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Online Presentations and Discussions 
Diversity and Community Relations

PCOM's Office of Diversity routinely hosts online presentations, lectures and discussions on race, equality, social justice and similar topics.

Meta Christy, DO '21: The First Black Osteopathic Physician

Chantel Thompson, DO ‘22, National President-elect of the Student National Medical Association, joins Dr. Barbara Ross Lee in discussion as they reflect on her life as a healthcare provider. They examine the evolution of medical schools from the perspectives of opportunity, social justice, inclusion and the future of medical education for minority students. Dr. Ross-Lee was only the third black osteopathic medical school graduate and became the first black female dean of any medical school in the United States, paving the way for generations to come. Watch now.

Celebrating Dr. Meta Christy: 100th Graduation Anniversary

Stylized logo showing Dr. Meta Christy's graduation profile and showing users to sign the celebratory kudoboard

Something to Talk About - Online Presentation Series

In our Something to Talk About discussion series, PCOM faculty, staff, students and community partners explore the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities and at-risk groups. They also discuss the complexity of race and social justice in the United States.

The State of the Black Male

The State of the Black Male

Jason Walker, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at PCOM South Georgia, moderates a panel of esteemed physicians practicing in the South Georgia region. Together they talk about the identity, health and wellness of the black male in our current racial climate. Panelists include Daryl Crenshaw, MD, Frederick Powell, MD, PhD, and Cheau Williams, MD. They discuss discrimination, microaggressions and racial disparities experienced by physicians of color both in and out of the health care setting; while underlining the importance of increasing the number of black men in medicine through exposure, inspiration and mentorship.


History of Pandemics and COVID-19 in Native American Communities

History of Pandemics and COVID-19 in Native American Communities

Justin McHorse, MS, Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, discussed the history of pandemics on Native American communities and the historical trauma that contributes to health disparities seen today. He utilizes data to highlight the significant health, environmental, structural and economic disparities among Native American populations that put these communities at a significant risk for contracting and experiencing adverse health outcomes due to COVID-19.


The Complexities of COVID-19 and its Impact on Marginalized Communities

The Vulnerability of African Americans During COVID-19

Valerie Cadet, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Forensic Medicine, discussed the social determinants of health that have made African Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Experiences of Asian Americans During the Pandemic

Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Anne Belocura, MS/Biomed ‘20, discussed prejudice and hate crimes against Asian Americans.


The Impact of Stay At Home Orders on Domestic Violence

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Valerie Cadet, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Forensic Medicine, moderated a discussion about the increase of domestic violence during the pandemic. Alina Torres-Zickler, PCOM Equity and Title IX Coordinator, and Haley Clark, Executive Director of Colquitt Serenity House Project, provided data and resources for both advocates and those impacted by domestic violence.


The Vulnerability of Rural Communities and Challenges for the Muslim Community due to COVID-19

COVID-19 and its Impact on Rural Communities

Stacie Fairley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology discussed the unique challenges facing rural communities due to COVID- 19 specifically highlighting its impact on their hospitals, small businesses, factory workers and agricultural practices.

The Impact of Coronavirus on Ramadan

Shafik Habal, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology discussed how the sacred month of Ramadan's observation has shifted due to the social restrictions imposed by COVID-19 limiting the interactions that culminate the religious practice.


Racial Trauma and PTSD

Race, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Lisa Corbin, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Ramona Palmerio-Roberts, PsyD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology discuss how repeated exposure to discrimination, microaggressions and racial disparities has manifested in PTSD and other adverse effects. By dispelling common thoughts and biases, the panelists provide in depth explanations for common misinformed opinions while creating a space for future growth


You, Me and HIV

You, Me and HIV

In honor of World AIDS Day, PCOM’s LGBTQIA+ Council and Diversity Council co-sponsored an opportunity to listen and interact with the inspiring Kim Moon. Ms. Moon is the founder of Positively Beautiful Foundation, a motivational speaker, and an HIV education consultant/advocate/activist. Ms. Moon delivers a powerful message about how to not just live with HIV, but also how to thrive with it. She reminds us that HIV does not discriminate; no one is immune to the disease. Using her own personal struggles and triumphs, she offers advice on how to approach being diagnosed with a fatal disease while emphasizing that a large part of living with diseases is in how one views their life’s purpose. Ms. Moon states, “All you need is one reason to fight.”