation for the study and practice of osteopathic medicine from their first day as medical students. Thus, the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine are taught throughout the medical curriculum.

The first year of the curriculum focuses on the foundational basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and immunology. Students are also provided with an introduction to general pathologic concepts, pharmacological intervention, and medical microbiology. The curriculum combines basic science and clinical course content in integrated systems-based courses in the second year.

PCOM also recognizes that medical practice is more than science. Coursework in ethics, medical humanities and physician and community wellness help students develop the core competencies necessary for modern medical practice. All students attend small-group, active learning sessions during the first and second year to develop communication and diagnostic skills. These special instructional activities include patient observation, case conferences and basic clinical skills workshops. In addition, an active standardized patient and robotic simulation program introduces students to patient care through examinations of patient actors in a simulated practice setting, augmented by clinical exercises on high-tech human patient simulator manikins.


The last two years emphasize clinical training experiences. Philadelphia Campus students are assigned to clinical clerkships throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. This unique training network comprises affiliated hospitals, four Healthcare Centers, numerous outpatient units, and scores of physicians’ offices. These clinical settings become teaching arms of the College; in effect, our partners are our campus. Students at PCOM Georgia are assigned to clinical clerkships throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

The program is designed to afford progressive student responsibility in all phases of patient care under the direction of experienced physicians and health care providers. This includes history taking, physical examinations, daily patient rounds, lectures, conferences, case presentations, and online blended learning for all core rotations.

Students rotate through services in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Underserved Primary Care. On elective clerkships, students may choose to pursue special interests at other medical institutions anywhere across the nation. 

Non-Credit Advanced Cardiac Life Support – Third Year Medical

American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course; offered during the Introduction to Clerkship (I2C) rotation. Students are awarded the AHA ACLS course card, valid for two years, upon successful completion. 



DO/PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Philadelphia Campus)

The Joint DO/PhD Program is a collaborative initiative between the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia(USci).

The purpose of the program is to provide a joint degree offering for students who wish to pursue physician-scientist careers, and the program is designed for students with specialized career plans. The research-intensive program provides three full years of research fellowship training in addition to the four year osteopathic medical program. The three year research component culminates in a research project and dissertation defense.

A stipend and support for supplies/equipment are awarded in the research years.

The DO/PhD Program is designed to train physician-scientists who will contribute to the fund of knowledge by conducting original, high-quality scientific research with the perspective of a clinical practitioner. The program represents a critical link between bench and bedside by combining medical training with research training and will produce clinical scholar-practitioners who can make ongoing contributions to the osteopathic clinical, scientific and academic community.

Students are accepted into the program as part of their original application to osteopathic medical school through a special admissions process; hence acceptance to the DO and PhD components occurs simultaneously, with USci approving the acceptance into the PhD program. Non-acceptance to the joint DO/PhD Program does not preclude a student from being accepted to the DO program only, through the normal PCOM admissions process.

PCOM awards the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree after successful completion of the DO Program. USci awards the Doctor of Philosophy degree upon successful completion of all requirements for the PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, including dissertation defense and submission of a final manuscript for publication. For information regarding admission:

DO/MBA Program (Philadelphia Campus)

In conjunction with Saint Joseph’s University, a master of business administration degree in health and medical services may be earned by DO program students who concurrently complete a five year course of study for the DO and MBA degrees. Created in 1989 as the nation’s first DO/MBA degree, the curriculum requires approximately 39-45 hours of MBA coursework. The MBA program is completed during a one-year leave from medical study, following the third year of medical school. This program responds to the increasing need for business acumen in medical practice. It also prepares physicians for a wide range of emerging careers in medical administration.

Students who are interested in business administration but do not wish to enroll in the full MBA program may complete a 5-course Graduate Business Certificate during the fourth year of medical school. The Saint Joseph’s University MBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB). Approval for admissions into the dual degree DO/MBA or graduate Business Certificate Program must be received by PCOM’s Director of Dual Degree Programs & Biomedical Science Specialty Concentrations in the School of Health Sciences and SJU admissions team.

DO/MPH Program (Philadelphia Campus)

Students may choose to enroll in a DO/MPH program in affiliation with Jefferson School of Population Health, which provides a 36-credit program that includes core public health disciplines in behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health services and health policy. The Jefferson DO/MPH program is a five year program. The MPH is completed during a one-year leave from medical study following the third year of medical school. Approval for admissions into the dual degree DO/MPH program must be reviewed by PCOM’s Director of Dual Degree Programs & Biomedical Science Specialty Concentrations in the School of Health Sciences and Thomas Jefferson University admissions team.

Students may also enter a special joint degree program in affiliation with Temple University, leading to a master of public health degree. The DO/MPH program is a five year program.  The MPH program is completed during a one year leave from medical study following the third year of medical school. Approval for admissions into the dual degree DO/MPH program at Temple University must be reviewed by PCOM’s Director of Dual Degree Programs & Biomedical Science Specialty Concentrations in the School of Health Sciences and Temple University admissions team.

DO/MS/PhD in Health Policy Program (Philadelphia Campus)

Conducted in association with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the DO/MS/PhD program in health policy studies allows PCOM students to augment their medical education with health policy studies leading to the master of science, with an option to progress to a research-based doctoral program. The program prepares students for positions of local or national leadership in health policy making and analysis through the study of research methods, epidemiology, economics, technology, statistics, law and public health policy. Graduates are trained to research and analyze issues affecting health care delivery and health status in a range of professional settings.

The DO/MS/PhD program is a dual-degree track open to qualified first year DO students. Students interested in a non-research health policy program may opt for the MPH in health policy.

On-Campus Dual-Degree Programs and Undergraduate Medical Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (Philadelphia and PCOM Georgia)

The undergraduate OMM Fellowship seeks to assist in the development of the student into a highly skilled clinician in all aspects of osteopathic medicine. Students may enter the undergraduate fellowship after their second year of study. The fellowship extends the clinical clerkship curriculum to three years. At least 12 months of clinical training is provided in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in this special program. Fellows have special academic, clinical and research responsibilities beyond those of other students. Fellows receive remission of tuition, a monthly stipend and travel allowance.

DO/MS in Forensic Medicine (Philadelphia and PCOM Georgia)

Students who have successfully completed their first year of medical study at PCOM may enter a special dual degree program provided by PCOM’s Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine. Students complete forensic medicine graduate work through Philadelphia campus weekend courses and online instruction during an extended sophomore medical year; the DO and MS program is five years in length. The program provides a core foundation in the theory, principles, ethics, professional practice and legal aspects of forensic medicine. Students acquire skills in the technical aspects of death scene investigation, identifying, preserving and protecting custody of forensic evidence, differentiating accidental and intentional injuries in both living and dead persons, and determining potential forensic value of written and photographic records. The program also provides skills in the interpretation of research in forensics and skills in utilizing information technology to access information in the forensic sciences.

DO/MS in Organizational Development and Leadership (Philadelphia Campus)

Students who have successfully completed their first year of medical study at PCOM may enter a special dual degree program provided by PCOM’s Department of Psychology, leading to a master of science in Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in five years. Students complete graduate work through on-campus evening class sessions during an extended sophomore medical year. The program is designed to incorporate psychological theory and research in teaching the basic skills and techniques of organizational leadership. The mission of the ODL program is to prepare leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change by teaching the competencies and skill sets for improving organizational performance and realizing human potential. A key training focus of the program is the development of program evaluation methods and the creation and use of performance-based outcome measures.

PCOM Georgia students may undertake Organizational Development and Leadership training on-campus through a graduate certificate program.

The cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) model is emphasized, and students are provided the unique opportunity to practice CBT techniques and conceptualization with videotaped, standardized mock patients.

Post-Doctoral Medical Education - Philadelphia Campus

The education of a physician is not complete upon the attainment of a medical degree; it is a continual process. PCOM offers post-doctoral courses and residency programs to further the education of recent graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine and to maintain the knowledge and skills of practicing osteopathic physicians.

Admission to Postgraduate Training

Enrollment in the internship and residency programs at PCOM is highly competitive in order for the most qualified applicants to receive the highest-quality training. All programs participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program (the “Match”).

The minimum requirements for admission to the Traditional Rotating Internship Program are:

  • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association.
  • A record of scholastic achievement indicative of the ability to benefit fully from a year of AOA-approved internship training.

The minimum requirements for admission to a residency in one of the various specialties are:

  • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association. Completion of an AOA-approved PGY-1 year.
  • A record of scholastic and clinical achievement indicative of the ability to benefit fully from the residency training program.

All application requests for internship should be made through ERAS and residency applications should be addressed to:

Office of Graduate Medical Education
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4190 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-871-6690 or
215-871-6695 (fax)

Internships and Residencies

PCOM is continuously expanding internship and residency opportunities to serve the postgraduate educational needs of graduates of PCOM and other osteopathic medical colleges. Through affiliations with Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital and many others, approximately 130 PCOM interns and residents are currently in GME training at PCOM.

PCOM also sponsors AOA-approved internship and residency programs at numerous PCOM MEDNet (OPTI) affiliated hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware, and PCOM also continues to establish programs in Georgia and Alabama, which include:

  • Abington Memorial Hospital1
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center1
  • Aria Health1
  • AtlantiCare1
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital1
  • Cahaba Medical1
  • Christiana Care Health Services1
  • Colquitt Regional Medical Center1
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center1
  • Deborah Heart and Lung Center1
  • Delaware County Memorial Hospital/Crozer Keystone Health System1
  • Geisinger Health System1
  • Good Samaritan Hospital1
  • Gwinnett Medical Center1
  • Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center1
  • Heritage Valley Beaver1
  • Houston Health Care1
  • Hunterdon Medical Center1
  • Lankenau Hospital1
  • Latrobe Area Hospital and Health Network1
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network1
  • Lower Bucks Hospital*
  • Memorial Hospital, York1
  • Mercy Catholic Medical Center1
  • Suburban Community Hospital1
  • PCOM Consortium1
  • Pennsylvania Hospital1
  • Pinnacle Health at Community General Osteopathic Hospital1
  • Redmond Regional Medical Center1
  • The Reading Hospital and Medical Center1
  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center1
  • St. Joseph Medical Center (Reading)1
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network1
  • Tenet Hahnemann University Hospital1
  • Trinity Medical Center1
  • UHS
  • Wilson Medical Center1
  • UPMC Altoona Hospital1
  • UPMC McKeesport Hospital1
  • UPMC Mercy Hospital1
  • UPMC Shadyside Hospital1
  • UPMC St. Margaret Hospital1
  • Warren Hospital1
  • Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center1
  • Wright Center for GME1

The residency programs of PCOM are held to a high standard of clinical excellence, with a commitment to teaching and active encouragement of resident research. An opportunity for completion of a clinical master of science degree as part of the residency program is also available. The College currently offers approved residency training in a wide array of clinical specialties including neuromusculoskeletal medicine, as listed below.

Residency Programs of PCOM

  • Peter Bidey, DO, Internship Director
  • Family Medicine – Approved Positions: 16 David Kuo, DO, Program Director
  • General Surgery – Approved Positions: 35 Arthur Sesso, DO, Program Director
  • Geriatrics – Approved Positions: 6 Nicol Joseph, DO, Program Director
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine – Approved Positions: 3 Katherine Galluzzi, DO, Program Director
  • Internal Medicine – Approved Positions: 30 Michael Venditto, DO, Program Director
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM+1) – Approved Positions: 4 Lauren Noto-Bell, DO, Program Director
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM/OMT) – Approved Positions: 3 Lauren Noto-Bell, DO, Program Director
  • Neurosurgery – Approved Positions: 12 Steven Yocom, DO, Program Director
  • Ophthalmology – Approved Positions: 7 Kenneth Heist, DO, Program Director
  • Orthopedic Surgery – Approved Positions: 30 John McPhilemy, DO, Program Director
  • Otorhinolaryngology – Approved Positions: 15 John McGrath, DO, Program Director
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Approved Positions: 8 Benjamin Lam, DO, Program Director
  • Reproductive Endocrinology – Approved Positions: 3 Jung K. Choe, MD, Program Director
  • Vascular Surgery – Approved Positions: 3 Gregory Domer, MD, Program Director

 DO Graduate Statistics

PCOM reports annually statistics related to Part III NBOME board exam results and the number of students who applied to and obtained placement in a graduate medical education program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the military. These statistics may be found on the PCOM web site at:

Continuing Medical Education

In order to maintain and expand the knowledge and skills of practicing osteopathic physicians and other health professionals, PCOM offers continuing medical education (CME) programs throughout the academic year. The College follows the guidelines of the AOA Committee on Continuing Medical Education and related criteria. Most of the programs are designed to qualify for AOA Category 1A CME credits.

The College offers programs in a wide variety of clinical subjects, osteopathic therapeutics, medical office management and other topics of importance to the practicing physician. The program includes short weekend seminars, extended programs and special intensive workshops. All CME programs are organized under the auspices of the Departments for Professional Development & Online Learning (PDOL) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) and are intended for physicians and other health professionals. To view the CE/CME Online Learning Center, use the below links:    

For the CME course calendar, program information and fee/tuition schedules, inquiries should be addressed to:
Alexandra Bones
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Philadelphia
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Esther Hewlett-Crewes, Department of CME
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

The updated CME calendar is also available on PCOM’s Website at Click on “Continuing Medical Education"