Orthopedic Residency

The Orthopedic Residency Program at Millcreek Community Hospital is a five year, well coordinated, multiple facility program that provides quality orthopedic surgical training in general orthopedic surgery as well as all sub specialties of orthopedic surgery.

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

For the post match scramble, all interested applicants should complete an on-line residency application. The application is located at Residency/Fellowship Application. If you should have any questions, please call (814) 868-8206.

Millcreek Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery-Residency Program

Habusta_SteveProgram Director:
Steven F. Habusta, D.O., FAOAO, M.Ed.
Telephone: (814) 452-6383
Email: shabusta@lecom.edu



The orthopedic residency program of LECOM Health is a five year educational experience that provides quality orthopedic surgical instruction and training in general orthopedics and prepares the trainee for potential fellowship training or general orthopedic practice. The goal of the program is to train competent orthopedic surgeons who can meet ACGME, AOAO, and ABOS requirements.

Program Description:
The Orthopedic residency program of LECOM Health is affiliated with Allegheny Health Network and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The program assures exposure to general orthopedics, as well as all orthopedic subspecialty venues. The core faculty includes board certified osteopathic and allopathic physicians and PhD members.

Resident rotations include:

  • LECOM Health Millcreek Community Hospital under the supervision of Steven Habusta, DO
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center under the supervision of Charles Mehlman, DO
  • AHN Saint Vincent Hospital (Erie) under the supervision of Robert Lupo, MD
  • AHN Forbes Hospital (Pittsburgh) under the supervision of Gregory Purnell, MD
  • AHN West Penn Hospital (Pittsburgh) under the direction of John Christoforetti, MD

Housing and internet access is provided to the residents at each rotation site outside of Erie.

During the 5 year training period, the residents will complete a Master’s Degree in Medical Education, Health Services Administration, or Biomedical Ethics. Residents do not pay tuition for the Masters in Medical Education. Tuition is discounted for residents interested in the MHSA and MSBE programs.

Residents will also be required to complete research projects during their training. They will begin exposure to evidence based research during their PGY1 year, and then they will be required to produce research suitable for publication during their PGY4 and PGY5 years. Residents will present their research to the faculty during LECOM Health Millcreek Community Hospital’s annual Orthopedic Research Day and residents will also create a poster presentation for the annual LECOM Research Day. Quality Improvement research is encouraged in addition to evidence based clinical medical research.

Residents will participate in a yearly in-service examination. They will also attend any AOAO or ACGME educational conferences required for graduation. This includes required courses in ACLS, PALS, ATLS, Board reviews, and Orthopedic Pathology.

Resident Salaries:
PGY 1: $47,940
PGY 2: $48,960
PGY 3: $49,980
PGY 4: $51,000
PGY 5: $52,020

Resident Resources:
Orthopedic residents have access to a dedicated cadaver as part of their surgical skills curriculum, which is mentored by fellowship trained joint reconstruction surgeon Philip Frndak, DO. They also have access to all of the LECOM library resources and 24/7 journal access to all major orthopedic journals. All residents participate in the Ortho-Bullets online program. The resources at Allegheny Health Network and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are available to residents during their rotations, including surgical skills centers and research labs. PhD faculty at LECOM can mentor research when needed. Statisticians and a research faculty are available for help with resident projects.

Didactic Lectures:
Dedicated time for didactics is scheduled each week at each institution the residents rotate at. In Erie (LECOM Health Millcreek Community Hospital and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital), residents attend daily early morning lectures and there is a dedicated block of 5 hours of academics on Thursday mornings. There are also morning lectures at both Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the AHN facilities in Pittsburgh. Grand Rounds at Allegheny General Hospital are attended by residents, whether by internet connection from Erie or direct attendance in Pittsburgh.
Dedicated research time and dedicated time for the required Master’s degree programs are built into the block schedule for orthopedic resident training.

Clinical Teaching:
Responsibility for care and management of orthopedic patients is determined by ACGME milestone achievement and assessment of resident skills by faculty mentors. Resident training includes experiences in providing patient care in different venues, such as making patient rounds, assisting in surgery, seeing Emergency Room patients, and assisting with consultations. Residents are also required to participate in patient care in clinical/office settings mentored by orthopedic core faculty.

For questions or more information, contact:
LECOM Health – Millcreek Community Hospital
Medical Education
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

Michalle Schodt
Medical Education Program Coordinator
(814) 868-8206

Steven F. Habusta, D.O., FAOAO, M.Ed
Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program Director

All interested applicants should complete an on-line residency application. The application is located at Residency/Fellowship Application.

Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, color, disability which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.