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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery at RowanSOM offers integrated learning and patient care in a variety of communities throughout Southern New Jersey including rural, suburban, and urban. Residents are exposed to a diverse rotation of specialty areas and are encouraged to attend additional conferences and presentations to suit their medical interests.


The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program divides its operative and clinical experiences between our parent hospital, Jefferson Health New Jersey, and additional health systems throughout Southern New Jersey: Cooper University Hospital, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Throughout the program, residents are exposed to multiple facets of orthopedic surgery. The rotations provide exposure to both the outpatient and operative treatment of the patient with musculoskeletal issues while offering residents clinical experience with both academic and community orthopedic surgeons.

Sample rotation schedules:


  • Orthopedics - 7 months
  • Emergency Medicine - 1 month
  • General Surgery - 1 month
  • Internal Medicine - 1 month
  • Critical Care Medicine - 2 months


  • General Orthopedics - 6 months
  • Adult Reconstruction - 4 months
  • Elective (Spine, Sports, Foot & Ankle, Hand/Shoulder/Elbow) - 2 months

PGY-3 - PGY-5

  • Trauma - 4 months
  • Pediatric Orthopedics - 3 months
  • Oncology - 2 months
  • Spine - 2 months
  • Foot & Ankle - 2 months
  • Sports - 2 months
  • Hand/Shoulder/Elbow - 2 months
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Residents complete the rest of the schedule based on their desired field of study

Conferences and Didactics

We offer countless opportunities to increase knowledge and improve skills throughout your residency. Conferences and didactics continue throughout the year and are always evolving. Residents play an active role, both in presentations and the education of medical students who rotate through the orthopedic service. A variety of orthopedic topics, as well as OITE in-service and Board Exam preparation, are covered during the weekly and monthly programs:
  • Monday Evening Conference - weekly
  • Friday Morning Conference - weekly
  • Grand Rounds - weekly
  • Journal Cubs - monthly

Topics offered throughout the year include, but are not limited to: Spinal Cord Injury and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury; Pediatric Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis; Paget's Disease; Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle; Peroneal & Other Tendon Injuries; Neuromuscular Disorders; and Ewing's Sarcoma.

RowanSOM OPTI of New Jersey

In addition to our residency partnerships, the school also oversees the RowanSOM OPTI of NJ. This alliance brings together world-class health systems across New Jersey to offer more than 40 residency, fellowship and internship programs at additional sites, making it the number one consortium for outstanding osteopathic graduate medical education programs in the state.