PCOM Receives National Honor from HEEDSeptember 15, 2015
Today, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2015 Higher
Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine,
the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient
of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities
that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—PCOM will be
featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into
Diversity magazine. This is the first time PCOM has been named as a HEED Award recipient—an
honor that has never been bestowed upon an osteopathic medical school.
“Diversity is a core value at PCOM,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and CEO.
“As a post-graduate institution that trains osteopathic physicians and health care
professionals, our students need to reflect the patients and the families they will
care for and serve. Our goal is to integrate diversity into the fabric of our soul.
It starts with our Board of Trustees, our leadership team, our faculty, our employees
and our student population.”
“As an institution, we work from the paradigm that academic excellence and diversity
are extricably linked,” said Lisa McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer. “This recognition by INSIGHT Into Diversity is a manifestation of the commitment PCOM has to creating a learning and working
environment that is nurturing and beneficial to all members of our campus community.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PCOM for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in every aspect
of the College, from its recruitment efforts, to its academic offerings, to the physical
space on its Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. Much of this activity has stemmed
from the formation of the President’s Diversity Council, a group of individuals from
both campuses who make recommendations to Dr. Feldstein on matters of equity and diversity,
and provide strategic execution of the College’s Diversity Plan.
“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that
includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and
best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects
of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application
in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and
we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being
accomplished every day across a campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
For more information about the 2015 HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.
About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today
and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award,
the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and
inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity
and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with
innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs.
Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions
and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived,
and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at www.insightintodiversity.com.
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia 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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