Modern Healthcare Names Pickron-Davis Among Top Diversity Leaders in Health CareOctober 26, 2023
Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) chief diversity and community
relations officer, has been named among the top leaders in diversity in health care
by Modern Healthcare. The recognition program honors the top diverse healthcare executives and organizations
influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country. Winner profiles
are featured on Modern Healthcare’s website and in the October 16, 2023, print issue of the magazine.
“The work we are doing at PCOM represents a sustained commitment to educating students
who are culturally competent and who appreciate the rich social fabric that binds
us together,” said Pickron-Davis. “It’s an honor to be recognized among such an esteemed
group of healthcare leaders.”
“Modern Healthcare’s 2023 Top Diversity Leaders and organizations exemplify a commitment to meaningful
diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Dan Peres, president of Modern Healthcare. “They have exceeded industry standards and continue to devote necessary resources
to providing internal opportunities while advancing community health equity, setting
a great example for others.”
Pickron-Davis is the driving force behind advancing PCOM’s DEI initiatives across all three of its campus locations. She has spearheaded the development of
the College’s 2025 institutional DEI strategic plan, including leading programs that
introduce faculty, staff, and students to LGBT-inclusive healthcare, cultivating a
network of strategic partners around health equity and community outreach, and promoting
the engagement of faculty, staff, and students in DEI professional development certifications.
As a result of her work, PCOM is a nine-time recipient of the Health Professions Higher
Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This award measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity
of commitment to broadening DEI on campus through initiatives, student recruitment
and retention, and hiring practices for faculty and staff.
Pickron-Davis also leads the President's Council on Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, which includes faculty, staff, and students representing PCOM’s three campus locations.
This Council — made up of four work groups that include admissions, human resources,
and academic affairs — meets monthly with PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, to make recommendations that advance DEI efforts in various policies and practices.
Dr. Pickron-Davis has been instrumental in elevating and promoting PCOM and the college’s
leadership in advancing DEI at National Conferences, such as the IBX Women in Leadership
Symposium, the Association of Professionalism in Healthcare’s annual meeting, the
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s annual meeting, the
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine annual meeting, the International
Association of Medical Science Educators, and the Leadership in Higher Education’s
She is also actively involved in cultivating civic engagement and social responsibility
partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and non-profit leaders. She served
as the inaugural co-chair of the Council of Diversity and Equity for the American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine where she was responsible for providing
leadership to the constituent groups in their efforts to improve DEI practices.
In addition, she’s actively involved with various community organizations helping
to promote DEI efforts, such as Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues
(BEBASHI-Transition to Hope), the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood
Development, and the Forum for Executive Women (FOEW). She began her two-year term
as Chair of the FOEW’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in July 2023.
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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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