Employees Across Three PCOM Campuses Recognized for DEI WorkDecember 2, 2022
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine recently presented Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards to six faculty and staff
members across its three campuses. The awards were presented to employees who produce
high impact results in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.
Marcine Pickron-Davis, chief diversity and community relations officer said, “I applaud PCOM’s commitment
to formally recognize the contributions of our faculty and staff who advance the College’s
diversity, equity and inclusion mission. Our awardees exemplify excellence and represent
PCOM’s core values.”
At PCOM in Philadelphia, the faculty DEI award was presented to Minal Mulye, PhD, assistant professor of
microbiology and immunology. Dr. Mulye prioritizes inclusive teaching strategies,
and supports her colleagues in developing diverse clinical cases and exam questions.
In addition, she serves on the curriculum committee task force, which develops guidelines
for promoting underrepresented minority faculty.
Douglas J. Koch, EdD, associate director of teaching and learning, received the staff
DEI award. Dr. Koch collaborated with his colleagues to deliver presentations at 11
conferences that highlighted diversity, equity and inclusion at PCOM. Topics included
LGBT Inclusive Medical Education, Infusing DEI into the Medical School Curriculum,
and Using Qualitative Data to Support Diverse Learners. Dr. Koch is an active member
of the LGBTQIA+ Council and Diversity Council.
At PCOM Georgia in Suwanee, Frank Jones, MD, clinical professor of surgery, received the faculty DEI award. He is the founder
of Pre-Med Solutions, an organization that provides mentoring for pre-medical students
who are underrepresented in medicine. The organization created opportunities for PCOM
students to serve as mentors. Dr. Jones, the medical director of Hosea Feeds the Hungry,
supervises PCOM Georgia students who volunteer at events where Atlanta’s citizens
who are facing challenges due to poverty receive a complete holiday dinner, free haircuts
and styling, clothing, employment assistance, as well as free healthcare services.
Lastarsha Greene, assistant director of debt management, received the staff DEI award.
Greene is a member of the PCOM Georgia Diversity Council, having served as co-chair,
chair and now chair advisor. She has planned several community-wide events in honor
of Veterans Day and Black History Month. In her role within Financial Aid, Greene
is an advocate for students, providing them resources for financial wellness.
At PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie, Stacie Fairley, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, received the faculty DEI award.
Dr. Fairley is the faculty advisor for the Opportunities Academy pathway program. She has facilitated several college-wide presentations focused on DEI and includes
cultural and religious topics in interprofessional education activities. Dr. Fairley
has presented at eight conferences on topics including Measuring DEI in PCOM’s Curriculum
and a Novel Five Count Approach to the Opioid Crisis.
Dana Brooks, executive director of admissions, received the DEI staff award and was
honored for her focus on increasing enrollment in Georgia students who are underrepresented
in medicine. In addition, she assisted in the development of DEI training for admissions
committee members on all three campuses. She has established pathway programs prioritizing
students who are underrepresented in medicine and created affiliation agreements with
two historically Black colleges and universities.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a premier osteopathic medical school with
a storied 125-year 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. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia
in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole
person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional
education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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