Modern Healthcare Names Pickron-Davis Among Top Diversity Leaders
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Modern Healthcare Names Pickron-Davis Among Top Diversity Leaders in Health Care

October 26, 2023

Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, Chief Diversity OfficerMarcine 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 annual meeting.

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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