White Coat Ceremony
In a significant rite of passage, first-year DO students began their academic year with a White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony establishes a psychological contract for beginning medical students that stresses the importance of caring for patients as well as curing patients. A tradition at most medical colleges, the first White Coat Ceremony was initiated by The Arnold P. Gold foundation, a public, not-for-profit charity dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine. "To a physician, understanding the emotional needs of a patient should be as important as knowledge of physical anatomy," says Gold.
July 2004Graduate Degree Commencement
Commencement for the graduate degree programs was held on Friday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. A total of 177 degrees were awarded in the following programs: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. This year marks the first class of graduates in the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine program.
PCOM Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Paul Ballas, DO `04 was one of 238 graduating DO students.
PCOM´s 113th DO commencement was held at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, June 6 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Commencement speaker was world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D. Despite growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, horrible grades, a terrible temper and low self-esteem, Dr. Carson achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, he is also a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics. Dr. Carson has written three books, which provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life.
The College bestowed the title professor emeritus on two alumni: Simon M. Lubin, DO `38, FACOOG, MD and Marvin Rosner, DO `57, FACOI, FACC.Information Sessions
Information sessions for PCOM´s graduate degree programs will be held from 6 - 8 pm in Evans Hall on June 9, July 14 and August 25. Information sessions for the doctor of osteopathic medicine program will be held from 1 - 3 pm in Evans Hall on June 16 and 23; July 7, 14, 21 and 28 and August 4. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-999-6998.
Organizational Development and Leadership Open House
PCOM´s Master of Science Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change and leadership. ODL skills enhance personal marketability and competitiveness in the quality of one´s own job or the organization in which one works. Come and learn more about this program at the open house Friday, May 7, 6-8 pm, Evans Hall, Room 237 A&B, PCOM campus, 4170 City Ave. For more information, contact Diana Carrero at 800-999-6998. Learn more about the Master of Science Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership.
The annual observance of Founders´ Day honors the founders of PCOM: Oscar John Snyder, DO and Mason Wiley Pressly, DO. Dr. Snyder, who "put the cause of osteopathic medicine above personal considerations," was the College´s first president and remained with the school for 42 years as an advisor and member of the board of trustees. Dr. Pressly, a Presbyterian minister and well-known orator, was PCOM´s first teacher, and he remained on the faculty until 1904. The O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal is the College´s highest award, presented to reward and recognize leadership to the osteopathic profession and to the College. The Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal is presented to the student who is recognized by students, faculty and the administration as "Student DO of the Year." The recipient is honored for outstanding achievement and service to the College, the community and the osteopathic profession.
The recipient of this year´s O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal is Herb Lotman, LLD (Hon.), chairman, PCOM Board of Trustees. Lotman joined the board in 1990, and in 1992 he was unanimously elected chairman. Lotman used his business and corporate experience and skill to take the College to a new level. He turned PCOM into a financially stable institution. Under his leadership, the College rose from the brink of bankruptcy to financial stability. The campus flourished with renovations and PCOM now has the distinction of being one of the largest medical schools in the country. Lotman backed the difficult, but wise, decision to sell the hospital, and he helped the PCOM Foundation grow to almost $90 million. PCOM President and CEO, Matthew Schure attests that "Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine owes its very existence to Herb Lotman."
The recipient of this year´s Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal is fourth-year medical student Stacey Franz. As a physical therapist with a master´s degree, Franz was anxious to do more for her patients. "I wanted to treat the whole patient and incorporate preventative, curative and rehabilitation medicine," she says. "When I was in college, I learned about the Humanistic concept, which incorporates the spirit, mind and body. When I started looking at medical schools, I learned about PCOM and the osteopathic philosophy and it was clear I would be able to care for my patients in a more complete way." As the 2004 Mason Pressly winner, Franz is well on her way to becoming the outstanding physician she aspired to be. Along the way, she has found time for a variety community volunteer activities, she has been published and has given back to the college as managing editor, PCOM Synapsis yearbook, class representative and recording secretary for the PCOM student government association. president of PCOM sports medicine club and co-chair, PCOM financial aid committee.
In the News
Dr. John Becher, Chairman, Emergency Medicine Department, was among those personally thanked by New Jersey Governor McGreevey for responding to the tragic collapse of the Tropicana Garage in Atlantic City in November. On a happier note, Dr. Becher attended the signing of the "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act" by President Bush at the White House last month.