PCOM Establishes the Medical Education Center of ExcellenceFebruary 8, 2022
With a nine-fold mission statement, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has established a Medical Education Center of Excellence, under the direction of
Art Sesso, DO, senior associate dean and chair of the Department of Surgery. According to Dr. Sesso,
the center, which is the first in the nation, “strengthens the College’s ability to
prepare the next generation of osteopathic physicians.”
The founding documents state that the center will strive to educate the finest osteopathic physicians, assure an understanding that student outcomes equate to patient outcomes, produce
leaders in patient-centered care and develop a campus-wide community of educators.
According to PCOM President Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, the establishment of the center, which has developed the PCOM ONE curriculum for
the osteopathic medicine program, underlines the fact that “PCOM is three distinct locations, but one university.”
He said, “We want to assure there is not a difference when our students graduate from
the Philadelphia, Suwanee or Moultrie campuses. We want the standardization and quality
assurance, the PCOM brand, to be the same when our students start their residency
He added, “MECOE strives to assure that our students have the same opportunities with
the same curriculum the first two years. I don’t think we can understate that in today’s
world,” he said, “because residencies will continue to be more competitive. There
are more and more osteopathic schools and allopathic schools which continue to increase
their class sizes.”
Not only is the content different with a new emphasis on wellness and nutrition, but
curriculum delivery has changed. “The days of sitting in Evans Hall listening to lectures
with 250 people all day is over,” Dr. Feldstein said. PCOM ONE involves small groups,
active learning, critical thinking skills, team building. That’s the world we live
in today,” he said.
The center’s mission prioritizes the integration of basic and clinical sciences in
a translational education model, communicates and shares outcomes data for future
curricular development, and inspires and supports research, scholarship and innovation.
Finally, the center addresses cultural competency, issues of health equity and the
delivery system, in addition to providing an atmosphere that encourages new ideas
and promotes faculty and student initiatives.
The center utilizes a structure with seven faculty directors across PCOM’s three campus locations. The directors are charged with ensuring the progress of each student throughout
their educational journey. According to Dr. Sesso, the directors are able to immediately
identify struggling students at risk and match them to specific resources including
tutoring, mentoring, counseling, remediation plans and COMLEX readiness.
Dr. Feldstein said, “It was a massive undertaking and it’s a credit to everyone’s
passion that the center has been accomplished.”
Establishing the center positions PCOM as a national leader in osteopathic medicine
education. The MECOE group is an arm of the Provost’s Office and includes the Bio-Medical Sciences chairs from PCOM’s three campuses including
Susan T. Hingley, PhD, PCOM; Richard White, PhD, FAHA, PCOM Georgia; and Jennifer Shaw, PhD, PCOM South Georgia.
In addition, the center’s directors include:
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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. 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 pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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