Three Years to a Medical Degree?
|PCOM Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and|
Dean, Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA, discusses the pros
and cons of a three year medical degree in a live interview
with anchorwoman Lori Wilson on NBC10. To view the
interview, clip here.
PCOM DO Student Shares Life and Death Story
||When second-year medical student Ricky Davis, Jr. collapsed at a local gym, he was lucky to be surrounded by gym-going medical professionals. Hear the story of his miraculous recovery. Click here|
Founders' Day 2010
O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal Recipient
Dr. Cifala has served Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for 50 years as a charter member of the Alumni Association of PCOM and as a member of the Alumni Association of PCOM Board of Directors, the only member to serve two terms as president. A passionate proponent of osteopathic principles and practice, he led pioneering efforts to ensure that osteopathic physicians received full recognition and licensure in all 50 states. He was also the first osteopathic physician to be accepted into the National Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. in 1948. For his lifelong dedication to advancing the profession, he has been honored by the American Osteopathic Association with the Distinguished Service Award (2007) and by the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity as a "Great Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine," among many other awards.
Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal Recipient
Mr. Rand feels deeply that each person has a duty to make the world a better place by tackling problems and developing solutions. He has demonstrated his personal credo time and again through his leadership and service at PCOM. As a leader in the PCOM Student Government Association, he successfully initiated and implemented a multiyear project to increase the College's environmental stewardship by significantly expanding recycling efforts and improving energy efficiency campus wide. As education coordinator for the American Medical Student Association, he helped raise awareness of patient safety issues by developing the organization's first Patient Safety and Professionalism Institute. Mr. Rand's community-minded activities include organizing the PCOM Book Drive for Africa to send used medical textbooks to a hospital in Ghana, and coordinating a school-wide fundraising effort to help a PCOM staff member who lost her house in a fire.
Students Return from Ecuador
||See and hear what life was like for |
the first-year DO students who
spent a month in Ecuador working
with Physicians for Humanity,
a clinic established by Nicholas
Bower, DO '05. Click here.
Day of Service
More than 170 students spent Saturday, Oct. 10 beautifying two local underserved elementary schools. The students cleaned, painted, landscaped and tended to maintenance issues that had been neglected for years. Students erected a free-standing basketball net for one school
without a gymnasium and donated basketballs and kick balls.
The SGA garnered support from students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician
Assistant Studies, Biomedical Sciences and Psychology Programs. Twenty-six of the volunteers
included the entire 2010 class in the Master's in School Psychology. The students received
generous donations from local businesses for supplies needed to carry out the projects.
This was the first of what the SGA hopes will be a continued legacy of service.
Christine Mount, PA-C, on the 10Show!
|Christine Mount, PA-C, assistant professor, physician|
assistant studies, talked with NBC's Lori Wilson about
Lyme disease. To view the segment, click here.
DO Commencement 2009
|270 doctor of osteopathic medicine students became|
physicians on May 31, 2009 at The Academy of Music.
Civil rights and osteopathic medicine pioneer William G.
Anderson, DO delivered the commencement address. NBC10
was there. To see coverage of the commencement, click here.
Walk the Talk
Sponsored by PCOM's student group Physicians for Social Responsibility, 40 PCOM students, including 20 men in high heels, participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The international men's walk was created to bring awareness to the problem of violence against women. The walk raised over two hundred dollars for Laurel House, a domestic-violence agency in Norristown, PA.
||PCOM's Alzheimer's research and faculty/student collaboration was featured on NBC10. To view the broadcast, click here.|
A new DO student is helped into his first
In a traditional rite of passage, first-year DO and Physician Assistant students began their academic year with a White Coat Ceremony.
The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association donated white coats to the 271 Philadelphia first-year DO students. Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association donated white coats to the 86 first-year DO students, and the 54 new PA students received their white coats courtesy of the late Sara Somers Rupert, RN '33, and her daughter M. Kimberly Ruppert, PhD.
The event emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient.
New Woman on Campus
||The Robert Berger, DO, Clinical Learning and Assessment |
Center in Philadelphia and the GA-PCOM simulation lab
have both acquired new simulators, Noel and her baby,
Hal. Noelle replicates a wide array of realistic labor and
delivery scenarios. She can have a problem-free delivery
or experience a variety of complications including breach
birth, preeclampsia and a prolapsed cord emergency, to
name just a few. She can also deliver by Caesarean
section. Hal can also exhibit a range of neonatal
complications. Like the other human patient simulators,
both Noelle and Hal have heart, lung and breath sounds a
nd pulses, and they respond to a wide range of clinical interventions.
PCOM Signs Agreement with Brenau University
PCOM and Brenau University have signed an agreement to create a five-year accelerated BS/MS degree in physician assistant studies. Students will complete a three-year specialized pre-professional program at Brenau, located in Gainesville, Georgia, and conclude their education at PCOM's physician assistant program in Philadelphia. The affiliation creates spots for 15 Brenau students.
"This is a great opportunity that gives our PA program the potential to expand, subject to accreditation approval," says John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C, chair, physician assistant studies. "A factor limiting the growth of our program is the availability of clinical placements, and Brenau has a commitment from Northeast Georgia Medical Center and The Longstreet Clinic to provide all seven required rotations for the Brenau graduates."
Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, vice president for graduate programs and academic planning, notes that this agreement "is the perfect marriage between our goals of expanding our PA program and of training medical professionals to serve in the south."
Brenau students will begin arriving on campus in 2012.
Ed Schrader, PhD, (left) president,
Brenau University and Matthew Schure, PhD, president and chief executive officer,
PCOM shake hands following the
signing of an agreement creating an accelerated five-year bachelor of science/master of science degree in physician assistant studies while
officials from both institutions look on. (Photo by Tom Askew)
Graduate Programs Commencement
More than 230 PCOM students in various graduate programs earned master's or doctoral degrees at the College's ninth graduate programs commencement on July 25. Degrees were awarded in clinical psychology, school psychology, counseling and clinical health psychology, organizational development and leadership, forensic medicine, biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies.
Barbara J. Byrne, PhD, senior vice president emeritus for academic affairs, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, presented the commencement address and was awarded an honory doctor of laws degree. Aaron T. Beck, MD, director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Dr. Beck created the field of cognitive behavior therapy on which PCOM's psychology programs are based.
|PCOM President Matthew Schure, PhD
hoods Dr. Aaron Beck.
|Dr. Barbara J. Byrne presented the|
|Richard Pascucci, DO, senior associate
dean of clinical education, PCOM, hoods his
daughter, Amy, who earned her master's
degree as an educational specialist
in school psychology.
| Two graduates enjoy their momement|
Dr. Rani Bright Named Lindback Award Recipient
PCOM graduated 256 doctors of osteopathic medicine at their 117th commencement ceremony Sunday, June 1 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter provided the commencement address. The mayor shared the story of his thwarted plan to become a physician and encouraged the graduates to return to the city after their training is complete.
Also during the ceremony, Sherman L. Townsend, chairman, Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research was presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree in appreciation of his advocacy for quality medical education
Andrew D. DeMasi, DO '47, retired clinical professor and physician, obstetrics and gynecology, was named professor emeritus.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
presented the keynote address at
PCOM's DO commencement.
Rani Bright, MBBS, assistant professor, pathology, microbiology/immunology and forensic medicine received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. The Lindback Award recognizes academic excellence and outstanding teaching and is one of the most prestigious awards conferred upon a faculty member.
Dr. Bright is a certified High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director through the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and a faculty at ABB. She has published several papers on "Emerging Infections" and "Travel Medicine" in the magazine of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.
Dr. Bright graduated from Rewa Medical College with a British Commonwealth degree (MBBS) and did her one year rotating internship at S.S. Medical College, Rewa, M.P., India and residency in pediatrics at Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Rewa.
Dr. Bright is a member of ABB, ASM, Global Health Council and the American College of Physicians. She also serves as a consultant to NBOME.
GA-PCOM Graduates First Class
GA-PCOM's first graduating class
from the biomedical sciences program
GA-PCOM's first graduating class of biomedical sciences students received their master's degrees on May 18. True to GA-PCOM's goal of training physicians from the south in the south, seven of the 13 graduates will enter medical school in southern states. Three of those will be members of the class of 2012 at GA-PCOM. One graduate, Rouenne Abasolo, will move north to enroll in PCOM's DO program.
DO Day on the Hill
More than 100 PCOM DO students from both Pennsylvania and Georgia traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with their congressional representatives and staff to discuss, among other topics, the Save Medicare Act of 2008, which would reverse a projected 10 percent cut in Medicare and TRICARE payments to doctors.
Students also asked their representatives to sign the Gordon Matheson, Dent, Kirk Dear Colleague Letter that calls upon Congress to act immediately to address physician payment cuts.
Also on the day's agenda was childhood obesity. DO Day on Capitol Hill is the preeminent opportunity for DOs and DO students from across the country to lobby members of Congress and their staff.
PCOM DO students with Congressman Patrick Murphy from Pennsylvania's 8th District.
Arthur Sesso, DO '81 Receives Galen S. Young, Sr., DO '35 Chair in Surgery
Arthur Sesso, DO '81, professor and chair, department of surgery, and program director, general surgery residency, is the first recipient of the Galen S. Young, Sr., DO '35, Chair in Surgery.
The Chair was established by the PCOM Board of Trustees in 2007 as a tribute to Dr. Young. In recognition of his bequest, the Young Chair will remain at PCOM in perpetuity. Dr. Young was a valued member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine community for more than eight decades. A distinguished and caring surgeon, educator and administrator, Dr. Young devoted his life to the osteopathic medical profession and to PCOM.
Dr. Sesso, center with Galen Young, Jr. DO '65 and Mrs. Young.
Dr. Sesso has served as a member of the PCOM department of surgery since 1981, teaching medical and physician assistant students the art and science of surgery. Among his teaching methods has been the incorporation of case-based learning scenarios into the curriculum using state-of-the-art training simulation technology that develops coordination, technique, and precision.
PCOM Research in the News
Hundreds of young lives are lost each year to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). A leading cause of SADS is Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). While most people have never heard of this condition, it is three-times more common in the U.S. than childhood leukemia.
LQTS is a disorder of the heart's electrical system. The condition leaves the patient vulnerable to fast, chaotic heartbeats that may lead to fainting -- and in some cases, cardiac arrest and possibly suddent death. Most of these deaths can be prevented if LQTS is diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, because there are often no signs or symptoms of this genetic disorder, LQTS frequently goes undiagnosed.
Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, associate professor, vice-chair and director of PCOM's clinical PsyD program, discovered her daughter has LQTS soon after she was born two years ago. The family is never far from her automatic external (heart) defibrillator (AED). Discovering there is no literature concerning how this condition impacts the lives of those living with LQTS, their families and caregivers, Dr. Felgoise, working with PCOM graduate students and pediatric cardiologist Victoria Vetter, MD, of Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia has initiated the first psychosocial study of LQTS. Dr. Felgoise discussed her research on the 10Show. To view the segment, click here.
Governor Rendell Promotes Health Coverage Plan at PCOM
PCOM President and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD, left,
welcomed Governor Rendell to campus.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell held a press conference at PCOM on January 14 to discuss his health care coverage proposal, Cover All Pennsylvanians (CAP). The Program, part of his Prescription for Pennsylvania, offers affordable basic health coverage to small businesses and the uninsured through the private insurance market. Governor Rendell said all uninsured Pennsylvanians, no matter the size of their employer, will be able to purchase affordable health insurance through CAP.
Joining the Governor were representatives from POMA, The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, State Senators Vince Fumo and Vincent Hughes and State Representative Kathy Manderino.
James H. Black, DO '62
O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal
During a distinguished military career that spanned 24 years and two oceans, Dr. Black was one of the first osteopathic physicians to be
selected for flag rank by the Navy, retiring as a rear admiral in 1998. Throughout his years of service, Dr. Black remained intensely loyal
to his osteopathic roots and to PCOM. A charter member and past
president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and
Surgeons (AMOPS), he worked tirelessly to raise awareness and
respect for osteopathic physicians within the Navy.
Dr. Black first learned about osteopathic medicine from his family
physician, the late William Martz, DO '50. "Looking at the patient as
a whole person and not a disease seemed like a good philosophy to
me," says Dr. Black.
Before joining the Navy, Dr. Black and several of his fellow physicians started what would
become the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Now part of the University of North Texas,
Dr. Black also served as a member of the school's admissions committee and was appointed a
Dr. Black emphasizes the importance of giving back to PCOM. "Without the College, none of
us would be where we are today," he stresses. As a member of PCOM's Board of Trustees and
past president of the Alumni Association, Dr. Black continues to give back in a myriad of ways. "I have great pride in the College and I'm committed to seeing that we continue to maintain our
excellent standing among medical schools."
Sallee Ann Eckler, PhD (DO '08)
Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal
For Sallee Anne Eckler, PhD, (DO '08), the 2004 tsunami in
Southwest Asia was a defining moment. Inspired by the desire to
provide meaningful assistance to the victims of this disaster, she
created the campus-wide "Sacrifice-2-Save Tsunami Campaign."
The campaign raised almost $12,000 for the American Red Cross.
But that was only the beginning of Dr. Eckler's efforts to serve
others. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast the following
year, she organized another Sacrifice-2-Save campaign, collecting
money as well as clothing and food that PCOM students transported
to New Orleans. As president of PCOM's Student Government
Association (SGA), Dr. Eckler had the opportunity to present her philanthropic idea to the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. As a result,
other osteopathic medical schools initiated similar programs.
Dr. Eckler has also stepped up to serve her fellow students. When the first class of students
arrived on the Georgia Campus in 2005, she flew down to help introduce them to life at PCOM.
She then went a step further and initiated a very successful "Big Brothers, Big Sisters" program, matching first-year students in Georgia with second-year students in Philadelphia.
Dr. Eckler is a recipient of the Morton E. Terry Memorial Student Leadership Award, the Martha
and Michael J. Avallone Memorial Scholarship and the PCOM Alumni Association Scholarship.