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Osteopathic Surgery Residency Program

The Osteropathic Surgery Residency Training Program at PinnacleHealth Community Campus is approved for ten positions through the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The program director is Luciano DiMarco, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. 

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The program consists of five consecutive years which includes a surgical emphasis rotating internship. The program is designed to provide the resident with ever-increasing patient care responsibilities and to achieve full competence in all aspects of surgical disease, including open and laparoscopic procedures. Residents develop competence by participating in both outpatient and inpatient care from initial visit and pre-operative assessment through hospitalization and post-discharge care.

The Community Campus includes:

  • 132-bed acute care suburban hospital
    • 88 Medical/Surgical beds
    • 12 ICU beds
    • 32 Telemetry
  • 55-bed Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital
  • State-of-the-Art PinnacleHealth Cancer Center 
  • Eleven Operating Rooms
  • An Endoscopy Center with three Endoscopy suites
  • A newly built Surgical Skills Lab with state-of-the-art simulator and audiovisual equipment, located in the adjacent Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital
Residents receive two to three months of elective time during their third and fourth PGY years for out-of-house rotations. Residents also rotate on a General Surgery and Vascular Surgery service at the Harrisburg Hospital Campus, a 400-bed urban community hospital located ten minutes from the Community Campus. The teaching program consists of weekly lectures on surgical updates, morbidity and mortality, general surgery grand rounds covering a wide range of topics, and surgery text reviews. Monthly programs consist of radiology conference, cancer conference, journal club, CME programs, and system-wide grand rounds.

Residents are exposed to outpatient general surgery with an on-site outpatient surgical center. The Susquehanna Valley Surgery Center is located on the ground floor of the Bloom Outpatient Center on the Community Campus.

Included in the Center:
  • Five Operating Rooms
  • Two Procedure Rooms
  • One Cystoscopy Room
  • Immediate Recovery Rooms (4)
  • Secondary Recovery Rooms (7)


There are currently 132 physicians on the surgical staff of PinnacleHealth Hospitals, including 8 osteopathic general surgeons whose primary hospital is Community General. Please see the “Faculty” tab on the right for a listing of our faculty.


The goals of our program are to develop osteopathic philosophy and approach to the surgical patients; develop a logical diagnostic approach to the surgical patient in conjunction with the other departments including family practice, medicine, gynecology, anesthesiology, etc.; develop technical competency; instill ethical and moral standards; and finally to prepare the resident for ACOS membership and certification. The general surgery program follows the Basic Standards for General Surgery Residency as outlined by the American Osteopathic Association.


This program participates in the Linked Intern/Residency Program. However, outside applicants may apply by submitting their application to the Department of Medical Education. Interviews are usually held in late October or early November.

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►Didactics and Education
►Scholarly Activity
►Rotation Affiliations
►Salary and Benefits
►Current Residents
►Contact Us/Applications