We highly encourage medical students interested in PCOM Surgery to rotate at one of our affiliated hospitals.

Medical students interested in doing at audition rotation with PCOM Surgery should visit our website for instructions on how and when to apply. We look forward to working with you!

About our program:

The PCOM General Surgery Residency is a unique experience in surgical training.  Combining a strong academic and hands-on program with the assets of a large medical school, affords a tremendous learning experience for the surgical resident.

Facilities such as a human patient simulator lab along with laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators add to the educational experience.

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 “The scope and diversity of this program is second to none.”

Arthur J. Sesso, D.O., Program Director

Residents in this program perform an average of  200 major surgeries each year and will be exposed to numerous experienced faculty trainers at our affiliated sites. Premium training locations include the world’s finest cancer facility at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, Level 1 trauma center at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, state of the art cardio-thoracic surgery at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey, and Penn Trauma at Reading Hospital and Medical Center.  This coupled with six core general surgery facilities makes for an outstanding experience.

Residents have the benefit of a large and diverse faculty and dedicated academic time in the form of a weekly Grand Rounds Series. Research facilities and guidance are also available on campus.

Approximately eighty percent of PCOM surgical residents go on to complete fellowship training. PCOM Surgery is proud to offer fellowships in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Surgical Grand Rounds

Every Wednesday from 8 am-12 pm, PCOM surgical residents hold Grand Rounds on the third floor of Evan’s Hall. Medical students are invited to join us. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, simply show up. See the Grand Rounds tab for more information.

Clinical Learning and Assessment Center & Simmy Ginsberg Robotic Simulation Suite

The Clinical Learning and Assessment Center (CLAC) is home to a state-of-the-art human patient simulator, which is a full-body mannequin that breathes, has a heart beat, reactive pupils, and can talk. Various procedures such as CPR, intubation, and catheterization can be performed on the mannequin, allowing students to master assessment of a patient and procedural skills.

The Robotic Simulation Suite offers students as well as residents a multitude of opportunities in advanced surgical training. Trauma Man is full size mannequin that allows students and residents to practice procedures necessary for the care of a critically ill trauma patient, such as central line insertion and chest tube placement. Also available for use is a laparoscopic simulator as well as a DaVinci robot simulator, referred to as RoSS (Robotic Surgical Simulator). These are just a few of the many opportunities offered in the robotic simulation suite.

Both the CLAC and Robotic Simulation Suite play important roles in the training of PCOM surgical residents, as well as medical students who are interested in surgery. Both are located on the PCOM campus, in Rowland Hall. Medical students may sign up to use the simulators, and should sign up by contacting the officers of the Wisely Surgical Association (see their website or facebook group, listed below). 

Wisely Surgical Association

The PCOM chapter of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) is referred to as the Wisely Surgical Association, which strives to introduce medical students to different aspects of surgery while also broadening their knowledge of basic science and clinical medicine. PCOM students who are considering surgery as a specialty are encouraged to become a member as it will allow you access to various lectures, workshops and the simulation center. You will also have an opportunity to interact with PCOM surgical residents at various events.

The Wisely Surgical Association website may be accessed here:

You are also welcome to join their facebook group, PCOM Wisely Surgical Association (WSA). Access to sign-up sheets for the simulation center are available both on their website and via the facebook group.