PCOM Receives National Honor for Excellence in DiversitySeptember 15, 2015
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2015 Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest
and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the
annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that
demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—PCOM will be featured,
along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity
magazine. This is the first time PCOM has been named as a HEED Award recipient—an
honor that has never been bestowed upon an osteopathic medical school.
“Diversity is a core value at PCOM,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and CEO.
“As a post-graduate institution that trains osteopathic physicians and health care
professionals, our students need to reflect the patients and the families they will
care for and serve. Our goal is to integrate diversity into the fabric of our soul.
It starts with our Board of Trustees, our leadership team, our faculty, our employees
and our student population.”
“As an institution, we work from the paradigm that academic excellence and diversity
are inextricably linked,” said Lisa McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer. “This recognition
by INSIGHT Into Diversity is a manifestation of the commitment PCOM has to creating
a learning and working environment that is nurturing and beneficial to all members
of our campus community.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PCOM for its commitment to diversity and
inclusion in every aspect of the College, from its recruitment efforts, to its academic
offerings, to the physical space on its Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. Much of
this activity has stemmed from the formation of the President’s Diversity Council,
a group of individuals from both campuses who make recommendations to Dr. Feldstein
on matters of equity and diversity, and provide strategic execution of the College’s
“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that
includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and
best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects
of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application
in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and
we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being
accomplished every day across a campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT
Into Diversity magazine.
For more information about the 2015 HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.
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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