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Education

Program Overview

The Consortium’s Osteopathic internship is designed to be part of a three year Categorical Internal Medicine Program. After completing their osteopathic internship, DO residents will complete their final two years in our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Therefore we invite Osteopathic graduates interested in primary care and internal medicine to apply for this internship. Our osteopathic internship is designed to provide graduates of accredited osteopathic medical colleges with a broad range of inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences in the management of patients with a wide spectrum of health problems. This clinical experience is complemented by a range of formal and informal didactic experiences. Following successful completion of the internship, osteopathic physicians who meet the other requirements will be eligible for full licensure in Pennsylvania and may enter into the practice of medicine. Graduates of the internship will also be qualified to undertake further training in programs accredited by either the American Osteopathic Association or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

This is a “rotating internship” including rotations in internal medicine, family practice, emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology and elective rotations. In addition, certain components (such as osteopathic principles and practice, behavioral health, radiology, and anesthesiology) are incorporated across the curriculum in all areas of training. The AOA guidelines permit some flexibility in the specific rotations that may be used to fulfill certain requirements. To the extent possible, the Director of Medical Education will work with each intern to develop a rotation schedule that both fulfills all AOA requirements and supports the particular interests, career aspirations, and plans for further training of the interns.

Osteopathic interns can expect to have the same experience and opportunities during these assignments that are offered to allopathic physicians during their internship year. This includes a set of core, required rotations as well as a number of elective rotations. Like allopathic interns, osteopathic interns will take part in the innovative 4:1 curriculum, which consists of 10 inpatient rotations throughout the academic year, each four weeks in duration. Between each inpatient rotation is one week dedicated to outpatient medicine. This system provides the resident a robust outpatient experience by enhancing continuity in the clinic experience while minimizing the outpatient duties of residents when they are on inpatient rotations. Osteopathic interns will also participate in regularly scheduled osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) seminars with lectures and demonstrations. Additionally, osteopathic interns are also required to keep logs of their patients so that they can chronicle and track their clinical exposure. Osteopathic interns are required to complete these logs on a monthly basis, and the Department of Medicine will maintain them for the purpose of AOA compliance. 

Required Rotations Months

Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Night Float
Anesthesia/Radiology
Electives

 

2
1
1
3
1
1
3

3 weeks vacation (1 week must be scheduled during Anesthesia/Radiology or Elective months)


Electives

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Osteopathic Principles and OMT

Osteopathic principles and practice and behavioral health are incorporated across the curriculum in all areas of training.

Osteopathic interns will also participate in regularly scheduled osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) seminars with lectures and demonstrations. Additionally, osteopathic interns are also required to keep logs of their patients so that they can chronicle and track their clinical exposure. Osteopathic interns are required to complete these logs on a monthly basis, and the Department of Medicine will maintain them for the purpose of AOA compliance. 

Evaluations

Osteopathic interns are evaluated monthly by the supervising attending physicians and upper level residents on each rotation. The interns also provide evalutions of their rotations monthly. 

The evaluations are routinely reviewed by the education committee and the program director, who will meet with the interns quarterly to exchange feedback.

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