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PCOM Receives Insight Into Diversity 2020 HEED Award


December 3, 2020

On November 17, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2020 Health Professions 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 Health Professions 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 45 other recipients, in the December 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the sixth year PCOM has been named as a Health Professions HEED Award recipient.

A photo of Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer.“At PCOM, we are continuously focused on expanding our diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we must be intentional about working towards racial equality. The PCOM community remains committed to making these positive changes and we are honored to be recognized for our ongoing efforts.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PCOM for its myriad efforts to support diversity and inclusion on campus. One notable achievement this year was the formation of the President’s Commission on Racial Justice, spearheaded by Dr. Pickron-Davis. The Commission brings together leaders from across the College and aims to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion will be fully integrated into the overall PCOM 2025 strategic plan for the College.

“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,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed 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 done every day across their campus.”

Other recipients of the 2020 Health Professions HEED Award are:

  • A.T. Still University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Frontier Nursing University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS)
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
  • Texas A&M University - College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

For more information about the 2020 Health Professions HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.

For more information about PCOM, visit pcom.edu.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-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 insightintodiversity.com.

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    Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.

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    Associate Director, News and Media Relations
    Email: danielmc1@pcom.edu
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