Melissa Neumann Schwartz, DO ’91, Receives PCOM Certificate of Honor
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Melissa Neumann Schwartz, DO ’91, Receives Certificate of Honor

January 19, 2021

PCOM alum Melissa Neumann Schwartz, DO ’91, is the  recipient of the 2021 Alumni Association Certificate of HonorPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced Melissa Neumann Schwartz, DO ’91, RES ’96, FAOCOO, FAAOA, founder of the Montgomery County ENT Institute and an otolaryngologist in private practice, as the recipient of the 2021 PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Honor. It is the highest award given by the Association in recognition of distinguished services rendered and loyal devotion to the welfare and strengthening of PCOM. Dr. Schwartz will be honored at PCOM’s virtual Founders’ Day celebration on Friday, January 22 from 10-11 a.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

As president of the PCOM Alumni Association from 2018 to 2020, Dr. Schwartz focused her tenure on building a national network of PCOM graduates while supporting students under the financial strain of a 21st-century graduate education. Dr. Schwartz’s distinguished leadership and loyal devotion to the Association, including work on the executive committee (since 2009) and as Pennsylvania district director (since 2000), has earned her the 2021 PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Honor.

During Dr. Schwartz’s tenure, the Association provided alumni with annual grants for professional development opportunities. Association support was extended to PCOM students through scholarships for travel abroad, mission trips, and/or fellowships that require travel. And an Alumni Association endowment fund helped augment experiences in medical and clinical research for students applying to postgraduate placements.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association has encouraged alumni to consider support of the PCOM Student Emergency Fund, which provides subsidy to those students adversely impacted by process changes and campus closures, among other hardships.

“The students’ needs during such an unprecedented time have been far-reaching,” said Dr. Schwartz, who raised three children in Bala Cynwyd, PA, with her husband, Seth. “There has been such a generous response from the PCOM alumni community.”

Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified fellow of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in both Ear, Nose and Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Schwartz serves as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Otolaryngology at PCOM and Drexel University School of Medicine. Among her greatest joys is teaching and mentoring medical students at PCOM and PCOM Georgia; she also relishes being on the campuses to lecture and speak at student club activities.

Learn more about Founders' Day 2021 and the other award recipients.

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