After screening a film on race and health care, five former U.S. Surgeons General
participated in a roundtable Q&A.
On Thursday, September 23, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Office of Diversity and Community Relations sponsored a two-part event focused on equity in access to healthcare during the COVID-19
pandemic. The first part of the event featured the debut of Open Season: Racism and Health Disparities, The Two Deadliest Diseases in America, directed by Crystal R. Emery. The second part of the event included a roundtable
discussion with five former US Surgeons General. The event was hosted by the TCU and
UNTHSC School of Medicine.
“The presentation of this film and discussion with the Surgeons General are incredible
opportunities for our students, and medical students everywhere, to better understand
the insidious nature of health care disparities and to acquire skills to grow beyond
them,” said Stuart D. Flynn, founding dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine,
which is a presenting partner in the panel discussion. “The more light that we can
shine on these issues, the more we can empower change, forging us closer to building
a system that is fair and equitable for all.”
The panel discussion was moderated by Dorothy Jones-Davis, PhD, founding Executive
Director of Nation of Makers, a nonprofit that helps America’s maker organizations
through community building, resource sharing and advocacy. The five former U.S. Surgeons
General who participated in the roundtable Q&A included:
Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General, who served during former President George
W. Bush's administration.
Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 15th Surgeon General and the United States' first black surgeon
general, who also served under Clinton.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General, who served during former President Barack
Dr. Antonia Novello, 14th Surgeon General, who served during former President George
H.W. Bush's administration.
Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General, who served during former President Bill Clinton's
Open Season: Racism and Health Disparities, the Two Deadliest Diseases in America was produced by URU, The Right to Be, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses multimedia
solutions at the intersection of the arts, humanities, science and technology to move
all stakeholders toward a more equitable and humane world.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) 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 operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM 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. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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