PCOM Faculty and Staff Recognized for Equity and Inclusion Efforts
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Employees Across Three PCOM Campuses Recognized for DEI Work

December 2, 2022

Dr. Jay Feldstein presents Douglas J. Koch, EdD, with a plaquePhiladelphia 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.

Darnae Parks, MSLD, presents plaques to Stacie Fairley, PhD, and Lastarsha GreeneLastarsha 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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    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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