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Alumni Events

POMA
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
Villanova/Wayne Rooms
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.
Bahama Breeze
3590 Breckinridge Blvd.
Duluth, GA
 
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
Suwanee, GA
 
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.
Lawrenceville, GA
 
AAPA Conference 2014
Saturday, May 24-Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Boston, MA
 
Physician Assistant Alumni and
Student Reception
Saturday, May 24, 2014
5:30pm- 7:30pm
The Whiskey Priest
150 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
 
GA-PCOM Commencement
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Gwinett Center
Duluth, GA
 
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
Philadelphia, PA
 
Reunion Luncheon for Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944
Friday, May 30, 2014
12:00pm
Borghese Room,
Hilton Philadelphia
City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Hospitality Suite
Friday, May 30, 2014
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Borghese Room,
Hilton Philadelphia
City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Campus Open House & Alumni/Family Luncheon
Saturday, May 31, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm
PCOM Campus
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Reunion Grand Reception for ALL Reunion Classes
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Grand Ballroom, 
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
PCOM Class of 2014 DO Commencement
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 
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 alumni@pcom.edu

 

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Featured Articles

2014 Founders’ Day

Reunion

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 first responders.
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 and Dean.

 

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

 

Featured Awards

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 alisato@pcom.edu 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.

 

Planned Giving

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

215-871-6120 │scottr@pcom.edu

http://pcom.plannedgiving.org/

 

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 by phone.

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 network professionally.
 
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.

 

PCOM Legacies

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 know. 
Generations of families have passed on the PCOM tradition to their family members, and we want to help celebrate this special relationship. 
Kindly respond to alumni@pcom.edu
 

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.
 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to pwc.media@gmail. Feel free to learn more about their practice at: http://www.physiciansweightcontrol.com/

Job Postings

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 visit:

https://www.facebook.com/PCOMAlumni/notes

 



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