Library Celebrates Milestone

October 22, 2015

The PCOM Library celebrated a major milestone this fall, as it celebrated five years and more than 500,000 downloads of theses, dissertations, faculty articles, posters, notes on PCOM history and more through the DigitalCommons@PCOM.

library partyThe PCOM Library recently celebrated five years and more than 500,000 downloads of scholarly materials through the DigitalCommons@PCOM.

In a celebration during Open Access Week—an international effort that promotes ways to increase access to research work and publications— Stephanie Ferretti, chief library services officer, said that the open access model adopted by DigitalCommons fosters collaboration, as researchers can obtain documents with relative ease to build on existing projects.

DigitalCommons by the numbers:

Among the intellectual work that has been deposited, there are

  • Nearly100 biomedical studies theses.
  • Over 200 evidence-based medicine reviews from physician assistant studies.
  • Almost 350 Psychology dissertations.

Downloads by the numbers:

  • 367,762+ psychology downloads—more than 100,000 in the past year
  • 65,000+ physician assistant studies downloads
  • 500,881+ full-text downloads


About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained over 13,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.


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Renee Cree
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Office: 215-871-6304 | Cell: 267-449-1360 


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