PCOM's Brothers in Medicine Continue Their Community Work
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Brothers in Medicine Continue Their Work in the Community

April 25, 2024

PCOM DO students as part of the Brothers in Medicine student group smile with community physicians during a public health event in Germantown, PAOn April 20th, members of Brothers in Medicine volunteered at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Germantown, PA. The “Know Your Numbers” health fair was specifically tailored for Black men in the community to stay up to date with their health numbers.

“Brothers in Medicine's involvement stemmed from our ongoing collaboration with the Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) director, Flo Byarms, to identify community outreach opportunities,” said osteopathic medical student Owen McLeod (DO '26).

“When the event presented itself as another community engagement opportunity, we joined forces to support the initiative. This participation reflects our dedication to promoting health awareness and addressing healthcare disparities within our community,” he shared.

From blood pressure checks to PSA tests, attendees received comprehensive health services. Volunteers also focused on educating men about the higher risks of prostate cancer and peripheral vascular disease in the community.

PCOM med students conduct blood pressure screenings on a patient during a health fairThe event wasn't just about health screenings. Participants were also offered access to haircuts, an expungement clinic and panel discussions.

“A lot of men who came and saw us were able to feel more comfortable and also felt happy to see us in that space,” said Simon Ogunleye (DO '26). “It was inspiring for most of them and a great experience, as we were making a difference in getting men to take better care of their health.”

While Brothers in Medicine has many focuses, the community engagement piece remains an integral part of their mission.

“Our goal in coming together for events like this is two-fold,” said McLeod. “To develop our skills as future clinicians and to positively impact the narrative of medicine for the African American community.”

Ogunleye agreed, adding, “It is important to have this representation because the statistics show that representation matters. Being able to be in the community and speak to individuals who look like us about health issues helps move the needle forward, no matter how small it may be.”

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