With the transition to remote work and learning that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents and caregivers now find themselves in the role of teacher. Recognizing an opportunity for open dialogue and thoughtful idea sharing, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Department of Human Resources partnered with the Office of Diversity and Community Relations on a series of webinars. These webinars were created for participants to discuss what they have learned during this time as well as receive advice that they can implement into their everyday life.
To guide the conversation, the webinar included a number of questions for participants to reflect on. From “What strategies have you implemented to ensure a smooth schedule?”, to “What resources have you used for your children?”, these questions opened the doors for participants to share their top tips. In response to the question, “What was your biggest takeaway from this time period?”, Alisa Toney, who is now working at home alongside her two children, shared, “It is important to remain flexible, nimble and optimistic. Everyday there is a new need that must be met.”
“We are all still learning how best to manage our homes during these challenging times,” shared Alicia Hahn-Murphy, diversity and inclusion program coordinator. “We wanted to give people an opportunity to hear what’s working for their peers that could possibly work for them too.”
This recent round of webinars was available to the PCOM community, with two sessions available – one for parents of young children and one for parents of school-aged children. “Our hope is to continue these open webinars and keep the conversation and flow of ideas open,” said Ms. Hahn-Murphy.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our 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 in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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