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PCOM Alumni E-Newsletter for November 2012

Upcoming Events

Founders' Day
Friday, January 25, 2013
PCOM Campus
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 

Student and Alumni Networking Night
Friday, January 25, 2013
Time and location TBA
Philadelphia, PA 

Reunion Weekend 2013
May 31-June 1, 2013

Reunion Luncheon for Classes of '63, '58, '53, and '48
Friday, May 31, 2013
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA

Hospitality Suite
Friday, May 31, 2013
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA

Alumni and Family Luncheon and Campus Open House
Saturday, June 1, 2013
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Evans Hall, PCOM Campus
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Reunion Grand Reception for All Classes
Saturday, June 1, 2013
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA

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20th Annual PCOM Golf Classic

The 20th Annual PCOM Golf Classic, Title Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross and chaired by James Bonner, DO '86, was held on September 24, 2012 at Radnor Valley Country Club. For twenty years, the Classic has raised funds for the five Healthcare Centers that bring essential medical care to underserved communities. A special thanks to Independence Blue Cross for their generous gift, and thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this another great golf outing. Because of their support we were able to raise over $100,000 to directly benefit our Centers. Congratulations to Michael Saltzburg, DO '77 and his foursome (pictured below) for finishing first place in the tournament. Please visit our Golf webpage to see a list of sponsors.


Pharmacy Mentor Program

As part of the Pharmacy Mentor program at GA-PCOM, over 100 first-year pharmacy students were matched up with second and third-year pharmacy students. For one year the mentors will advise the mentees on a variety of topics to successfully navigate professional school.

Pictured below from left to right are Sarah Williford, (PharmD '15); Leonard Knight, (PharmD '16); Farham Ahmed, (PharmD '16); and Simore Afamefuna, (PharmD '14).

GA-PCOM Anatomy Lab

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 to recognize the gifts to the anatomy lab at the Georgia campus.  Over 150 were in attendance as the students expressed gratitude to the donors and their families.


Pictured above from left to right: Ben Morrison, (DO '15); Nathan Greenfield, (DO '15) and Niraj Patel, (DO '15).

Pictured below from left to right: Vendant Gupta, (DO '15), Katherine Crifasi, (DO '15), and Jason Evers, (DO '15).


Founders' Day 2013

On January 25, 2013, Saul Jeck, DO, will receive the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal. Dr. Jeck has been professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at PCOM since 1990. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors including the AMA's Physician Recognition Award, the ACCOG President's and Outstanding Service Awards, the PCOM Service Award, the AOA Mentor Hall of Fame Award, the Dean's Appreciation Award (three years in a row), the Physician Assistant Studies Service Award, and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002. He is a four-time recipient of the Delaware Valley Hospital Distinguished Teaching Award, and was honored by the Zeta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. Dr. Jeck received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of a number of professional organizations and has had several special appointments to the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists including Trustee, Diplomat, First Vice President and President. Dr. Jeck has lectured and published on a wide range of topics.




PCOM Unveils Plans for Western PA

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, PCOM and Heritage Valley Health System signed an
agreement to create housing and classroom space for PCOM medical students who choose to
complete their third- and fourth-year core rotations in Western Pennsylvania. PCOM will convert
the second floor of the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building into a 10-bed living
space and a classroom equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Student use of the facility is
not limited to Heritage Valley Health System clerkships, but can participate in all the Western
Pennsylvania sites. The project is expected to be ready for occupancy by next spring.

Later that evening, the Office of Alumni Relations & Development, Bernard J. Bernacki,
DO '81, William Lamb, Jr., DO '81 and their wives, Mary and Mimi, hosted a reception at the
Pittsburgh Athletic Association to introduce this exciting plan for western Pennsylvania. Before
the reception, there were two presentations for guests to attend: Admissions Information for
Prospective Students by Deborah A. Benvenger, MBA, Chief Admissions Officer, and PCOM
Research Overview by Kenneth J. Slavik, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer. Matthew Schure,
PhD, President and CEO, and Kenneth J. Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs and Dean presented the new plans for western Pennsylvania to over
100 alumni, current and prospective students, parents, hospital and college administrators and
premed advisers. This was an outstanding time for PCOM as the day’s events displayed the
strong bond between PCOM and western Pennsylvania.

For more information on PCOM and Heritage Valley, visit http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2012/10/18/pcom-aids-in-medical-student-housing.html.

Pictured below from left to right are: Heritage Valley Health System President and CEO Norm Mitry; John T. Cinicola, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO of PCOM; Kenneth J. Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of PCOM; and Bernard J. Bernacki, DO '81, PCOM Trustee. 


Pictured below from left to right are: Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO; Michael P. Hahalyak, DO '81, Alumni Association Board Director and Host Committee member and his son, John Hahalyak.



AOA 2012

The Office of Alumni Relations & Development represented PCOM at the 2012 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California from October 7-9, 2012. During that time, alumni and friends stopped by the exhibit booth to say hi, catch up on College news and update their contact information. Then on Tuesday, October 9, there was a reception at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for PCOM alumni and students. The museum, the HMS Surprise and submarines, B-39 and Dolphin, were open to our approximately 300 guests to explore. Guests also enjoyed food, a pirate band and a complimentary photo booth. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year in Las Vegas! Pictured below left to right: Norman E. Vinn, DO '77, President-elect of the AOA and Nate F. DeLisi, DO '82.




ACOS 2012

Alisa Toney, MS, Alumni Relations & Development Officer GA-PCOM, attended the annual meeting of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) held in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. During the Annual Ceremonial Conclave, H. William Craver, III, DO '87, Dean and Chief Academic Officer GA-PCOM, was present to hood Clara Higgins, DO '93 as an ACOS Fellow. Also hooded during the event was Robert James Skalicky, DO '86 by Sherman Leis, DO '67. The Board of Governors elected Richard Kimmel, DO ' 84 as the President-elect of ACOS. Dr. Kimmel will assume the role of President at the 2013 annual meeting in Las Vegas. Pictured below from left to right are Garry Wrobleski, DO '95; Clara Higgins, DO '93; and H. William Craver, III, DO '87, Dean and Chief Academic Officer GA-PCOM.



ACOI 2012

The Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted an alumni hospitality suite at the annual meeting of the American College of Osteopathic Internists held in Orlando, FL. On Thursday, October 18, alumni and their families enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and beverages as they reconnected and discussed their days at PCOM. Alisa Toney, MS, Alumni Relations and Development Officer GA-PCOM, greeted the crowd and gave updates about the Philadelphia campus and the GA-PCOM campus in Suwanee, GA. Pictured below from left to right are Joe Laurenti, DO '10; Brian Friedrich, DO '87; Richard Simons, DO '80; and Jerry Littlefield, DO '77.



President's Recognition Reception

J. Steven Blake, DO '89, M.Sc., FACOI was awarded the President's Leadership Award at the President's Recognition Reception on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Dr. Blake is a member of the PCOM Board of Trustees and a Philadelphia gastroenterologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In March, he pledged $1 million to establish The J. Steven Blake, DO '89 Scholars Society, which is the largest single scholarship assurance for PCOM to date. Initial Blake scholars will be of African American descent, and as the College's endowment grows, the scholarship offering will expand to include students of all races. In addition to Dr. Blake receiving the Leadership Award, Martin S. Neifield, DO '46, Jeffry A. Lindenbaum, DO '75, and Douglas E. Mazzuca, DO '83 became members of the 1899 Society, which recognizes donors who have reached the cumulative giving level of $50,000 or more.*Not pictured but also new members of the 1899 Society are Scot Fisher, DO '82 and Seymour Schlossberg, DO '62.

Pictured below left to right: Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO, and J. Steven Blake, DO '89; Martin S. Neifield, DO '46, Jeffry A. Lindenbaum, DO '75, Douglas E. Mazzuca, DO '83 with Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO 



GOMA 2012

Alumni from osteopathic schools across the nation attended the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association's Fall 2012 CME Conference and Scientific Exhibition. The event took place at GA-PCOM and the Saturday night reception on October 27, was co-hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Development. Dr. Ray Stowers, current president of AOA, was the special guest and he welcomed Dr. Richard Chase as the incoming president. PCOM alumnus, Thomas Bozzuto, DO '80, is the President-elect. Pictured below, left to right: Thomas Bozzuto, DO '80; Melinda Greenfield, DO; Ray Stowers, DO and AOA President; Paula Gregory, DO, Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine GA-PCOM; Craig Kubik, DO; and Richard Chase, DO and incoming president.



Alumni Association of PCOM

The Alumni Association participated in all of the new student orientations at the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses by distributing welcome coffee tumblers to each new student.  Thanks to gifts received, the Alumni Association Scholarship continues to be distributed each year as does the Albert D'Alonzo, DO '56 Memorial Student Fund. Funds are also available for low interest student loans and international clinical rotation opportunities.

Thank you for your support of the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association of PCOM cultivates and fosters relationships among all graduates, students, administration, faculty and staff of PCOM.  Two meetings a year are hosted on the College campus and the Board of Directors actively seek ways to serve the alumni and students.  Please contact us if you would be interested in serving on the Board or ideas you would like to share.

Contact:  Marianne Mancini




Traveling this winter? Be covered!

Missed connections, baggage delays, and Mother Nature can create frustrating travel experiences. Even worse, what happens when your child breaks her ankle a week before you're headed to Disney? Or you've paid for a getaway and you're suddenly needed in the office? Travel insurance through the Alumni Insurance Program covers these situations--and many others you might not anticipate.

In addition to standard Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical policy features, we now offer the following coverages and options:

Cancel for Any Reason up to 48 hours before departure and recoup up to 75% of non-refundable trip costs

Cancel for Work Reasons, which covers an unexpected requirement to work during a planned vacation, transfer to another city, or even the interruption of company operations due to disaster or bankruptcy

Job loss is a covered reason for Trip Cancellation/Interruption

Insure children 17 and under--for free--when they travel with a related adult who is insured

Coverage up to $50 per day for additional pet boarding fees if your return from an international trip is delayed due to in-patient medical treatment

Our Alumni Insurance Program offers a range of travel coverages and other products to protect you and your family members. Learn more and get free quotes at http://meyerandassoc.com/pcom


Fund for PCOM

Impacting lives. Then. Now. For the Future.

We remain committed to our students who are the future of osteopathic medicine. Through prudent budget management and gifts to The Fund for PCOM, PCOM has maintained a 3.5 percent tuition increase—one of the lowest among osteopathic colleges.

This accomplishment would not be possible without your support. Gifts to The Fund for PCOM make a direct impact on campus—and on lives—by providing resources for our students, ensuring that PCOM remains the most sought after osteopathic medical school in the nation and building pride among our students and graduates.

Thank you for your support of the Fund for PCOM. To make a gift now, please access the Donate Now link.


Seeking Full-Time Pediatrician

Stanley Fox, DO '87, recently hired Andrea Hoag, DO, to join his practice, UHS Primary Care in Oneonta, NY. Dr. Fox and Dr. Hoag practice the full spectrum of primary care and OMM. The practice is currently trying to recruit a full time pediatrician to join pediatrician, N. Tarricone MD.

Dr. Fox began his 23rd year in practice in Oneonta on September 6, 2012.

For more information on the position, please contact Dr. Fox (contact information listed below).

UHS Primary Care Oneonta
179 River Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Office Phone   607-432-8477
Cell Phone   607-761-4996


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Last Updated: 8/31/15