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PCOM Alumni E-Newsletter for March 2013

Upcoming Events

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Convention Alumni Reception
Friday, March 22, 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Gracia 5 Room
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV

American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation Alumni/Student/Parent/Faculty Reception
Friday, March 22, 2013
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rosen Shingle Creek, Wekiwa 8 Room
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL

Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention Alumni Reception
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Bally's Atlantic City, Tivoli Room
1900 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ

Northeastern Pennsylvania Reception
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Glenmaura National Golf Club
100 Glenmaura National Boulevard
Moosic, PA

GA-PCOM Alumni/Student Networking Event
Friday, April 26, 2013
Dave and Buster's
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA

MS in Counseling & Clinical Health Psychology Networking Event
Saturday, April 27, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bourbon Blue
2 Rector Street
Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Clinical Assembly
May 1-4, 2013
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA

Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 2, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA

GA-PCOM Biomedical Sciences Reunion - Class of 2008
Saturday, May 18, 2013
GA-PCOM Campus
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA

American Academy of Physician Assistants Alumni/Student Reception
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Time TBA
Renaissance Washington DC
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC

Reunion Weekend 2013
May 31- June 1, 2013

Reunion Luncheon for Classes of '63, '58, '53, '48, '43, and '38
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 Classes of '93, '88, '83, '78, '73, '68, '63, '58, '53, '48, '43, and '38
Saturday, June 1, 2013
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA

Organizational Development & Leadership Alumni/Student Networking Event
Friday, June 14, 2013
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Manayunk Brewery
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA




Founders' Day took place on Friday, January 25, 2013. The assembly was held in Ginsburg Amphitheater, Evans Hall, where Saul Jeck, DO, FACOOG, professor and chair of PCOM's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the College's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, received the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal, and Mark Vila, MBA (DO '13), received the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal. Afterwards guests attended a luncheon and enjoyed a birthday cake to celebrate the founding of PCOM.

On the GA-PCOM campus, over 100 faculty, staff and students celebrated Founders' Day with pizza and birthday cake. Annise Chung (DO '13) was named the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal GA-PCOM recipient and will receive her medal at the GA-PCOM 2013 Commencement.

Pictured below from left to right: Mark Vila, MBA (DO '13), Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal recipient, and Saul Jeck, DO FACOOG, O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal recipient.

Pictured below(left), GA-PCOM staff and faculty serve cake to students and (right) Annise Chung (DO '13), GA-PCOM Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal recipient.




Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), (photo below), will serve as Commencement speaker for GA-PCOM on May 19, 2013 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA.



Norman E. Vinn, DO '77, AOA President-elect (photo below), will serve as Commencement speaker for the PCOM DO Class of 2013 on June 2, 2013. Commencement will be held at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA.




The 11th Annual Naomi & Bernard Fisher, DO '52 Distinguished Lectureship was held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Zedeck Family Amphitheater. Randal R. Betz, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, Chief of Staff and Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Shriners Hospitals for Children, presented "Pediatric Spine Care: The continuum of clinical care and research." Students and faculty filled the amphitheater to capacity. Afterwards, Dr. Betz met with students and faculty for an informal reception. Our thanks go to Scot A. Fisher, DO '82, Lynn Fisher, and Gary Fisher, DO '73, for maintaining the legacy of his parents with his continued support of this lectureship series.

Pictured below from left to right: Denah Appelt, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Director of Clinical and Basic Neuroscience, Director of DO/PhD program, PCOM; Lynn Fisher; Randal R. Betz, MD; and Scot A. Fisher, DO '82.



Merion resident and former Pennsylvania State Representative Lita Indzel Cohen, Esq., PCOM trustee, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted a reception for donors to the Food Allergy Research Initiative (FARI) on Tuesday, November 27 at the PCOM campus on City Avenue.

The evening included a buffet dinner, a display of vintage clothing from Philadelphia University, gift bags courtesy of Lord and Taylor and Saks and a presentation by Ms. Cohen and the FARI researchers.

FARI was established by The Honorable Lita Cohen in 2008 in response to her grandson's severe peanut allergy. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of food related death according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. As many as 1.5 million people suffer from the disease according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Under the auspices of PCOM's Center for Chronic Diseases of Aging (CCDA), researchers are targeting the immune system to decrease the severity of allergic reaction to peanuts in the hope of transforming the allergy from a life-threatening to a manageable condition.

Pictured below from left to right: C. Scott Little, PhD, assistant professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at PCOM, lead researcher of the FARI project; Lita Indzel Cohen, Esq., PCOM trustee; and Brian Balin, PhD, professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at PCOM, and the basic science director of PCOM's Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging.


The seven-year joint degree program, affiliated with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, will train physician-scientists who will conduct original, high quality scientific research with the perspective of a clinical practitioner. The Giunta Family Research Scholars will combine didactic learning with research, clinical experiences and full clerkships. This very competitive program is part of a concerted effort by PCOM to place greater focus on research and to graduate osteopathic physicians who will be leading medical researchers of the future.

Pictured below from left to right: Leonard C. Giunta, DO '67; Zein Al-Atrache, the first Giunta Family Research Scholar and PCOM's first DO/PhD student; and Denah Appelt, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Director of Clinical and Basic Neuroscience, Director of the DO/PhD program, PCOM.




This scholarship was established by the West Allegheny Physicians' Association Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation. The recipients are PCOM students from the southwestern Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, or Westmoreland. This year's recipients are Elaine Boron (DO '13); Kathryn Byers (DO '15); Alexandra Evans (DO '16); Joshua Greenleaf (DO '15); and Theo Leoritis (DO '13).

Pictured below from left to right: Kathryn Byers (DO '15); Matthew Schure, PhD, president and CEO; Alexandra Evans (DO '16); and Joshua Greenleaf (DO '15).




For the past twelve years, Matthew Schure, PhD, president and CEO, has been enveloped by the joy of being part of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine community. That joy stems from the high purpose of the College's instructional, research, and service missions, and the dedication and enabling support that the College's faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, and friends bring to their fulfillment. Today, PCOM is in a much stronger position - academically, physically, and financially. The College is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, multi-campus, multi-accredited institution that holds a steadfast commitment to meaningful education and experience, to accountability, to transparency, and to vision. Moreover, the climate of collegiality, camaraderie, and mutual respect in which work is accomplished is an inspiration.

Because so much has been accomplished and the College has proven its efficacy, now is an appropriate time to effect a natural transition in PCOM's administration. Dr. Schure has shared with the PCOM Board of Trustees his intention to retire as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 30, 2014.

During the next 18 months, he looks forward to the fulfillment of many PCOM milestones, including the successful conclusion of our forthcoming Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and Middle States accreditations.



PCOM's Board of Trustees has accepted President Schure's retirement announcement. His service to PCOM - which will continue through June 2014 - has helped position the College for long-term success in fulfillment of the institution's teaching, research, and service missions.

As President Schure satisfies his tenure, the PCOM Board of Trustees will begin the process leading to the selection and appointment of the next president of the College. The Board - cognizant of the utmost priority of succession - will hire and retain a national search firm that will assist in candidate recruitment and initial screening. An internal search advisory committee, with representation of PCOM constituencies, will be organized to work in tandem with the professional search firm. The PCOM committee will interview candidates - who can sustain the College's Mission-centered values and commitments - and present finalists to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

Information and updates regarding the presidential search will be available to the PCOM community as the process moves forward.


2013 Reunion Weekend is getting closer! Join us on May 31-June 1 for a great weekend of catching up with classmates! This year's 50th Reunion Luncheon and Grand Reception have been moved to a new location at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. View a list of events at the PCOM Alumni Facebook page.


On Friday, March 22, 2013, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, the Office of Alumni Relations & Development will host an alumni reception in  the Gracia R Room at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Annual Convention. An invitation was mailed in February and we look forward to greeting you at the reception.


The PCOM alumni/faculty/student mixer at the American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation will be on Friday, March 22, 2013 in the Wekiwa 8 Room at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. An invitation was mailed in February and we look forward to greeting you at the reception. We will be congratulating David Coffey, DO '84, as he is installed as president of the American Academy of Osteopathy.


In conjunction with the Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention, there will be a PCOM alumni reception on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Tivoli Room at Bally's Atlantic City. Come help us celebrate our alumnus, John LaRatta, DO '93, who will be installed as president of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.




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 Dean with crucial, flexible funding to enrich student life, respond to emerging opportunities, and meet pressing needs. Our goal is to raise $1 million to attract and retain high-caliber faculty, develop innovative academic programs, and maintain a minimum tuition increase. Your gifts - no matter the size - make a real impact.


Our spring phonathon will kick off in a few weeks. This is an easy and fast way to make your gift to PCOM. The DO Student Scholarship Fund 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. Alternatively, you can visit our online giving site www.fund.4.pcom.edu or call 215-871-6120.


Carol Fox has been an integral part of PCOM for over 45 years, which is why we are recognizing her years of service by naming Carol A. Fox Office of Admissions. You can honor Carol and everything she has done for the college with a gift to The Carol A. Fox Fund. Gifts of at least $250 will be commemorated on a donor recognition wall in Evans Hall.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Bernard J. Bernacki, DO '81, PCOM trustee, are pleased to bring you news of the opening of PCOM's newest facility in western Pennsylvania - The PCOM Living-Learning Center. This housing and classroom space will be for the benefit of PCOM students who choose their clinical rotations in western Pennsylvania.

PCOM has a strong presence in the west and strongly believes the Living-Learning Center will encourage young physicians to remain in the region for their residencies and after graduation.

There will be many opportunities for area alumni to participate in this newest venture of the College for the future of our profession. The Living-Learning Center demonstrates a serious PCOM commitment to western Pennsylvania and promises to be a terrific enhancement of the PCOM clinical education program regionally.

Updates will be announced as contruction continues.


An excellent way to make a gift is by sponsoring a member of the Class of 2013 for life membership in the Alumni Association for $500. You may designate a specific member or allow us to make the decision. This is a great opportunity to help a new alumnus begin their lifelong relationship with the Alumni Association. Your donation will also go towards the many programs the Alumni Association funds including the D'Alonzo Fund which supports a range of unique student academic activities, the Alumni Association Scholarship which is awarded to students demonstrating financial need, and the Alumni Association Student Loan Fund which offers low interest loans.  Support the Alumni Association


The Alumni Association of PCOM is seeking Alumni from the following areas to serve on the Board as a director: EdS in School Psychology, Physician Assistant, DO practicing in Florida, and DO practicing in one of the following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York.

The Board meets twice a year in January and June and the Director position is for a three year term. If you would be interested in serving on the Alumni Association Board, we would be happy to speak with you further regarding this opportunity. Please email alumni@pcom.edu or call 215-871-6120.


Last Updated: 8/31/15