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PCOM Georgia Celebrates Doctoral Programs' Graduates


June 2, 2022

A PCOM Georgia graduate is hooded on stageUnder cloudy skies, PCOM Georgia in Suwanee graduated 236 doctoral students on Thursday, May 26 from the Ameris Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Family members and friends gathered at 11 a.m. to celebrate the 123 doctor of osteopathic medicine students, 73 doctor of pharmacy students and 40 doctor of physical therapy students who completed their professional education.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine President and CEO Jay Feldstein, DO ’81, addressed the graduates. He said, “At PCOM Georgia, you have acquired vital knowledge, critical thinking, and clinical skills. You have learned, too, how to pivot and adapt, and how to meet challenges with courage and determination. And resilience. I have never been more proud of a class of students. Go. Step out into the chaos and make use of your gifts for the betterment of the world!”

PCOM Georgia administration, faculty and staff celebrate the 2022 graduates on stagePhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni Anthony J. Silvagni, DO ‘82, PharmD, MSc, FACOFP dist., FCPP, FAFPE, was the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. He was an educator for more than 50 years. Most notably, he is the former dean of osteopathic medicine at the Nova Southeastern University - Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM), serving from 1998 to 2015.

In his remarks, he requested that the graduates work together in health care as a team. “No profession, or more importantly individual professionals, can practice well completely independent in today’s complicated and rapidly changing healthcare environment,” he said. “Today absolutely requires teamwork among all health professionals. Respect each other’s strengths and work together to give the best patient care possible.”

Dr. Silvagni is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a Fellow of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. Among his numerous professional affiliations, he was elected chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans in 2010.

PCOM Georgia students cheer from their seatsDuring the ceremony, Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO ’79, FAAO, was recognized as a professor emeritus. With a distinguished career in medicine and medical education, Dr. Ehrenfeuchter served students and patients as a faculty member at PCOM for a total of 40 years. But, before being employed at the college, he was affiliated with PCOM as a student, intern and resident. He most recently served as a professor and chair of the PCOM Georgia Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for 16 years, retiring in June 2021.

As they were summoned to the stage, the graduates in their caps and gowns received their diplomas and were hooded, before reciting the oaths of their respective professions.

Leading up to commencement, honors brunches, a military pinning ceremony, an awards ceremony and a dinner dance were held to celebrate the graduates.

The ceremony was aired live on the PCOM Georgia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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  • 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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