PCOM Diversity Programs

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations at PCOM's Philadelphia, PA location coordinates various community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives throughout the year.

Signature Events and Programs

LGBTQIA Inclusive Healthcare Training

PCOM has partnered with the Mazzoni Center, a Philadelphia-based organization, that offers medical trainings on LGBTQA inclusive healthcare. The training is designed for physicians, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, medical students and providers in non-medical settings seeking medical information about LGBTQ communities.

Learning objectives include:

  • Differentiate among the categories of sex at birth, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation;
  • Establish a working knowledge of LGBTQ terminology and identities;
  • Understand the differences between medical, legal and social transitions for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals;
  • Apply three clinical tools for improving services for TGNC patients using case examples;
  • Identify health disparities among TGNC communities and develop tools to increase LGBTQ access to culturally competent care.

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Our office hosts multicultural scholars and dignitaries to lecture on health-related diversity issues in order to bring insight and understanding to the PCOM community. These lectures and discussions are designed to educate audiences to consider perspectives other than their own—encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

Past lectures include:

Women's History Month Lecture

Velma P. Scantlebury, MD, the first African-American female transplant surgeon shared her experiences in medicine to the PCOM community.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Dorothy E. Roberts, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, George A. Weiss University, Professor of Law, presented on "Unconscious Bias in Medicine."

Christopher Coleman, diversity and inclusion expert and founder and CEO of Unconfined Life Institute, presented "Rising Above Expectations" to the PCOM community.

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, Vice-Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn School of Social Policy and Practice, discussed "The 21st Century Challenges of Health Equity."

LGBTQIA Welcome Reception

The LGBTQIA Council, Office of Diversity and Community Relations, and LGBTQ Alliance of Students Organized for Health (LASOH) host a welcome reception for all first-year DO and graduate LGBTQIA students at the beginning of each school year.

Group of 4 female students and faculty smile while holding pride flags at the 2019 LGBTQIA Welcome Reception event

Pipeline Programs

PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy

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.

During the two week summer program, students explore health and science careers by working alongside PCOM students and faculty. Participants engage in a variety of educational activities including working in PCOM's anatomy lab and clinical simulation center.

Get involved:

Contact Alicia Hahn-Murphy at aliciaha@pcom.edu to learn how to get involved.

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African American and Hispanic Male Undergraduate Research Initiative

Through a partnership between PCOM and Cabrini University, this program aims to offer research opportunities for African American and Hispanic male undergraduate science and psychology students.

Cabrini students work with PCOM faculty, students and staff to be part of medical research teams. Over eight weeks, students learned how to formulate research questions and hypotheses, design experiments, record results, interpret data and present their findings as part of an oral presentation at PCOM.

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Office of Admissions Community and Minority Outreach

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

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DLC STEMprep Project Training Program

The DLC STEMprep Project Training Program targets racial groups that have been historically underrepresented in the medical professions for their population size, and who face a health disparities gap. The program supports a pool of gifted students from minority populations with a training model from seventh grade through senior year of college. The students are rotated through basic science labs in academia, the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical industry.

The program is designed to produce candidates for medical degrees and dual medical/PhD programs, with comprehensive training initiatives that span the junior high school, high school and college summers, using an integrated developmental regimen that prepares the students to successfully pursue a research career in medicine. High school students work in a laboratory, learning research skills.

PCOM contributes to the community by partnering with organizations such as The Distance Learning Center (DLC). The DLC is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and mainland Puerto Ricans) in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM).

Community Partnerships

PCOM is proud to partner with the following Philadelphia area schools and organizations:

  • Esperanza High School and Health Center
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Enterprise Center
  • Together for West Philadelphia
  • Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues (BEBASHI)
  • Philadelphia Housing as Health Collaborative
  • Cabrini University

Event Photos

Diversity Dinner
Diversity Dinner
Diversity Dinner
Diversity Dinner
LGBTQIA Welcome Reception
LGBTQIA Welcome Reception
LGBTQIA Welcome Reception
LGBTQIA Welcome Reception
Transgender Medicine Discussion Series
Transgender Medicine Discussion Series
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day
Immigrants, Refugees and Medicine
Immigrants, Refugees and Medicine