Diversity Message From Executive Leadership
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Message from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Leadership about PCOM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion:
Founded in 1899, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a preeminent
leader in promoting diversity and inclusion. Twenty-two years after the college’s
founding, our first African American graduate was a female, Meta L. Christy, a member of the class of 1921. At PCOM, we espouse to grow a culturally competent
workforce to advance medicine that touches the lives of underserved communities. Diversity
and inclusion is the core component of our institutional identity and a key pillar
of PCOM’s strategic visions.
The President’s Commission on Racial Justice was appointed by President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO '81, in July 2020 to further
advance PCOM’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
PCOM ranked first among more than 2,700 institutions across the US for the number
of doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees awarded to students of two or more races,
according to the 2017 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list of “Top 100 Degree Producers” for minority students. The College also ranked third for the number of doctor of
osteopathic medicine degrees awarded to African-Americans, and rounded out the top
100 for doctoral degrees in all disciplines, in the “Total Minority” category.
For the sixth year, PCOM received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication
in higher education. The award recognizes U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic,
nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine affirms that diversity and inclusion
are crucial to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. It is through freedom
of exchange over different ideas and viewpoints in supportive environments that our
graduates develop the critical thinking and citizenship skills that will benefit them
throughout their lives.