To Our Community: A Call For StrengthJune 1, 2020
Dear Members of the PCOM Community:
As a community of medical, health and behavioral science professionals, we celebrate
the universal sanctity of human life. But the senseless killings of George Floyd,
Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and other recent tragedies, make far too apparent
that not every life is valued equally within our society. We stand in unity with our
African American communities, but understand these are issues that impact our society
as a whole.
The clear disparities in justice align closely with many of the disparities we see
in healthcare, and the root causes are the very societal ills we aim to overcome.
And through our work—whether as students, educators or health professionals—we must
do our part to work toward a more just, fair, and equitable society.
We can only undertake this challenge together.
In this moment, the PCOM mission has never been more poignant, as it speaks to advancing
the well-being of the community through leadership and service. We are proud of the
entire PCOM Community for their passion, their advocacy, and their drive for change.
We recognize and acknowledge the anguish that these recent incidents are causing for
our PCOM students, faculty, and staff. With this in mind, on Thursday, June 4, at
4 p.m., the Office of Diversity and Community Relations will be co-sponsoring a virtual Community Gathering in concert with the Student National
Medical Association (SNMA) and the Student Government Association (SGA) for our students.
Further details will be shared in a subsequent message. This will allow a space to
reflect on the recent crisis and disruptions that are impacting our lives. A virtual
Community Gathering will also be offered for our faculty and staff. The details on
that event are forthcoming.
During this unprecedented time of immense challenge, we will work together to be a
beacon to fulfill our mission in support of education, care and healing, connection,
and service to each other and our community.
Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer