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.

Education Programs and Inclusion Initiatives

Transgender Medicine Video Series

Join Anne Koch, DMD, adjunct assistant professor of endodontics and a member of the board of overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, as she invites guest speakers to discuss best practices for health care of transgender patients in this five-part series. Dr. Koch, underwent gender affirming surgery, transitioning from male to female, at age 63 and is a trailblazer in transgender medicine.

Kathy Rumer, DO, and Anne Koch, DMD, smile in a PCOM classroom before beginning their discussion

LGBTQA 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.

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 on March 14, 2019.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Dorothy E. Roberts, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, George A. Weiss University, Professor of Law, visited PCOM on January 17, 2019 to present 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 on January 17, 2018.

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, Vice-Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn School of Social Policy and Practice, discussed "The 21st Century Challenges of Health Equity" at PCOM on January 16, 2018.

Jay Feldstein, DO, Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, and David Simon, JD, pose and smile

LGTBQIA Welcome Reception

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Ally (LGBTQIA) Council, the Office of Diversity and Community Relations, and the LGBTQ Alliance of Students Organized for Health (LASOH) sponsored a welcome reception for all first-year DO and graduate LGBTQIA students.

Group of students posing for the camera and enjoying the LGBTQIA Welcome Reception in August 2018.


Outreach Programs

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. Read more in select news stories below:


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).

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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. 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).


View past event materials at the PCOM Digital Commons.


Event Photos

Transgender Medicine Video Series

Women's History Month Lecture

Celebrating Black History Month

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

World AIDS Day

Immigrants, Refugees and Medicine

Student National Medical Association Leadership Conference