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PCOM Alumni E-Newsletter for July 2013

Upcoming Events

North Central Susquehanna Valley Reception
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Pine Barn Inn on the Geisinger, Medical Center campus
1 Pine Barn Place,
Danville, PA ‎17821

21st Annual PCOM Golf Classic
Monday, September 16, 2013
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 
815 Thomas Road
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

8th Annual Penn State Tailgate
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Game time: TBA
Red Reserved Parking Space #341
240 Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA 16802

President's Recognition Reception
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Lotman Lobby, Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Congratulations Graduates!

PCOM’s Class of 2013 saw all of their vigorous study pay off in the College’s 122nd Commencement at the Kimmel Center on June 2, 2013. The College graduated 265 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine candidates. The Graduate programs will host their commencement on July 26 at same venue.
At our Georgia Campus, GA-PCOM's Class of 2013’s years of hard work and sacrifice culminated in their graduation at the Gwinnett Center at 1 pm on Sunday, May 19. There were 124 graduates, including 81 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine candidates, 37 Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences candidates and 6 Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership candidates.


Let us congratulate our graduates on their dreams coming to fruition and their new roles as leaders in their communities.


Matthew Schure, PhD Awarded Robert A. Kistner Award

Congratulations to PCOM President & CEO Matthew Schure, PhD, for receiving AACOM's 2013 Robert A. Kistner Award. Named for Dr. Kistner, who served at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for 26 years, this honor is presented to individuals who have made important contributions throughout their career to benefit and support osteopathic medical education. Under Dr. Schure’s leadership, PCOM founded the Georgia Campus in Suwanee, Georgia, in 2004. In addition to his work at the College, Dr. Schure is a member of AACOM’s Assembly of Presidents.


Lisa McBride, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer

PCOM recently welcomed Lisa M. McBride, PhD, as the College’s first Chief Diversity Officer.

Dr. McBride’s appointment to this inaugural position was based on her experience as Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity as well as the University Ombudsperson at the California University of Pennsylvania, in addition to her many note-worthy accomplishments.  One of the projects that she is most proud of is “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.

One of Dr. McBride’s plans for PCOM is the creation of a diversity council that will include members of the College administration, faculty and staff, students who represent various student groups and members of the community with interest in diversity in higher education.



Alumni Association Life Memberships Sponsored

Graduating seniors for the DO Class of 2013 pose for a photo with J. Steven Blake, DO ’89, PCOM Trustee. Dr. Blake and other alumni purchased life memberships in the Alumni Association of PCOM for these new graduates in an act of generosity recognizing their hard work. A complete list of sponsors is available here.


Leonard H. Finkelstein DO ‘59 Scholarship

The Leonard H. Finkelstein DO ‘59 Scholarship was established with donations by the late Richard M. Papa, DO ‘75 and Leonard H. Finkelstein, DO ‘59, PCOM Chancellor along with family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a 4th year student with a demonstrated interest in the field of urology, as shown by participation in urology conferences, urologic research and/or published writings. This photo shows Dr. Finkelstein, with his scholarship recipient, Michael Nordsiek, DO ‘13. Congratulations Dr. Nordsiek!






Mary F. T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship

The Mary F. T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Conroy by her husband James F. Conroy, DO ‘65, and her children Mary P. Conroy, BS, and Carol E. Conroy, JD.
On April 3, 2013, Dr. Conroy and his scholarship recipient for 2012-2013, Julie Daniel, DO ‘13, met on the PCOM campus for lunch and had their picture taken together. Congratulations Dr. Daniel!



Alumni Weekend 2013

Alumni Weekend 2013 recognized the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993. The weekend kicked off on Friday, May 31 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel with the 50 year reunion luncheon celebrating the Class of 1963. This distinguished class was applauded by members of the Classes of 1953 and 1958. Hal Bendit, DO ’84, President of the Alumni Association was on hand to commemorate the Class of 1963 and present the Certificate of Honor, the Alumni Association’s highest award. This year’s recipients included Joseph Dieterle, DO ’70, Eugene Mochan, PhD, DO ’77 and Pamela J. Ruoff, MS, Interim Chief Advancement Officer. The photo below shows Ms. Ruoff receiving her award.

Hal Bendit, DO '84 presents the
Certificate of Honor to Pamela Ruoff, MS.

Following the luncheon was a Hospitality Suite at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel for alumni to catch up with former classmates. The Office of Alumni Relations and Development was on hand to welcome back alumni and offer information on attractions, sightseeing and restaurants in the surrounding area.
On Saturday, June 1, PCOM welcomed alumni, family and friends back to campus for a BBQ, which involved entertainment for the kids and student led tours of campus.  Stops on the tour included the library, anatomy lab, activity center and clinical learning center where alumni got to witness first hand demonstrations of various patient simulators that current students use. Reunion Weekend concluded later that night with a Grand Reception at the Sheraton Valley Forge. Reunion classes enjoyed a wide variety of food, music and dancing.

The Class of 1963 commemorating
their 50th Reunion.

Special thanks to all alumni who participated this year. Reunion Weekend 2014 will be held May 30-31 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue and is for the following classes: 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 with the class of 1964 celebrating their 50th reunion.


POMA Alumni Reception 2013

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted an alumni reception at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association’s 105th Annual Clinical Assembly at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel.  David Addley, DO '96, was honored as Affiliated Teacher of the Year by Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO and Kenneth J. Veit, DO ‘76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.





Northeastern Pennsylvania Reception

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, PCOM Trustee John P. Kearney and his wife, Lois, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations & Development, hosted a reception at the Glenmaura National Golf Club.  Guests included over 100 alumni, current and prospective students and their parents, pre-med advisers, and hospital administrators.  College updates were given by Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO and Kenneth J. Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

PCOM President Matthew Schure,
PhD, speaks at the reception.

Gerald Shovlin, DO '12, past John
D. Kearney Scholarship recipient,
with John Kearney.



ODL Graduates Dinner 2013

On May 19, 2013, GA-PCOM graduated the inaugural master's class for the Organizational Development & Leadership program.  To celebrate the Class of 2013, a special dinner was held at Ippolito's at Suwanee Town Park the evening of Saturday, May 4. Also recognized were Program Director Jeff Branch, EdD, Assistant Program Director Elizabeth Levine, MA, and lecturer Ellen Gerstein.

Standing left to right in the first row are Jess Villegas, Elizabeth Levine, MA, Kimberly Hicks, Gayle Hayes and Jeff Branch, EdD. Positioned in the second row are Triba Gary-Davis, Ellen Gerstein, Ryan Taylor and Greg Davis.




J. Steven Blake, DO ‘89 Lecture

J. Steven Blake, DO '89, PCOM trustee, was invited by the GA-PCOM Student National Medical Association to present a lecture on Monday, May 6, 2013. He spoke to over 60 students about successfully navigating medical school years and beyond, as well as the pros and cons of private practice. The event was supported by the SNMA, Student Affairs, and Alumni Relations and Development.




GA-PCOM Alumni /Student Networking Event

On Friday, April 26, 2013 the Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted an alumni/student networking event at Dave & Buster's in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Approximately 25 alumni and students attended and enjoyed beverages and hors d'oeuvres while meeting 3rd and 4th year students in the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine. Alisa Toney, MS, GA-PCOM Alumni Relations & Development Officer, was there to greet everyone. 


AAO Alumni-Student-Parent-Faculty Reception

The PCOM Office of Alumni Relations and Development hosted an alumni-student-parent-faculty reception on Friday, March 2, 2013, in conjunction with the American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. At the reception, Evan A. Nicholas, DO '81, associate professor, OMM department, presented the Alumni Association Certificate of Merit to David Coffey, DO '84, of Deatsville, AL. Dr. Coffey was inducted as president of the American Academy of Osteopathy during the Convocation. He is also a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors representing the Southeast District.  Congratulations Dr. Coffey!


AROC Alumni Reception

An alumni reception was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Scott Righter, Special Gifts Officer, and Stephanie Cohen, Annual Giving Officer, hosted the event. Richard Tancer, DO ’84, Secretary of the Alumni Association of PCOM presented Alumni Association Certificates of Merit to John LaRatta, DO '93, who was inducted as president of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Also awarded was Kathryn Lambert, DO '88, who was selected Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Congratulations Dr. LaRatta and Dr. Lambert!

MS in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology Networking Event

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted a networking event for alumni and students of the Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology program at Bourbon Blue in Manayunk, PA. Marianne Mancini, Special Programs and Events Manager greeted guests. There was opportunity for current students to network with Alumni in both the MS and PsyD in clinical Psychology programs. Alumni representing almost every graduating class to date attended.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Gosch, PhD, ABPP, Director of MS Program in Counseling & Clinical Health Psychology, for helping organize the evening. 


ACOFP Alumni Reception 

On March 22, 2013, the PCOM Office of Alumni Relations and Development hosted an alumni reception at the 50th annual American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians convention.  The event was held at the Gracia 5 Room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Carol L. Henwood, DO’83 was appointed President-elect of ACOFP at the reception.


PCOM Alumnus Elected Chair of Lenfest Foundation

PCOM alumnus Keith Leaphart, DO/MBA ’03, has had a diverse career to say the least.
Pursuing his interest in the healthcare industry, Dr. Leaphart enrolled in a dual degree program with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and St. Joseph’s University in 1998. During his education, he purchased a janitorial company with his sister and began spending his nights cleaning the office of H.F “Gerry” Lenfest, major media entrepreneur and chairman of Philadelphia philanthropic powerhouse, the Lenfest Foundation. This would spark a massive network of connections for Dr. Leaphart, leading to his roles as a popular up-scale party planner, President and CEO of digital marketing company Replica Global, and now, after Lenfest’s retirement, the chairman of the Lenfest Foundation. 

As head of one of the most powerful philanthropic organizations in Philadelphia and a native of West Oak Lane, Dr. Leaphart is giving back to his community, allocating $80 to $100 million over the next 15 years to programs outfitted to help the city’s underserved youth.  He plans to establish grants in support of early childhood education, out of school activities and career and technical education. These efforts are designed to be investments in the future professionals of Philadelphia by increasing the employability of younger generations and turning them away from crime.


AHEC and Amanda Fischer’s Journey to Become a DO

Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are non-profit healthcare centers that promote, cultivate, and maintain healthcare education for young people and adults by providing initial exposure to the field and continuing education opportunities. Numbering six in the Georgia Network, AHECs are often where many grade school students get their first hands-on experience with medicine, starting many on their paths to becoming doctors. One of these young professionals is Amanda Fischer, DO ’11.

A native of Claxton, Georgia, Dr. Fischer’s interests growing up ranged from music to physical therapy. After participating in the Southwest Georgia AHEC “Pathway to Medical School” program in her junior year of high school, she knew she wanted to be an osteopathic physician. Shadowing doctors and residents provided her with the raw experience that showed her what she wanted her life to be, and inspired her to go to medical school. Four years of study at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus later, Dr. Fischer is a first year resident at Rome’s Family Practice Residency program, serving the community of her home state.

Clinical Learning and Assessment Lab in Rowland Hall Receives $1 Million Grant

PCOM is building a new clinical learning and assessment center in Rowland Hall. This will expand on the current center which houses more than a dozen high-fidelity robotic simulators, virtual simulators and task trainers. Improving upon this program will broaden learning opportunities for PCOM students, the college’s hospital affiliates and local first responders. The new additions will include several seminar rooms, surgical simulation rooms, clinical examination rooms and a reception area.

Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded a $1 million economic growth initiative grant for the project. The Alumni Association of PCOM made a $100,000 gift and the lobby area will acknowledge their gift toward the Center.  In addition, the Class of 1977 Reunion Project, Danshaw Family, Henwood Family, Class of 1967 Reunion Project, Saltzburg Orthopedic Simulation and Dr. and Mrs. Joseph and Loretta Clements have all pledged their support of the project.


Sewickley Housing Facility and "Smart Classroom"

PCOM will open a 10-bed living area and classroom equipped with state-of-the-art learning tools in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building in Western Pennsylvania.  PCOM signed an agreement with Heritage Valley Health System to create this space for students who want to complete their third and fourth-year core rotations in the region encompassing Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties, which includes the sites of Heritage Valley, UPMC and West Penn. The technology integrated into this “smart classroom” will allow for on-site instruction as well as long distance lectures. PCOM students who come from western Pennsylvania and want to return to their home areas to serve their community during their clerkships and residencies will now be able to do so. In addition, Heritage Valley President and CEO Norm Mitry believes that students that participate may remain in the area and establish local medical practices after graduation. Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medicine Association District 8 made a $30,000 pledge to name the smart classroom.


The Annual Fund of PCOM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012-2013 campaign. We are proud to announce that we have met our goal of $1 million.  We would like to express our deep appreciation to the alumni, parents, employees, corporate partners and other friends who made contributions this year to PCOM.  Our donors’ continuous demonstrations of support and dedication help make PCOM stronger every day.
You have all made an impact on the future of PCOM and we thank you.


The Alumni Association of PCOM

The Alumni Association needs you! Its mission is to promote the interest and welfare of our alma mater along with alumni and students.  The Alumni Association enjoys the success it does because of the active involvement of its members.  The Association is a separate entity from the College and maintains its own fundraising efforts, which support students with scholarships, fellowships, grants, and low interest loans, as well as subsidizing many alumni programs, seminars, and special events. To contribute to the Alumni Association click here.


PCOM Golf Classic

PCOM’s 21st Annual Golf Classic Title Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross will be held on September 16, 2013 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. We are thrilled to be hosting our event at this wonderful course. The outing will support PCOM’s five Healthcare Centers providing critical health services to underserved and at-risk populations in North and West Philadelphia, Roxborough, Wynnefield Heights and Laporte, PA in rural Sullivan County. Many families who visit our Centers have no insurance and they depend on our Centers for essential medical and mental health needs.

The co-chairs of the event are James Bonner, DO ’86 and Carol A. Fox, MM. You can be a part of this great event by being a sponsor, golfing, buying an ad or donating a silent auction item.  Examples of auction items include tickets to Phillies, Eagles, 76ers or Flyers games, a foursome to a country club or a stay at a vacation home in the mountains or at the shore. Your gift will be acknowledged with a listing of you or your company's name in our Program Book and website. For more information please contact Marianne Mancini at 215-871-6121 or mariannema@pcom.edu.


Stay Safe This Summer with Pool Safety Tips Courtesy of Liberty Mutual

Did you know that each year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools? Your greatest assurance for water safety is adopting and practicing as many safety measures as possible for your pool and the area around it. Even one can make a difference—and save a life. Make sure to practice supervision, install barriers, avoid entrapments like missing drain covers or suction outlets, promote diving safety with signs and properly installed equipment and learn life-saving skills such as CPR. For more information about pool safety, visit www.PoolSafely.gov.

The Alumni Association is proud to partner with Liberty Mutual for the Alumni Insurance Program.  To learn more about Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-524-9400 or visit www.LibertyMutual.com/pcom.


New Loan Repayment Option and Loan Forgiveness Available

In the last few years the federal government has made some changes to help graduates obtain a reasonable loan repayment plan as well as provided a federal loan forgiveness program for those working for non-profit employers.

The Income Based Repayment Program (IBR) can significantly reduce monthly payment amounts based on income and family size. IBR can offer a more affordable payment for many graduates.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) allows borrowers to qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on eligible federal student loans after making 120 payments under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.
To learn more about these programs, please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov or contact your student loan servicer.





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