PCOM Announces Founders’ Day 2020 HonoreesJanuary 21, 2020
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced that Arthur J. Sesso,
DO '81, professor and chair, surgery, and Abdul A. Walters, MS/Biomed '16 (DO '20),
and Kathleen E. Ackert (DO '20), are this year’s recipients of the OJ Snyder Memorial
Medal and the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medals, respectively.
Both Dr. Sesso and Ms. Ackert will be honored at the College’s annual Founders’ Day
ceremony on Friday, January 24 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. Mr. Walters
will be honored at a separate ceremony in the spring at PCOM Georgia.
Arthur J. Sesso, DO ’81
Senior Associate Dean of Osteopathic Curricular Innovation and Oversight; Chairman
and Professor, Department of Surgery; Program Director, General Surgery; Director
of Graduate Medical Education, Surgical Services; Medical Director, Clinical Learning
and Assessment Center; Course Director, SEENT, CRIBS, and I2C; and Chairman, Curriculum
Dr. Sesso has taught at the College since 1986 and has chaired PCOM’s Department of Surgery for 15 years. His duties include surgery clerkship director; program director, general
surgery residency program; chairman, PCOM curriculum committee; medical director,
simulation services; and academic coordinator of PCOM’s undergraduate surgery course
and Introduction to Clerkship course. His career spans more than 40 years and is dedicated
largely to medical education and mentorship at PCOM. He heads the College’s committee focused on transforming
physician training with more hands-on learning and less classroom time—and with more
focus on wellness, communication and understanding how to run a system-based practice.
Learn more about Dr. Sesso.
Kathleen Ackert (DO ’20)
Ms. Ackert has made her passion for storytelling part of her medical education, and she plans to make it part of her practice as an
obstetrician/gynecologist. She is a winner of The Moth’s Grand Slam storytelling event
in New York and has been published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
and the Philadelphia Inquirer for her stories about her experiences as a medical student.
Ms. Ackert also created Teaching Introductory Study Skills Utilizing Experience (TISSUE),
a two-week program designed to ease anxieties and create a sense of community among
incoming first-year medical students. Learn more about Ms. Ackert.
Abdul A. Walters, MS/Biomed '16 (DO '20)
During his years at PCOM Georgia Mr. Walters emerged as a student leader, holding
multiple positions on that campus including president of the DO Student Council. He
also helped found the Latino Medical Student Association, and volunteered with summer
programs designed to instill a love of healthcare in Metro Atlanta youths. Nationally,
he served on the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Mental
Health Task Force Committee, which had a campaign focused on addressing the pressures
medical students and physicians face in their field. Learn more about Mr. Walters.
About the OJ Snyder Memorial Medal
The OJ Snyder Memorial Medal is presented in memory of the co-founder of PCOM and
is the College's highest award, which recognizes leadership and service to the osteopathic
profession and to the institution. The Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal is presented
to students for their outstanding achievement and service to the College, the community
and the osteopathic profession. Recipients are selected by representatives of the
overall College community.
Monique A. Gary, DO '09
PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Honor recipient
Also receiving honors at this year’s Founders’ Day celebration is Monique A. Gary,
DO '09, medical director of the cancer program and breast surgical oncologist at Grand
View Health/Penn Cancer Network, who will receive the PCOM Alumni Association Certificate
of Honor. Learn more about Dr. Gary.
About Founders' Day
Founders’ Day celebrates the birth of PCOM in 1899 by Drs. Snyder and Pressly, who sought to bring the osteopathic philosophy of whole-person
healthcare to Philadelphia. In addition to the January 24 ceremony, the founding of
the College will be celebrated at all three of the College’s locations in Philadelphia, Suwanee and Moultrie.
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