Millcreek Comminuty Hospital - Erie, PA
Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Millcreek Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery
Residency Program

Program Director:
Steven F. Habusta, D.O., FAOAO, M.Ed.
Telephone: (814) 868-7840

Program Description

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. Our Orthopedic faculty includes multiple sub-specialty trainers who together represent all of the subspecialties in Orthopedic Surgery. The program is based at Millcreek Community Hospital and is under the direction of Steven Habusta, D.O., Program Director. The program is affiliated with the Lake Erie Consortium for Osteopathic Medical Training (OPTI). The current faculty is comprised of twenty one D.O. physicians and twenty M.D. physicians.

Orthopedic Residents rotate at the following affiliated institutions which expose the residents to all orthopedic subspecialities:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Millcreek Community Hospital (Erie, PA)
  • Meadville Medical Center (Meadville, PA)
  • University Hospital (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • UPMC Horizon (Sharon, PA)
  • UPMC Northwest (Franklin, PA)
  • Arnot Health at St. Joseph's Hospital (Elmira, NY)
  • Jameson Health System (New Castle, PA)
  • Charleston Area Medical Center (Charleston, WV)
  • Saint Vincent Hospital (Erie, PA)

Housing is provided at out rotations.

The program requires orthopedic research to be completed each year of training. Residents are required to complete the LECOM Masters of Science Degree in Medical Education. This course of study is offered to them tuition free. It is the commitment of the institution to graduate residents who will be prepared to be future medical educators for the osteopathic profession.

The resources of LECOM are available to the residents. They include:

• Anatomy Lab with yearly cadavers for dissection

• Research Animal Lab

• Library Resources at LECOM

• I.T. Resources at LECOM

• Statistician for research design

The resident have direct patient care responsibilities and management of in-patients, out-patients, transition care patients, rehabilitation and long term care patients.

Residents assist in surgery and manage out-patient clinic patients under the supervision of an attending surgeon. Residents take ER call, manage acute injury and fracture injuries under the direction of an attending orthopedist.

The residents are also required to meet all AOAO requirements for graduation. This includes required courses, ACLS, ATLS, PALS certifications, society memberships and meetings and research.

It is the mission of the Orthopedic Residency Program at Millcreek Community Hospital is to train orthopedic surgeons who excel in their basic orthopedic science knowledge and surgical techniques, who are competent in orthopedic research, who are competent trained educators, and are trained to meet all the core competency requirements as defined by the AOA. The residency adheres to the basic standards for residency training in orthopedic surgery as approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Nick Lofreddo

MCH Resident Wins

Nick Lofreddo, D.O., an Orthopedic Resident at Millcreek Community Hospital, along with Edinboro University student Nathanel Pekelnicky, won first place and $1,500 in the first Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase that took place April 23 at the Erie Insurance Arena. Their project was entitled, “Reverse Hip Joint Replacement.” Students participated from Penn State Behrend, Mercyhurst University, Gannon University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

MCH Residents Win in Primary Care Olympics

More than 80 Millcreek Community Hospital medical residents, LECOM medical and pharmacy and Post Bac students, and primary care faculty competed recently in basketball, golf, relay runs, spin bike, and relay swims during the Primary Care Olympics, created by the LECOM Department of Primary Care Education. This year was the 11th anniversary of the event. Team 2, Erie Medical Class of 2016 earned Gold. Team 8, MCH Orthopedics won Silver. Bronze place was awarded to Team 4, Erie Pharmacy Class of 2016.

Pictured are 2nd place Primary Care Olympics Silver winners from the MCH Orthopedics Team (front row, left to right): Richard Goodrich, D.O.,Travis Small, D.O.,Kevin Keith, D.O., Nicholas Crossman, D.O., Bryan Jarvis, D.O., Robert Ogg, D.O.,(back row, left to right): Eric Goodrich, MS4, Nicholas Loffredo, D.O., Hans Joseph, D.O., Sean Kelly, D.O., Eric Brewer, D.O., David Carl, D.O. and Steven Ward, D.O.

Orthopedic Research:

Research has to be specifically approved by the program director and completed yearly at LECOM during the first two years of the residency program. After that, research can be completed at out rotations and may involve specific procedures or case studies or encounters at the out rotation. As in the past, all research has to be approved by the residency director.

The 2014 Orthopedic Research Day will be held on June 27, 2014.

Orthopedic Residency Research Day, 2013
Orthopedic Residency Research Day, 2013

To apply to MCH's Internships, OGME1 Programs, log onto the ERAS Website:

Students need to register with National Matching at:

For More Information, Contact:

Steven Habusta, D.O.
Program Director

Marilyn Tracy,
Medical Education Coordinator
Millcreek Community Hospital
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 868-8217

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