A Message to the PCOM Community on Anti-Asian Violence March 11, 2021
From President Jay S. Feldstein, DO '81
Dear Members of the PCOM Community,
In recent months, our country has seen a rise in violence against Asian Americans.
As an institution that educates competent, caring osteopathic physicians, pharmacists,
allied health professionals and behavioral scientists, we have a responsibility to
the communities we serve to not just shine a light on racism and bias, but to help
heal the wounds of all marginalized communities.
We know this is a challenging time for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
We stand with you in unequivocally denouncing these sickening and disheartening acts
of violence. We must do our part to stop such acts and move purposefully and passionately
toward a more just and equitable society. As health professionals, it is incumbent
on us to seek out and rectify the structures of racism, ignorance and inequity in
health care, and we must continue to address the racial and social disparities we
see mirrored in public health.
As a reminder, counseling and mental health services are available to all PCOM students
at no cost through the Office of Student Affairs, and we encourage you to make use of these resources should you need them. Similar
resources are also available for all PCOM faculty and staff through myPCOM.
PCOM’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations offers additional resources to learn more about the Asian American experience:
Jay S. Feldstein, DO '81
President and Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine