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General Surgery

Residency Positions: 40
Major Cases: 200-250 per year per resident
Total Cases: 2,500

For more information, view the website run by surgical residents: www.pcomgensurgery.com


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 fully equipped animal surgical suite, human patient simulator lab, cadaver lab, and laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators add to the educational experience.


Residents in this program can easily perform about 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.


PCOM's Surgical Residency has also positioned itself to provide access to fellowships in Plastics, Peripheral Vascular, Cardio-Thoracic, and Trauma Surgery.  Approximately eighty percent of PCOM Residents complete fellowship training.  Arthur J. Sesso, D.O., Program Director, states, "The scope and diversity of this program is second to none."

Arthur Sesso, DO
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Professor and Chairman, Surgery
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
General Surgery
BS St. Joseph's University, 1977
DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1981
Internship: PCOM 1981-82
Residency: PCOM 1982-86
Board Certified, Aug 1991
  • Henry E. D'Alonzo Award for Interns 1981-1982
  • Intern of the Year Award for Outstanding Teaching and Clinical Skills
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1982
  • Survivors Club, Intern of the Year Award 1982
  • Henry E. D'Alonzo Resident Award 1982-1983
  • Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Teaching and Clinical Skills
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1983
  • Survivors Club, Resident of the Year Award 1983
  • Chief Surgical Resident, 1983
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Chief Surgical Resident, 1985-1986
  • Merck, Sharp, & Dohme - National Surgical Award for Literary Achievements
    Resident of the year 1985-1986
  • Chief of the Surgical Residents Clinic 1984-1986
  • Teacher of the Year Award Intern Class
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1987
  • Clinical Professor of the Year
    Student Class 1987
  • Student Council Teacher of the Year
    Student Class 1996-1997
  • Lindback Award Winner, 2006
  • Deans Appreciation Award, 2006
  • Alumni Certificate of Merit, 2006
  • Alumni Certificate of Honor, 2009
  • Crozer Chester Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Deborah Heart and Lung Center
  • Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center
  • Aria Health 
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital
  • Reading Hospital and Medical Center
  • Taylor Hospital

Salary (2015-12016 Academic Year)

  • PGY 1 $50,500
  • PGY 2 $52,500
  • PGY 3 $53,500
  • PGY 4 $54,500
  • PGY 5 $55,500
  • Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.

Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.


Daily teaching rounds, monthly meetings of the tissue committee, morbidity and mortality committee, and divisional, weekly grand rounds and departmental meetings at each institution. Residents also teach students and interns.
Educational Resources
Residents have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsylvania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities through Blackboard.


Last Updated: 9/15/15