Nearly 100,000 osteopathic physicians are in active medical practice across the United States, making them one of the fastest growing segments in the health care industry. On June 5, PCOM graduated 260 newly minted DOs at its 125th Commencement ceremony. Those graduates have gone on to some of the most competitive residencies in the country.
Brian A. Nester, DO ’88, MSc ’94, MBA, CPE, FACOEP, presented the Commencement address. Dr. Nester is the president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, overseeing a comprehensive, integrated health network that includes three full-service licensed hospitals with five campuses, a Children’s Hospital, an employed physician group with over 1,000 providers, and 14 outpatient health centers.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.
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