PCOM's General Surgery Residency Program Receives ACGME ApprovalApril 8, 2016
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
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
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.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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