Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
LECOM Health-Millcreek Community Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Steven F. Habusta, D.O., FAOAO, M.Ed.
Telephone: (814) 868-8217
The Orthopaedic Residency program of LECOM Health is a five year educational experience that provides quality orthopaedic surgical instruction and training in general orthopaedics and prepares the trainee for potential fellowship training or general orthopaedic practice. The goal of the program is to train competent orthopaedic surgeons who can meet ACGME, AOAO, and ABOS requirements.
Program Overview and Curriculum:
The Orthopaedic Residency program of LECOM Health has affiliations with Allegheny Health Network, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Meadville Medical Center. The program assures exposure to general orthopaedics, as well as all orthopaedic subspecialty venues. The faculty includes board certified osteopathic and allopathic physicians, as well as PhD members.
Rotation Sites Include:
- LECOM Health Millcreek Community Hospital (Erie, PA) under the supervision of Steven Habusta, DO
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH) under the supervision of Charles Mehlman, DO
- AHN Saint Vincent Hospital (Erie, PA) under the supervision of Robert Lupo, MD
- AHN Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA) under the supervision of Daniel Altman, MD
- AHN Forbes Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA) under the supervision of Gregory Purnell, MD
- Meadville Medical Center (Meadville, PA) under the supervision of David Carl, DO
Housing and internet access is provided to the residents at each rotation site outside of Erie.
In addition to General Orthopaedics, residents receive training in the following specialty areas:
- Orthopaedic Trauma at a Level 1 and a Level 2 Trauma Center
- Sports Medicine
- Orthopaedic Spine
- Hand and Upper Extremity
- Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement with Robotic Assisted Surgery
- Pediatric Orthopaedics
Responsibility for care and management of orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic faculty.
During the 5 year training period, the residents will complete a Masters Degree in Medical Education, Health Services Administration, Biomedical Ethics, or Public Health.
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 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Pathology.
Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic journals. All residents participate in the Ortho-Bullets and AAOS ResStudy online programs. 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.
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 orthopaedic resident training.
Resident Salaries and Benefits:
PGY 1: $47,940
PGY 2: $48,960
PGY 3: $49,980
PGY 4: $51,000
PGY 5: $52,020
Residents receive twenty days of paid leave and three days for illness each training year. (This includes five days for CME)
Residents receive $1,800.00 for continuing medical education which can be used to participate in extramural education seminars or the purchase of books, subscriptions or other scholarly materials. Residents take the ACLS Certification course at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost.
Free Membership to the LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center.
Incoming Residents are granted up to a $1,000 relocation allowance to facilitate the move to Erie, PA. There is a wide range of rentals or home options in both urban and rural settings. Hospital subsidized housing is also available. The Millcreek Community Hospital staff will be happy to assist you in finding accommodations to suit you.
Residents receive malpractice, medical, dental and life insurance at no cost. The malpractice insurance provides coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical insurance for the Resident and his family is provided. A pharmaceutical plan allows prescriptions to be filled by the LECOM Outpatient Pharmacy at a reduced rate. Life insurance is equal to one year’s salary.
Residents receive all meals while on-duty and while on-call at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost. Their families are welcome to join them while on-call and receive the employee discount on all meals.
Millcreek Community Hospital has a well-equipped medical library where residents may obtain computerized literature searches and copies of articles at no charge. The MCH Medical Library has an active interlibrary loan program with LECOM, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residents also have access to the library at The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Participation in any of the Masters Degree programs offered through LECOM, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a requirement of our Training Programs. Residents are able to choose from a Masters Degree in Medical Education, Health Services Administration, Biomedical Ethics, or Public Health. The Masters of Science Degree in Medical Education is tuition free for our trainees. The Masters Degree in Health Services Administration, Masters of Science Degree in Biomedical Ethics, or the Masters Degree in Public Health are available to residents at a reduced tuition rate. Residents may be eligible for student loan deferment while enrolled in these programs. For more information on the programs, please click here.
Residents are provided with three lab coats each year at no charge.
For questions or more information, contact:
LECOM Health – Millcreek Community Hospital
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
Steven F. Habusta, D.O., FAOAO, M.Ed
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director
Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, color, or disability, which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.