PCOM Celebrates HEED AwardDecember 14, 2015
Lenore Pearlstein, Publisher of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, was on campus December
14 to present the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity or HEED award to Georgia
Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). The award was presented in Philadelphia earlier this fall. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is the first osteopathic medical
school to receive this prestigious honor and one of 92 institutions of higher education
to receive the award this year.
Dr. Lisa McBride, Chief Diversity Officer; Dr. Brian Matayoshi, chairman of the Diversity Council; and Dr. Paula Gregory, Assistant Dean, accepted
the award on behalf of the campus. A celebration including food, fellowship and music
by DJ and first-year biomedical sciences student Josiah Fielteau followed the awards
Second-year pharmacy student Kineta Naidu spoke during the ceremony, recalling the
words of former President Jimmy Carter who said, "We become not a melting pot, but
a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different
hopes, different dreams. She said, "We are all working towards the same goal here
at PCOM, and that is to become the best healthcare professionals we can be.
Namrata Patel, a second-year biomedical sciences student, said, "The Diversity Lecture
Series events and Champions of Healthcare have made a huge impact on me personally.
As a second year graduate student, I have had the opportunity to interact with two
former Surgeon Generals of different backgrounds and upbringings that have made a
huge difference in the lives of others. These types of interactions have only made
me realize that nothing is impossible. No color of skin, culture background, or sexual
identity are going to stop me or any one of my peers from achieving their dreams."
Congratulations, PCOM, and Dr. Lisa McBride who received a Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT into Diversity earlier this year.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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