DO Class of 2018 to Receive Unique Graduation GiftMay 16, 2018
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) works to ensure that each student who graduates has the tools he or she needs to
become a successful, caring and competent health care practitioner. This year, doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students in the class of 2018 will receive an additional tool: a book of poetry.
Tools of the Trade: Poems for New Doctors, published by the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Scotland, is designed to
help young physicians navigate the stressors of their new professions. The book comprises
51 poems centered on five themes: “Looking after Yourself,” “Looking after Others,”
“Beginnings,” “Being with Illness” and “Endings.”
“To care and be compassionate to others, we first need to be compassionate, to look
after, to be kind to ourselves,” notes the book’s introduction.
Since 2014, every medical school graduate in Scotland has received the book, and now
the idea has spread to the US, with PCOM being the first medical school in the country
to offer the book to its entire class of graduating physicians.
“We are the perfect school to do this, because we take such a humanistic approach
to care,” said Murray Zedeck, DO ’62, who donated the books to the Philadelphia campus DO class of 2018. (The Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) DO class will receive their books through an anonymous donor). “That should extend
not only to our patients, but to the physicians themselves.”
“Shouldering a full caseload and seeing 30-40 patients a day, all dealing with different
health issues, can take its toll on a physician,” continued Dr. Zedeck, who also sponsors
the Zedeck Medical Humanities Lectureship Series, which brings speakers from creative
fields to the Philadelphia campus for the educational benefit of students.
Dr. Zedeck saw a news story about the book and thought it would be the perfect gift
for PCOM’s DO students. “This book—which can fit right in their white coat pocket—can
provide the opportunity to reflect and relax. It allows them to take a step back and
focus on something else, which I believe makes for healthier doctors,” he said.
“We are incredibly grateful for this generous and unique gift to our graduates,” said
Carrie Collins, JD, chief advancement officer. “We’ve taught them how to be good physicians, and this
will help them remember that they’re good human beings.”
The Philadelphia campus DO class of 2018 will graduate Saturday, June 2 at 4 pm at the Academy of Music. The GA-PCOM DO class of 2018 will graduate Thursday, May 24 at 2:30 pm at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth, Georgia.
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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.
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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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