PCOM President and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD, was selected by the AACOM Board of Deans as a recipient of The Robert A. Kistner Award. Named for Dr. Kistner, who served at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for 26 years, the award is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to osteopathic medical education.
In presenting the award, the board noted that, “for more than two decades, Matthew Schure has worked with unrelenting dedication in many different capacities within the osteopathic medical education field. His unwavering commitment to the AACOM Board of Deans has proven to be an invaluable asset to the association, and he will be sorely missed upon his retirement next summer.
Under his leadership, PCOM has accomplished much, including the founding of Georgia Campus—Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. PCOM and GA-PCOM currently boast more than 1,600 enrolled medical students combined.
In addition to his work at PCOM, Dr. Schure has given tirelessly to the work of AACOM. He has been an active member of AACOM’s Assembly of Presidents, has served as a member of AACOM’s Audit Committee since its inception many years ago, and he has provided unwavering support and commitment to the AACOM Board of Deans.
Known throughout the medical education community for his many years of service and profound appreciation of the distinctiveness of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Schure has garnered a national reputation that reflects his commitment to excellence and devotion to the field.”
Commenting on his award, Dr. Schure stated, “I’m touched and honored to be receiving this award. The fact that AACOM gave one award to me, a psychologist, and the other to AOA Executive Director John Crosby, a lawyer, shows the openness of the osteopathic profession. It’s a pleasure to walk life’s journey as part of the osteopathic community, and I hope to do so for many years to come.”
Reception Brings PCOM Community Together
PCOM trustee John P. Kearney and his wife, Lois, hosted their fifth annual reception for the College at the Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, PA on April 23. The event brings together current and prospective PCOM students, their parents, alumni, pre-med advisors from local colleges, and faculty and administration from PCOM.
“Going to medical school is a huge step not only for the students, but for their parents as well,” says Mr. Kearney. “The parents, probably even more than their children, have questions about the journey. This reception brings together all branches of the PCOM family. If there’s a question in your mind, there will be someone in the room with the answer. Lois and I are here to make sure the Northeastern region of the state is represented and to make certain our children have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams."
Mr. Kearney’s connection to PCOM comes in many forms. His son, John D. Kearney, was a second-year medical student when he died in a tragic hiking accident in Arizona in 1999 as he tried to save his friend who had fallen. “JD was accepted to five other medical schools,” recalls his father. “But when he was introduced to PCOM and the osteopathic philosophy in his junior year at Wilkes, his dream was to go to PCOM. He loved every day he was at PCOM.”
Committed to having JD be a part of the PCOM family forever, the Kearney’s established the John D. Kearney Scholarship to help students achieve their dreams of becoming osteopathic physicians. They also created the John D. Kearney Memorial Scholarship at Wilkes University.
Lisa McBride, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer
PCOM has chosen Lisa M. McBride, PhD, to be the College’s first chief diversity officer. “I’m very excited to join PCOM, especially in this inaugural position,” says Dr. McBride. “My role is to guide efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource.”
Dr. McBride comes to PCOM from California University of Pennsylvania where she served as special assistant to the president for equity and diversity as well as the university ombudsperson. She earned her doctor of philosophy in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her master of science and bachelor of science degrees in criminology from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. McBride points to two research projects as being among her proudest achievements. In one, she was awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Association of University Women for her project “Breaking through Barriers for Women and Girls in STEM Areas,” which addressed how to prepare girls in middle school for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also refers to “CAL U Men United” a mentoring group designed to aid young men of color to face unique challenges as they pursue academic, career and social success, which was funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. As a result of implementing this initiative and similar programs for women of color, California University of Pennsylvania saw graduation rates for African-American students increase 33 percentage points.
“Although as the chief diversity officer I will be providing and coordinating leadership for diversity issues institution-wide, no one person or department can infuse diversity throughout the college without input from the entire campus community,” notes Dr. McBride. “I will create a diversity council that will include members of the College administration, faculty and staff members; students who represent various student groups; and members of the community with interest in diversity in higher education. I’m looking forward to making PCOM a national model for diversity in graduate institutions across the country.”
||PCOM's First Annual DOnut run to support Camp No Worries, a summer day camp for kids with cancer and their siblings, pitted runners against donuts. Participants ran a mile on a quarter-mile track stopping between each of the four laps to eat a donut as quickly as possible. Runners in the "skinny" race paired up with a designated donut eater. There were even gluten-free donuts available. Click here to watch the fun.|
The run raised over $2,000 -- enough to send two children to Camp No Worries, which is free to families.
Congressman Gerlach Learns About PCOM's Energy-Saving Microturbines
|President Schure talks with Congressman Gerlach while Jaclyn Milici (DO '15), DO Council political director and Mike Tecce (DO '15), SGA president look on.
||Director of Plant Operations Frank Windle explains the energy saving technology of the microturbines.
||The College's two Capstone microturbines. |
Congressman Gerlach (PA-Sixth District), an advocate of environmental preservation and clean air, was on campus in March to learn about PCOM's newly-installed energy-saving microturbines. The microturbines were acquired last fall to power the College's 172,000-square-foot Rowland Hall.
"The College chose microturbines," says Director of Plant Operations Frank Windle, "because they are energy efficient with low emissions, small footprint, and they fit well with the College’s existing HVAC system.” The microturbines provide electric power to the building, and recaptured waste heat is used for hot water, heating and cooling.
PCOM is already seeing a 10 percent reduction in energy demand, “100 kilowatts popped off the grid right away," says Windle. "We’re waiting for the first electric bill to see the savings, but we’re really pleased so far. The savings help us meet the College's goal of keeping tuition increases at the lowest levels possible."
Founders' Day 2013
PCOM will celebrate the founding of the College with it's annual Founders' Day celebration on Friday, January 25. On this day the school will present its two highest awards: the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal, which is bestowed to a member of the PCOM community and the Mason W. Pressley Memorial Medal, which is presented to the PCOM DO student of the year.
Saul Jeck, DO, FACOOG
Oscar John Snyder, DO Memorial Medal Recipient
A practicing obstetrician and gynecologist since 1957, Dr. Jeck has quickly embraced new medical technology as it became available through the years – from fetal monitors and ultrasounds to laparoscopic surgery. As professor and chair of PCOM’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the College’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program since 1990, Dr. Jeck has shared his love of innovation with the many students and residents he has taught. “I encourage my students to imagine something that we are doing today in obstetrics and gynecology that will be done completely differently 10 years from now.”
Dr. Jeck believes that a thorough knowledge of medicine and OMM on the physician’s part can help minimize testing and pain on the part of the patient. He conducted and published a study on OMM and pain management that showed that patients who received osteopathic manipulative treatment in the hospital after major surgery required statistically less pain medicine for two to three days following treatment while they were still hospitalized.
In addition to teaching and providing patient care, Dr. Jeck has served PCOM as a member of numerous committees over the years and has served the osteopathic profession as president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which recognized his outstanding contributions with numerous awards. In 2004, he was named to the American Osteopathic Association Mentor Hall of Fame. At PCOM, he twice received the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, the Dean’s Appreciation Award and a Distinguished Service Award for the obstetrics and gynecology residency program. Dr. Jeck received his DO degree from the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1957
Mark Vila, MBA (DO ’13)
Mason W. Pressley, DO Memorial Medal Recipient
Mark Vila is not afraid to challenge the status quo. As president of the PCOM Student Government Association (SGA), he helped transform this large, inefficient organization into smaller, individual councils better able to focus on issues important to each degree program. Separate smaller councils were established for each student club and a Senate was created to address general school-wide issues. The results were improved productivity and efficiency.
Mr. Vila also addressed a longstanding issue for DO students: amending the DO rank structure for residency applications. As a result, residency directors get a more accurate picture of the students’ rankings and students get a fairer shot at residency slots.
Mr. Vila takes pride in two annual community outreach events he helped to spearhead: the PCOM Winter Gala, an annual fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations, and PCOMmunity Outreach Day, a signature event in which all PCOM classes and degree programs work together in the community for one day. His ultimate goal is to be a hospital administration.
Annise Chung (DO '13) is the Mason W. Pressley, DO Memorial Medal Recipient for the Georgia Campus. She will receive recognition at that campus' Senior Awards Dinner-Dance in May.
PCOM Receives Outstanding Accreditation Report
PCOM has received a full seven-year accreditation from the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation for both campuses – the maximum level possible. The accreditation recognizes the excellence of our students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration and the outstanding work of those who contributed to the self-study. In addition to no requirements, the College received nine commendations.
PCOM Welcomes Bryan Ginn
Bryan Ginn has joined GA-PCOM as Chief Campus Officer where he will focus on external relations in support of the continued success of PCOM-Georgia Campus.
Bryan brings with him an extensive background in community and government relations. He joins the PCOM community after 12 years with Georgia Health Sciences University where he was Vice President of External Affairs and Government Relations. Other highlights of Bryan’s career include serving as the Director of State Relations and Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement for Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Prior to that he was the Director of Annual Giving and Regional Development Officer for Georgia Southern University.
DO Class of 2016 Receives White Coats
268 first-year medical students took their first step toward becoming physicians during PCOM's White Coat Ceremony. A significant rite of passage at most medical schools, the White Coat Ceremony establishes a psychological contract for beginning medical students that stresses the importance of compassionate care for the patient and professionalism as well as scientific proficiency.
WPVI-TV was on hand to capture the moment. Click here to view the coverage white coat.
Physicians for Human Rights Strives to Improve the World
|Garrett Kirkpatrick (DO '14),|
Duyen Mai (DO '15), president, PCOM student chapter, PHR;
Steve Vanni (DO '15), treasurer, PCOM student chapter, PHR;
Danielle Lucchesi (DO '15), secretary, PCOM student chapter,
PHR, as they supported the Philabundance Paper Plate Advocacy Project.
Hunger, poverty, malaria – these are just some of the issues PCOM’s student chapter of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is working to alleviate. Whether they’re volunteering at a health clinic for uninsured patients or raising money for the Global Poverty Project, the organization strives to relieve human suffering in its many forms. You can support PHR with your support at one of their upcoming events.
On Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Zedeck Amphitheatre, Evans Hall, PHR will show Invisible Children's newest documentary, "Move: What if we all speak the same language?". Invisible Children is working to end the Lord’s Resistance Army’s atrocitiesin East and Central Africa and to empower young people to take steps toward ending injustice. The event will feature a speaker from Uganda.
Keep your eyes open for their t-shirt sale to raise money for the United Nations project Nothing But Nets to end malarial deaths in Africa by 2015. For every shirt sold, one mosquito net will be donated to Africa.
Later this fall, the group will be advocating for the National PHR initiative "Access to Medicine," which promotes awareness of the lack of basic essential medicines in developing countries.
Throughout the year, PHR will sponsor speakers, movies and bake sales to help raise awareness of important issues and funds for worthy causes. For more information about this PCOM organization, contact Duyen Mai (DO ’15), president, Physicians for Human Rights.
A Class of 2014 Receives White Coats
Fifty-six students entered the PA class of 2014 and donned their white coats solidifying their commitment to the profession and their future patients. Learn more about PCOM's Physician Assistant Program.
Dr. Blake Broadens Horizons
J. Steven Blake, DO ’89, sponsored 15 students from his alma mater, Coahoma Agricultural High School in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on a 10-day, four-city excursion in June. The East Coast Cultural Enrichment Tour gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. During their travels they visit cultural sites, museums, see a Broadway show and meet leaders in a variety fields. This is the sixth year Dr. Blake has led the tour. “Reflecting on my own life, and the difference coming to Philadelphia made for me, I wanted to do that for students,” he explains. “I think it’s so important for students to see a world outside their regular environment.” ABC affiliate Channel Six tells the story.
Dr. Jeck Weighs in on New Contraceptive Study
When a study was released by the New England Journal of Medicine on the risks of oral contraceptives, local NBC affiliate, Channel 10, came to campus to hear what Saul Jeck, DO, professor and chair, OB/GYN had to say. Hear the whole story.