April 30- May 3, 2014
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA
POMA Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 1, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Valley Forge
480 N. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA
New Jersey Reception
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill, NJ
GA-PCOM Graduate Programs Reception
Friday, May 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3590 Breckinridge Blvd.
GA-PCOM SNMA Lecture with Evelyn Partridge, DO '79
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
GA-PCOM Lecture Hall
625 Old Peachtree Rd. NW
GA-PCOM Alumni/Student Networking Night
Thursday, May 22, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dave and Buster's
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy.
AAPA Conference 2014
Saturday, May 24-Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Physician Assistant Alumni and
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Whiskey Priest
150 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Reunion Weekend celebrating the Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 & 1999
Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
Reunion Luncheon for Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944
Friday, May 30, 2014
4200 City Avenue
Friday, May 30, 2014
4:30pm – 6:30pm
4200 City Avenue
Campus Open House & Alumni/Family Luncheon
Saturday, May 31, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm
4170 City Avenue
Reunion Grand Reception for ALL Reunion Classes
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
PCOM Class of 2014 DO Commencement
Sunday, June 1, 2014
300 S. Broad Street
All Alumni are Welcome!
GA-PCOM Class of 2009 Reunion Dinner
Friday, June 13, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 10:00pm
Buckhead location TBA
For more information on these events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
and Development at 800-739-3939 or email@example.com
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2014 Founders’ Day
On Friday, January 24, 2014, students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and family
celebrated this year’s Founders’ Day at PCOM, in honor of the College’s founders:
Oscar John Snyder, DO, and Mason Wiley Pressly, DO. The day began with a coffee reception
in Lotman Lobby of Evans Hall, followed by an assembly to honor the recipient of the
O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal and the recipients of the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal,
which took place in the Rose K. Ginsburg Amphitheater. Paul McGloin, CPA, LLD, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees (pictured below) presented the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal
to PCOM President and CEO
Matthew Schure, PhD for his service to this college as an avid leader, teacher and
counselor. Zachary Herrmann (DO ’16) Student Government Association Osteopathic Medicine
Council President, presented the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal to Matthew V. Speicher
(DO ’14). The Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal for the Georgia Campus recipient was
presented to Jason O. Milton (DO ’14), by Nam Pham (DO ’16) GA-PCOM Student Government
Association Osteopathic Medicine Council President. After the assembly, guests enjoyed
food and cake at a luncheon to celebrate the honorees and the founding of PCOM.
Later that night, students and alumni were able to meet and network with one
another at the Student and Alumni Mixer, another Founders’ Day tradition. PCOM faculty
and staff joined students at the Manayunk Brewery for this opportunity to connect
with alumni within their specialty.
Pictured above-left: Anthony Wastella, Darlene A. Dunay, DO '83, President of Alumni
Association of PCOM and Kevin Gerrity (DO'14)
Pictured above-right: LTC Michael I. Cohen, USA, DO ‘98, Board Director of Alumni
Association of PCOM and Michaela Seigo (DO ‘17)
Faculty/ Staff Clinical Learning and Assessment Center Kick-Off Campaign
On Monday, November 18, 2013 faculty and staff gathered in Rowland Hall to see the newly renovated Clinical
Learning and Assessment Center. President Matthew Schure, PhD spoke at the breakfast
reception that was held in the Clinical Learning and Assessment Center, thanking donors
who helped fund the project. Penny Patton, BFA, Program Administrator, and Art Sesso,
DO '81, Chairman of Surgery and Medical Director of Simulation Assessment
Center also spoke, explaining the renovations and how the new additions will improve
learning opportunities for PCOM students, the college’s hospital affiliates and local
Tours led by PCOM students were offered to explore the seminar rooms, surgical
simulation rooms, clinical examination rooms and a reception area. Pictured above,
student Anthony Moon (DO '16) explains the additions in one of the assessment rooms
to faculty and staff. Faculty and staff were also able to witness students using the
new high-fidelity robotic simulators in the practice rooms.
Generous Clinical Learning and Assessment Center gift from Michael Saltzburg, DO ’77
and Mrs. Wendy Saltzburg
PCOM is pleased to announce that alumnus Michael C. Saltzburg, DO ’77, and his wife,
Wendy, have made a one million dollar gift toward the new Clinical Learning and Assessment
Center. Their contribution matches the one million dollar grant awarded to the Center
by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
The Saltzburg gift establishes an endowment fund that will help to sustain the Center.
The gift given by the Saltzburgs is in addition to the family's in-kind gift of an
operating table in the new Surgery Operating Room as well as a previous $115,000 contribution
to acquire an arthroscopic orthopaedic simulator, renovate space near the old Center
and to create an endowment for orthopaedic simulation.
Dr. and Mrs. Saltzburg will be acknowledged for their extraordinary philanthropy with
the naming of the new Center. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April
10, 2014, at which time, the Center will be officially designated the Dr. Michael
and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center.
Dr. Saltzburg is an orthopaedic surgeon in Altoona, Pennsylvania. His wife, an educational
administrator, is retired from the Estelle Manor (New Jersey) School District. The
Saltzburgs have four children; their youngest daughter, Lauren is a third-year osteopathic
medical student at PCOM.
The Clinical Learning and Assessment Center began with the introduction of the standardized
patient program in the late 1980s under the guidance of Robert Berger, DO '58, then
the associate dean for undergraduate medical education. In order to prepare second-year
students for upcoming clinical rotations, fourth-year students and residents served
as patient-actors. In November 1990, a pilot study was launched at PCOM using a model
provided by the former Medical College of Pennsylvania. The pilot study focused on
the skills of history-taking, physical examination and doctor-patient communication.
In the 1993-94 academic year, trained actors replaced students and residents, and
PCOM dedicated the first clinical learning lab. Dr. Berger died suddenly February
14, 1994. His vision remains at the very core of the Dr. Michael and Wendy Saltzburg
Clinical Learning & Assessment Center today.
Zedeck Medical Humanities Lectureship Series
PCOM recently hosted two lectures at the Rose K. Ginsburg Amphitheater. Each lecture
featured a speaker with experience in medical humanities. Rick Guidotti (pictured
left with Burton Blender, DO '62) , an award-winning former fashion photographer and
the founder/director of Positive Exposure, was the first to take part in the Lectureship
Series presenting; Positive Exposure: Genetic Disorders From a Positive Angle. On
Friday December 13, 2013, Guidotti spoke about social and psychological experiences
of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions, of all
ages and ethno-cultural heritages.
On January 17, 2014 Dan Shapiro, PhD spoke about his personal experiences with recurrent
Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dr. Shapiro is an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professor of Medical
Humanism and the Chair of the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine.
He has written three books about his cancer experience, his psychological treatment
of a physician, and how he has thrived despite the challenges he faced with cancer.
Pictured above: Burton Blender, DO '62, Dan Shapiro, PhD and Alan Sarkessian, DO '62
Physicians Aid Association of the Delaware Valley Scholarship
The Physicians Aid Association of the Delaware Valley gave $70,000 to award PCOM medical
students who are in good academic standing and in financial need. The following students
were each awarded $4,000: Ashleigh Clair, Ben Geishauser, Amanda Griffin, Kimberly
Kochersperger, Thomas Lettich, Jennifer McCole, Stephanie Miller, Marysa Mumphrey,
Kerry-Anne Perkins, Brian Rueter, Silvia Shin, Saquib Siddiqi, Kardie Tobb, Anthony
Torres, Ann Welsh, Alex Wilson, and Lauren Ziegenfus. Our thanks to the Physicians
Aid Association of the Delaware Valley for their generosity and support.
Pictured above (L to R): Kardie Tobb (DO ’14), Thomas Lettich (DO ’14), Kenneth J.
Veit, DO ’76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean,
Ann Welsh (DO ’14) and Saquib Siddiqi (DO ’14)
PCOM Healthcare Center Receives Grant from Independence Blue Cross Foundation
PCOM Healthcare Center -- Lancaster Avenue Division received a $50,000 Blue Safety
Net grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to help the Center create and
implement a patient-centered medical home.
“The patient-centered medical home puts patients front and center,” says Harry Morris,
DO '78 professor and chair of family medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine (PCOM). “It allows us to manage all aspects of a patient’s care. Having one
point of contact helps patients control chronic conditions and simplifies the sometimes
confusing maze of the healthcare system.”
“We are excited to once again partner with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
in support of their patient-centered medical home,” says IBC Foundation President
Lorina Marshall-Blake. “This unique way of providing more coordinated and timely care
will greatly benefit the thousands of patients who depend on the care they receive
at PCOM’s Healthcare Center.”
A team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and
coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes, the
patient centered medical home is responsible for providing all of a patient’s health
care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This
includes preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance
with end-of-life issues.
PCOM Healthcare Center – Lancaster Avenue Division seeks to receive NCQA (National
Committee for Quality Assurance) recognition to serve as a model for incorporating
the medical home at all of PCOM’s five Healthcare Centers. The National Committee
for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated
to improving health care quality. This was the second $50,000 Blue Safety Net grant
the Healthcare Center has received from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
Pictured above: President and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD; Marta Motel, DO ’88, Medical
Director of Lancaster Avenue Healthcare Center; Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of
IBC Foundation; Harry Morris, DO ’78, Professor and Chair of Family Medicine; and
Kenneth J. Veit, DO ’76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
2014 School Psychology Alumni/Student/Faculty Reception
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 the Office of Alumni Relations and Development,
the Department of Psychology, and the Office of Admissions hosted the School Psychology
Alumni/ Student/ Faculty Reception. Guests gathered for food and drinks at Petits
Plat Restaurant in Washington, DC to network and to catch up on activities at PCOM. The
reception was in conjunction with the 2014 National Association of School Psychologists
(NASP) Annual Convention, which took place February 18-21.
12th Annual Naomi & Bernard Fisher, DO ’52 Distinguished Lectureship
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 PCOM held its 12th Annual Naomi & Bernard Fisher, DO ’52 Distinguished Lectureship at the Zedeck Family
Amphitheater. This year’s guest lecturer was Amy K. Wagner, MD, Associate Professor
and Vice Chair of Research at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
at the University of Pittsburgh. Denah Appelt, PhD, PCOM’s Professor of Neuroscience
in the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences introduced Dr. Wagner for her lecture about
a researcher’s perspective on traumatic brain injuries. Afterwards, Dr. Wagner met
with students and faculty for an informal lunch reception.
The Fisher Lectureship was made possible by a gift from the late Bernard Fisher, DO
’52 in memory of his wife, Naomi Fisher. The purpose of this lecture is to bring nationally
prominent speakers to PCOM, and broaden the academic horizons of the students. Our
thanks to Scot A. Fisher, DO '82, Lynn Fisher, and Gary Fisher, DO ‘73, for maintaining
the legacy of their parents with their continued support of this lectureship series.
Pictured above: Denah Appelt, PhD, Sarah Lantz, Scot A. Fisher, DO ’82, Amy Wagner,
MD, and President and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD.
GA-PCOM Employee Giving Kick-off Campaign
The Georgia campus held its annual Employee Giving Kick-off Campaign on November 7,
2013. Employees, faculty and staff enjoyed food and drinks as President and CEO Matthew
Schure, PhD and Kenneth J. Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Dean spoke about fundraising strategies in effort to raise funds for the
college. Student leaders from the Student Government Association, the Pharmacy Council,
and the Graduate Programs Council addressed the group. They expressed gratitude for
the campaign and to the administration for their commitment to ensuring a quality
educational experience. The campaign brought in gifts with nearly 50% participation.
Pictured above: Barbara Myers, Marketing and Public Relations Manager; and Stacy Lewchuck,
OMM Office Manager
Pictured above: Bryan Ginn, Chief Campus Officer; Ken Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost,
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean; Joy Speaks (PharmD ’16), Pharmacy
Council President; Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO; Nam Pham (DO ’16), SGA
Osteopathic Medicine Council President; Alisa Toney, Alumni Relations and Development
Officer; and Michael Damgaard (MS '14), Graduate Program Council President
GA-PCOM Alumni/Student Networking Night
On Friday, November 15, 2013 students, staff and alumni gathered for the GA-PCOM Alumni/
Student Networking Night, held at Dave & Buster’s in Lawrenceville, GA. First and
second year students had the opportunity to network with alumni and learn about how
to navigate school, residency programs, and employment in a healthcare career. Students
met alumni from both the Georgia and Philadelphia campuses. This event gave students
the opportunity to connect with alumni and learn about their past experiences at GA-PCOM.
2014 Reunion Weekend is getting closer! Alumni from the Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969,
1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 & 1999 are invited to join us on Friday, May 30- Saturday,
May 31 for a great weekend of catching up with classmates! The Reunion Luncheon for
Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944 is on Friday, May 30 at 12:00pm. This year’s
Hospitality Suite is on Friday, May 30 4:30– 6:30pm. The Campus Open House & Alumni/Family
BBQ is on Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm and is open to all Alumni. The Reunion
Grand Reception for ALL 2014 Reunion Classes is on Saturday, May 31 6:00pm - 9:30pm.REGISTER NOW
Richard Kimmel, DO '84 received a Certificate of Merit from the Alumni Association
of PCOM for becoming president-elect of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
(ACOS) for 2013-2014.
Yewah Jung, DO ’10 was the recipient of the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award
presented by The American Osteopathic Foundation and Merck.
New GA-PCOM Facebook Page
The Georgia Campus has recently created a GA-PCOM Facebook page to highlight alumni,
students, faculty and staff on the Georgia campus. To see the current events at the
Georgia Campus “Like” us on Facebook. Send your news to Alisa Toney, Alumni Relations & Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to have it posted on this page.
New Jersey Alumni Reception
A new reception venue is being planned to include even more New Jersey alumni and
welcome them to hear the latest of their alma mater. You may have attended a reception
in the past at the AROC Conference. This year a reception honoring our alumni from
all programs will be held at Café Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill on Wednesday, May 14
at 6:00pm-8:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Did you Volunteer at Inglis?
Looking forward to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in
2015, Inglis is renewing relationships with old friends as they continue to advance
their mission of enabling people with disabilities– and those who care for them–
to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. Please contact Inglis at 215-81-0753
or click here to be reconnected with your fellow volunteers and this very special community.
Within the past year, we received a generous gift from Martin J. Hoffman, DO ’52,
who died one year ago. Dr. Hoffman, a family physician in York, PA, met his “nurse”
and wife of 58 years at PCOM. Mary Jane Blake Hoffman, RN ’52, was a student at the
School of Nursing while Dr. Hoffman was an osteopathic medical student at the 48th
and Spruce Streets campus. In York, Dr. and Mrs. Hoffman maintained a general practice
office, helped to establish Westside Hospital and later he served on staff at Memorial
Hospital. Dr. Hoffman was a faithful, low-key donor over the years. He obviously held
the College in great esteem, naming PCOM as the lead beneficiary of his trust and
IRA. Dr. Hoffman entrusted PCOM with his extraordinary estate gift without any restrictions.
Unfortunately, we could not bestow any recognition to Dr. Hoffman for his generous
contribution because we had no idea he named the College in his estate plans. He kept
it a secret.
Have you included PCOM in your will, designated us as an insurance beneficiary, or
provided for the advancement of our mission through other deferred giving arrangements?
Whether you’d like to shout it out and inspire others, or remain anonymous, we’d love
to know if you have included PCOM in your retirement or estate plans. To find out
more about including PCOM in your estate plans, please contact us.
Scott P. Righter, Special Gifts Officer
Alumni Association of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Life Memberships in the Alumni Association may be purchased for graduating seniors
in the Class of 2014. The cost is $500 per membership and is available for all programs
and graduates on both campuses. It is a great way to honor new alumni and begin their
life-long relationship with the Alumni Association. If you would like to honor a
graduate in a particular specialty or area of the country, we can accommodate your
wishes and send you his/her name.
Thank you for your support of the Alumni Association.
Alumni Insurance Program
A major challenge of retirement planning is finding an affordable way to fund the
potential need for extended care, whether in your own home or in a facility. Recent
studies show that most Americans underestimate the cost of long term care, while 56%
overestimate the cost of the insurance that would defray those very costs. Delaying
the purchase of LTC insurance can have dire consequences.
Nothing impacts policy pricing more than age and health, so the sooner you purchase
coverage, the lower the base rate for the life of your policy. Life-altering events
can occur at any age, leaving one with few options for LTC insurance. Delaying your
decision, plus the impending disappearance of industry discounts, equate to what we
call “the cost of waiting.” This means there’s never been a better time for both
men and women to research their LTC options than right now.
No –risk LTC consultations are available to our graduates at no cost as part of the
PCOM Alumni Insurance Program. Visit http://meyerandassoc.com/pcom/ltc to download a free “10-Point Checklist” and then schedule your risk-free consultation
Regardless of your present age and health, the longer you wait to start your planning,
the more it will cost in the long run—assuming you can still qualify when you’re ready.
Partnering with Harris Connect to Produce Alumni Publication
Our alumni change emails, jobs and locations often making it hard to keep up
with them. We have therefore contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information
for our alumni so that they can stay current. Harris will also help produce a beautiful
hardcover publication that will allow you to reconnect with old friends as well as
Harris specializes in alumni and membership publications and the data specifications
involved with this type of project. You will be contacted by email and/or regular
mail or by phone over the next few months to verify and update your contact and career
information. Thank you in advance for your participation.
The Fund for PCOM
PCOM would not be what it is today without the generous support of alumni, parents,
and friends. Your contribution to The Fund for PCOM helps ensure the quality of a
PCOM education. These unrestricted gifts provide the College with crucial, flexible
funding to enrich student life, respond to emerging opportunities, and meet pressing
needs. These gifts — no matter the size — make a real impact.
Answer the Call!
Our spring phonathon is underway. This is an easy and fast way to make your gift to
The DO Student Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits scholarship aid. When a PCOM
representative calls you to discuss how you can make a difference for our college
and our students, show your PCOM pride with a contribution to this year's campaign.
Do you have a family member who attended PCOM? Whether a parent, grandparent,
sibling, cousin, uncle or other relative, the Office of Alumni Relations wants to
Generations of families have passed on the PCOM tradition to their family members,
and we want to help celebrate this special relationship.
Job Opportunity for Physicians at Physicians Weight Control (PA)
The Physicians Weight Control are seeking a skilled physician to work part-time
in bariatrics. The applicant would not be responsible for surgery in this position,
as their clinic focuses on a program that includes diet, exercise and nutritional
supplements to create long-term healthy and natural results for their patients.
The Physicians Weight Control has offices in Royersford, Lansdale, Bristol,
Kennett Square, Allentown, King of Prussia and Media. The applicant would be working
in 3-4 hours shifts. The position would also include substituting for other physicians
during their vacations.
Various job postings for Physician Assistants and other specialties in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia are available at the PCOM Alumni Facebook
page. If you are interested in applying or want to learn more about these jobs please