PCOM General Surgery receives ACGME approval!

Published April 8, 2016

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According to General Surgery Residency Program Director Art Sesso, the ACGME initial accreditation will greatly increase fellowship opportunities for residents.


History is in the making! Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently received word that PCOM’s General Surgery Residency Program is the first osteopathic surgery program nationwide under the single accreditation system to receive initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This approval is contingent upon PCOM receiving its Institutional approval this year.

“It’s a big deal,” said Joanne Jones, Executive Director of PCOM’s MEDNet and Designated Institutional Official.

Dr. Art Sesso, Department of Surgery Chair and Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, said, “The PCOM surgical program is the first osteopathic surgery program to receive ACGME certification. This was accomplished in under nine months and will greatly increase fellowship opportunities for our residents. This is a historic achievement and is the beginning of a new era of osteopathic surgery.” Dr. Sesso also serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education for Surgical Services and the Medical Director of the Clinical Learning Assessment Center on the Philadelphia campus.

The General Surgery Residency Program offers a strong academic and hands-on program and provides the opportunity for its residents to perform at least 200 major surgeries each year.

About 15 percent of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) programs have applied for approval, according to Jones. Application for approval for the General Surgery Residency Program was submitted last July to a review committee. As part of the move toward a single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system, GME programs at all osteopathic medical schools must achieve initial ACGME accreditation by June 30, 2020, after which the AOA will cease to provide accreditation.

In early 2014, the ACGME, the AOA, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for GME by July 2020.

Article compliments of PCOM Office of Marketing and Communications.

Philadelphia Surgery Conference

On Saturday, January 16, PCOM hosted the Philadelphia Surgery Conference which was attended by over 200 medical students from 8 different medical schools. PCOM Surgical Residents instructed students on knot tying, suturing, chest tube insertion, intubation, bedside ultrasound (FAST exams) and also ran case scenarios in our simulation lab and worked with students on the laparoscopic and robotic simulators.Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 4.53.36 PM

Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons: Residents received awards

Annual Clinical Assembly

The Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons recently took place in Chicago, Illinois from October 4-7. Congratulations to the following residents who received awards for their posters and presentations:

  • Stacey DonFrancesco, DO (PCOM Plastics) – Tuberous Breast Deformity: a Simpler Surgical Approach.  Awards:  1st place podium presentation, 2nd place poster presentation
  • Nicholas Madden, DO (PCOM General Surgery) – Primary Debridement versus Revascularization Dose Not Affect Limb Salvage in Critical Limb Ischemia. Awards:  1st place podium presentation, 1st place poster presentation 

Surgery residency first to receive ACGME pre-accreditation

Surgery residency first to receive ACGME pre-accreditation

(JULY 14, 2015) PCOM’s General Surgery Residency program, led by Arthur Sesso, DO, professor and chair, surgery, recently received pre-accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). As part of the move toward a single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system, GME programs at all osteopathic medical schools must achieve initial ACGME accreditation by June 30, 2020, after which the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) will cease to provide accreditation.

The Surgery Residency program, led by Dr. Arthur Sesso, is the first of PCOM’s 14 residency programs to receive ACGME pre-accreditation status.

The Surgery Residency program, led by Dr. Arthur Sesso, is the first of PCOM’s 14 residency programs to receive ACGME pre-accreditation status.

The Surgery Residency program is the first of PCOM’s 14 residency programs to receive that status, and all of the College’s residency programs are expected to apply for or receive pre-accreditation status within the next few months, said Kenneth J. Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean.

“Dr. Sesso is the trailblazer in this brave new world of common accreditation,” said Dr. Veit. “He has the knowledge and understanding to meet the requirements for ACGME accreditation. In addition, this pre-accreditation status is an excellent opportunity for our students, who will have even more doors open to them professionally after completing a GME program that is both AOA- and ACGME-accredited.”

Once pre-accreditation status is achieved, each program will have until 2020 to modify their training to meet the ACGME’s requirements for full accreditation.

The General Surgery Residency offers a strong academic and hands-on program with the assets of a large medical school and provides a unique learning experience for its residents, who are able to perform at least 200 major surgeries each year and have the opportunity to train at world-class locations. Residents are also provided access to fellowships in areas such as plastics, cardiothoracic and trauma surgeries, and about 80 percent of PCOM’s residents will complete fellowship training.

Article compliments of PCOM Office of Marketing and Communications. 

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