Our Programs
Office of Diversity and Community Relations

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations coordinates several community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Click on the links below to learn more.

Community Outreach Programs

Perry Initiative

The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college, and medical school. These day-long programs are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopaedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field.

Community and Minority Outreach

The Office of Admissions provides opportunities for young people to learn about the medical professions, scientific inquiry, and much more through several innovative Community and Minority Outreach programs and events. Read more:

PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is working to help raise interest in science, technology, engineering, and math—plus medicine (STEM+M) at the high school and undergraduate level through its Science and Math Summer Academy (formerly known as the PCOM Opportunities Academy). Click on the links below to read more:

Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Initiatives 

The Diversity Speaker Series at PCOM

The Diversity Speakers Series is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine community. This series is designed to introduce an essential component of education in helping audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations at PCOM strives to provide an avenue to promote ethnic diversity and multicultural awareness through increased interaction with high profile multicultural scholars, dignitaries and personalities on our campus.

For more information on The Diversity Speakers Series at PCOM, contact:

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations
Rowland Hall, Suite 415

Featured Speakers

Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, MBA
Marci Bowers, MD

When Cultures Meet

When Cultures Meet is a one-day workshop which blends dynamic merging culture exercises, thought-provoking strategic frameworks, and concrete application activities.  The workshop answers the question: How do we meet the challenge of combining unique strengths of the parts to create a more powerful and effective whole?

After a day of engaging, thought-provoking exercises where participants are able to get a better understanding of what other people in the organization are facing, they walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of the human issues involved in the meeting of two or more cultures
  • More confidence in their ability to function effectively in that process
  • An appreciation for the value of organizational cultures different from their own
  • A recognition of the implications of being “dominant” and “other”
  • A concrete framework for developing vibrant communities that maximize the contributions of its members


PCOM's SafeZone program is open to all faculty, students, administrators and staff.




To provide a safe, supportive network for Faculty, Staff and Students to share successful best practices, research, and personal stories that encourage open and inclusive campus climates for LGBTQIA individuals.


To foster understanding of the LGBTQIA community and their health needs and to integrate them into the campus culture. This will be achieved by providing information on professional development opportunities, successful practices, and a support network for professionals of all identities as they advocate for all students, whether LGBTQIA-identified or not.


Council Contacts

Georgia Campus LGBTQIA Co-Chairs

Beth Levine
Email: elizabethlev@pcom.edu

Tamara Scaccia
Email: tamarasc@pcom.edu

Pennsylvania Campus LGBTQIA Co-Chairs

Marcine Pickron-Davis
Email: marcinepi@pcom.edu

Yuma Tomes
Email: yumato@pcom.edu



The Student National Medical Association Leadership Conference was held Saturday, September 30, 2017. The When Cultures Meet event was co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions and the Office of Diversity and Community Relations.