PCOM Names Arthur J. Sesso, DO ’81, as 2020 Snyder Medal RecipientJanuary 21, 2020
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced Arthur J. Sesso, DO ’81, senior associate dean of osteopathic curricula innovation and accountability, as
the recipient of the 2020 OJ Snyder Memorial Medal. It 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. Dr. Sesso will receive his medal during PCOM’s Founders’
Day celebration on Friday, Jan. 24.
Dr. Sesso, professor of surgery, has taught at the College since 1986 and has chaired
the Department of Surgery for 15 years. He serves as surgery clerkship director; director of the general surgery
residency program; chair of the PCOM curriculum committee; medical director of simulation
services and academic coordinator of the undergraduate surgery and Introduction to
He developed the Introduction to Clerkship course to better prepare students for their
residencies through a month-long protocol of 16 exercises on topics ranging from patient
interviews and medical ethics to trauma care and surgical techniques.
Dr. Sesso also developed the Clinical Reasoning in Basic Science (CRIBS) course, designed
to more seamlessly integrate classroom learning in the first two years of medical
school with clinical case studies.
In addition, he heads the College’s committee 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.
Dr. Sesso lectures in general surgery to some 300 first- and second-year students
each year and is involved in clerkship preparations for those readying for their residencies.
He also oversees those students who do fulfill their surgical residencies at PCOM.
Dr. Sesso is board-certified in general surgery, and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from PCOM in 1981. He resides in Ocean City, New Jersey with his wife, Eva,
a graduate of the PCOM DO class of 1982.
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